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Modern Foreign Languages & Literatures – Language and World Business Major Guide for 2016-2017

What is Language and World Business?

Language and World Business (LWB) is a concentration within the curriculum of the Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures that allows students to obtain a B.A. degree by completing a special major in Chinese, French and Francophone Studies, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, or Spanish and Hispanic Studies with an emphasis in international business, international retail merchandising, or international agricultural economics. The program includes a practical experience component, either an international internship, a local internship, study abroad course work, or any combination of these. Students pursuing the LWB concentration may count as many as two courses toward divisional distribution requirements of both the major and the college. This policy does not reduce the total credit hours required to obtain your degree, but it will facilitate your participation in foreign study programs by giving you the greatest flexibility when you choose courses to be taken abroad.

Career Opportunities in Language and World Business

Businesses and graduate schools value the excellent communication skills, international experience, and practical training of LWB graduates because they are culturally diverse, flexible and open to new ideas and ways of thinking about the world and their place in it. They often have acquired the international experience and developed the intercultural and linguistic skills that potential employers seek.

Salary Trends in Language and World Business

A degree in arts and sciences prepares students for many types of careers and graduate study, as well as a lifetime of critical thinking. Your college major is not necessarily the deciding factor in your career choice; rather, it is a chance to explore passions and possibilities. As with any degree, pre-professional experience (for example, volunteering, work experience, studying abroad and internships) increases your chances of obtaining the job you want and affects your potential salary. The mastery of a second language is a distinguisher that will set you apart from your peers.

High School Preparation

High school students interested in the LWB program should take as many courses as possible in a single foreign language. We also advise students to take courses that develop strong writing and critical analysis skills, as well as courses that expose students to the business world.

How to Major in Language and World Business

The criteria for admission to the program (as well as progression toward the degree and graduation) include academic merit, a demonstrated sense of purpose, and the ability to maintain the following quality of work:

▪     a cumulative GPA of at least 2.7 in all courses and

▪     a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 in all language courses that count toward the degree.

MFLL 199 is a requirement for the program and students are encouraged to enroll in this course as early as possible in their academic career.  Program standards are adjusted periodically, and current requirements are available from the Director or Assistant Director of the Language and World Business Program.  To be admitted into the program, students should complete the application available on the program website,

Special Programs, Co-ops, and Internships

To earn credit for an internship, students must complete an internship agreement form before doing the work and fulfill all requirements described in the agreement. Information on earning credit for an internship can be found on each language page, simply by clicking on the World Business tab. 
The Language and World Business Student Association (LWBSA), a student-run association for majors in LWB, is involved in a variety of activities.  Contact the Assistant Director for information on LWBSA.

Highlights of Language and World Business

All students take Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures (MFLL) 199, a two-hour course that gives students an overview of the LWB program and introduces them to career opportunities in the global marketplace. MFLL 199 should be taken as early as possible after entrance into the major, preferably during the first semester of the sophomore year.

Professional Emphasis

▪    International Business students complete the 25-hour business concentration, which includes these courses: Accounting 200, Management 201, Economics 201, Statistics 201, Finance 300, Marketing 300, Management 472 and Economics 322 or IB 409. Prerequisites are Math 125 or Math 141.

▪    International Retail Merchandising students will take 25 hours. Required courses: Accounting 200; Management 201; Marketing 300; Retail and Consumer Sciences 210, 310, 421; and six additional credit hours from the following: Retail and Consumer Sciences 410, 411, 412, 484, 493. Prerequisites are RCS 210, Math 125 and RCS 341. Students should consult their catalogs and advisors to ensure that all pre-requisites are met.

▪   International Agricultural Economics students will complete 24 hours. Required courses: Accounting 200, Management 201, Agricultural Economics 320, 342, 350, 420, 430, and three hours from Finance 300, Marketing 300, or Management 300 or 472. Economics 201 or Agricultural Economics 201 is a prerequisite to this emphasis. Students should consult their catalogs and advisors to ensure that all prerequisites are met.

All students take Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures (MFLL) 199, a two-hour course that gives students an overview of the LWB program and introduces them to career opportunities in the global marketplace. MFLL 199 should be taken as early as possible after entrance into the major.

Language requirements

▪     Arabic —26 hours. Required courses: Arabic 221, 222, 331, 332, three hours of 490 (Internship) or 491 (Foreign Study), and 12 hours of Arabic and / or Middle East studies courses.

