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BA in Language and International Business
Languages Department

BA in Language and International Business

B.A. in Language & International Business (LAIB)

Welcome to our unique Bachelor of Arts degree program. Right now is an exciting time to prepare yourself to launch a career using advanced language skills in the field of international business. With this brand of training, countless doors of opportunity will open for you in the increasingly global marketplace!

BA in Language and International Business

About LAIB

The LAIB program of study was launched in 1987 here at Clemson University. Originally known as Language and International Trade, the name was changed to Language and International Business to more accurately reflect the nature and focus of the program. This degree is basically a double major that combines: 1) modern language study (Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish) with a 2) professional stream (selected from business, tourism and economics courses).

This broad method of training prepares students to become dynamic actors in career fields including: Marketing and Sales, Purchasing, Finance and Accounting, Management, International Law, Import / Export, and even Government Service. 

In addition to 122 hours of coursework for the LAIB major, all students are required to complete an approved study abroad program in a country in which they will make extensive use of and receive real-life training in the target language they have studied in the classroom. Each student also completes an approved internship with an international company

LAIB graduates are employed in a great variety of fields and are making their mark on the world in impressive ways; we are very proud of their accomplishments. Come join us! 

Contact Information

Director: Lee Ferrell,  

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Su-I Chen, 


Anna Grace Araiza,  


Lee Ferrell, 


Anna Grace Araiza,


Satomi Saito, 


Anna Grace Araiza, 


Director of the LAIB Program

With the Clemson University Department of Languages for 19 years, Ferrell has taught at all levels, including business German. He has also taught the summer immersion course (Clemson Language Intensive Program or CLIP) which he began leading in Aachen, Germany in the Summer of 2012. In addition, his duties have included adviser to the German Club and the German Professional Society. He has sat on the Language Department's committee for the Language and International Business Conference for which he coordinated five conferences. He has also been organizer of four Conferences on German in the Professions held each fall on the Clemson Campus. He served as director of the Language and International Business Program from 2017-2020. Within the profession, he also served as president of the South Carolina chapter of the American Association of Teachers of German from 2014-2016.

Contact Professor Lee Ferrell
Prof. Lee Ferrell
Department of Languages
Department of Languages | 717 Strode Tower, Clemson, SC 29634