Language and International Trade (B.A.)


  • Intensive tutoring is available through Clemson’s brand new Academic Success Center.
  • In addition to language study, you’ll take business classes related to your area of concentration.
  • The Clemson Language Immersion program helps prepare you for study abroad.
  • You will have many ways to build proficiency in your chosen language, from the language lab to language clubs to conversing with your host family during study abroad.

Right now is an exciting time to prepare for a career in the global marketplace, using advanced language skills in the field of international business. Clemson’s language and international trade major combines intensive foreign language study (French, German, Japanese, Mandarin or Spanish) with a professional business concentration in one of the following areas: international trade, tourism or applied international economics. Old boundaries are dissolving rapidly, and doing business often means doing business abroad. Students who choose this major want to immerse themselves in another language and another culture. They want to learn how to live, work and succeed in a business environment that’s anything but local.


What you'll study:

In addition to 120 hours of course work, you will be required to complete an approved study abroad program so  you can immerse yourself in the target language and culture you have studied in the classroom. You'll also complete an approved internship with an international company, either here in the U.S. or abroad. We offer three concentrations in language and international trade.

Applied International Economics Concentration
You’ll study the international marketing of food products — such as prepared foods, beverages and grains — all vital to the world economy. You will also take courses in world resource management and globalization. This concentration is particularly well suited to students considering the Peace Corps or other work experiences in Third World countries.

International Trade Concentration
This concentration area prepares you to enter a career in international sales, marketing, accounting, law, logistics and even government service. Through a series of core, business-related classes in accounting, economics, management and marketing, you’ll be ready to enter the workforce or continue on to an MBA program.

Tourism Concentration
You will take classes in tourism, consumer behavior, marketing and economics. If you are interested in a career in hospitality, travel, meetings and conventions, study abroad administration or special interest tourism, this track is for you.


Popular Minors:

  • Chinese
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Spanish

Similar Majors:


Honing your skills in your target language is key to success in this program, and you’ll have lots of options to do so outside the classroom.

Internships and Research Projects:

Study abroad and exchange programs are offered in countries around the world, including Argentina, Belgium, China, Ecuador, France and Japan.
The Language Lab offers additional opportunities to practice and advance your language skills with hands-on approaches to media and technology essential for your studies.
The annual Language and International Trade Conference brings business executives from international corporations and business leaders to campus for two days of talks, networking and roundtable sessions.

Connect with Other Students:


What are students doing at graduation?*




Grad School


Seeking Employment



Where are students headed at graduation?*

Recent employers and job titles*

    Cardinal Health — Pharmacy Business Consultant
    Sandler & Travis Trade Advisory Services — Trade Compliance Account Manager
    German American Chamber of Commerce — Market Entry Team member
    Hotel Vermont — Event Coordinator

Recent graduate schools and sought degree types*

  • University of South Carolina — Master of International Business
    Boston University — Master of Public Health

Common Career Areas**

  • International Business
    • Management
    • Marketing and Sales
    • Product Management
    • Production
    • Customer Service
    • Purchasing
    • Finance and Accounting
    • Import/Export
    • Transportation
    • Travel and Tourism
  • NonProfit
    • Study Abroad Administration
    • International Exchange Programs
    • Arts Administration
    • Grant Writing
    • Foreign Missions
    • Charitable Organizations
  • International Relations/Government
    • Translating/Interpreting
    • International Trade Administration
    • International Law
    • Foreign Service
*Represents students who graduated from Clemson in May 2014. Provided by the department.
**Used w/permission from Univ. of Tennessee.

Have more questions or want more information? Fill out the form below, which goes directly to the following department contact. If you’d also like to receive general University information from Clemson’s admissions office, please follow the link to the right and sign up to join our mailing list.

Eric Touya, Interim Director of L&IT
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