▪     Chinese concentration—30 hours. Required courses: Chinese 231–232, Chinese 331–332, three hours of Asian Languages 490 or 491, and 9 hours chosen from Chinese 311, 315, History 389, 390, 391, and 476, Political Sci­ence 454, or Religious Studies/Philoso­phy 376 or 379, or other courses approved by the Asian Studies advisor; and three hours of ASLN 490 (Internship) or ASLN 491 (Foreign Study).

▪     French and Francophone Studies —30 hours. Required courses: French 333, French 345, French 353, French 400, French 422, French 432, French 440, a 400-level literature course, and three hours of French 490 (Internship) or French 491 (Foreign Study).

▪     German —30 hours. Required courses: German 301, 302, 311, 312, 485, three hours from German 323 or 363, three courses numbered 323 or above, and three hours of German 490 (Internship) or 491 (Foreign Study).

▪     Hispanic Studies —33 hours. Required courses: Spanish 323; 330; 331; 345 or 346; one 300-level literature survey course; three hours of Spanish 490 (Internship) or 491 (Foreign Study); two 300 -400 level language, literature or culture courses; two 400-level language, literature or culture courses; and Portuguese  400. Students whose proficiency in Spanish is superior as defined by the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines may substitute a 400-level course for 323 with consent of department.

▪     Italian —27 hours. Required courses: Italian 314, 341, 342, 401, three hours of 490 (Internship) or 491 (Foreign Study), and 12 hours of any 400-level literature courses.

▪     Japanese concentration–29 hours. Required courses: Japanese 251, 252, 351, 352, 451, 452, MFLL 495; three hours of Asian languages 490 (Internship) or 491 (Foreign Study); and six hours from the following: Japanese 313, 314, 321, or 413.

   Portuguese concentration–33 hours. Required courses: Portuguese 301, 303, 309, 315, 326, 430, 432; nine hours from the following: Portuguese 400, 409, 491 Latin American and Caribbean Studies 344, 360, 361, 465; and three hours of Portuguese 490 (Internship) or 491 (Foreign Study).

▪     Russian major—30 hours. Russian 311, 312, 401, 402, 451, 452, three hours of 490 (Internship) or 491 (Foreign Study), and nine hours from Russian 221, 222, 371, 372 or any 300 or 400 level course.


Ready for the World logo

LWB students complete three hours in language courses numbered 490 (Internship) or 491 (Foreign Study) for their practical experience component. With assistance from the LWB faculty and other members of the university staff, students identify internship opportunities in the U.S. and abroad.  For information on study-abroad programs, students talk to the Director or Assistant Director of the LWB program or a member of the staff of the Center for International Education (CIE):

Learn more about UT’s Ready for the World initiative to help students gain the international and intercultural knowledge they need to succeed in today’s world.

Experience Learning

Experience Learning LogoExperience Learning is a bold new initiative with the goal of transforming the educational student experience at the University of Tennessee. Over a five-year period, UT will transform our culture to give students more opportunities to be involved in civic engagement, solve complex real-world problems, and contribute to the welfare of their communities as part of their regular course work.

The purpose of Experience Learning is to help students apply the knowledge, skills, and values learned in the classroom to real-world challenges. Experience Learning also seeks to engage student learning through direct experience and intense reflection to increase knowledge, acquire lifelong learning and problem-solving skills, and elucidate values.

Learn more about Experience Learning.

Academic Plan and Milestones

Following an academic plan will help students stay on track to graduate in four years. For first-time, first-year, full-time, degree-seeking students, UT has implemented Universal Tracking (uTrack), an academic monitoring system designed to help students stay on track for timely graduation. In order to remain on track, students must complete the minimum requirements for each tracking semester, known as milestones. Milestones may include successful completion of specified courses and/or attainment of a minimum GPA.

To see a sample academic plan and milestones for this major, please visit the undergraduate catalog.

For More Information

Dr. Sébastien Dubreil
Director of Language and World Business
601C McClung Tower
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, TN 37996
Dr. Lisa Y. F. Parker
Assistant Director of Language and World Business
1204 McClung Tower
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, TN 37996
Language and World Business website:


The information on this page should be considered general information only. For more specific information on this and other programs refer to the UT catalog or contact the department and/or college directly.

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