Language and World Business Major Guide for 2011-2012

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, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, or Spanish 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 three 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 well-rounded people. They often have acquired the international experience that potential employers seek.

Salary Trends in Language and World Business

A degree in arts and sciences prepares students for many types of careers. Your college major is not necessarily the deciding factor in your career choice. As with any degree, pre-professional experience (for example, volunteering, work experience, and internships) increases your chances of obtaining the job you want and affects your potential salary.

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 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 (and progression toward the degree) 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.  Program standards are adjusted periodically, and current requirements are available from the 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 get 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 getting credit for an internship is also available on the program website,
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 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.

Professional Emphasis

  • International Business students complete the 26-hour business minor, which includes these courses: Accounting 200, Management 201, Economics 201, Statistics 201, Finance 300, Marketing 300, Management 472 and Economics 322. Prerequisites are Math 125 or Math 141.
  • International Retail Merchandising students will take 26 hours. Required courses: Accounting 200; Business Administration 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, 415, 493. Students should consult their catalogs and advisors to ensure that all pre-requisites are met.
  • International Agricultural Economics students will complete 25 hours. Required courses: Accounting 200, Business Administration 201, Agricultural Economics 320, 342, 350, 420, 430, and three hours from Marketing 300, Management 300 or 472, Finance 300. Economics 201 and Agricultural Economics 212 are prerequisites to this emphasis. Students should consult their catalogs and advisors to ensure that all prerequisites are met.

Language requirements

  • 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.
  • French major—30 hours. Required courses: French 333, French 345, French 351, French 352, French 400, French 422, French 432, French 440, a 400-level literature course, and three hours of French 490 (Internship), French 491 (Foreign Study), French 492, or French 493 (Independent Study).
  • German major—30 hours. Required courses: German 301, 302, 311, 312, 485, 495, three hours from German 323 or 363,  three courses numbered 323 or above, and three hours of German 490, 491, 492, or German 493.
  • Italian major—27 hours. Required courses: Italian 314, 341, 342, 401, three hours of 490, 491 or 493, 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 or 491, and six hours from the following: Japanese 313, 314, 321, 413.
  • Portuguese concentration–33 hours. Required courses: Portuguese 301, 303, 309, 315, 326, 430 or 432, and nine hours of from the following: History 344, 360, 361, Portuguese 400, 409, 490, 491, 493, Spanish 401, 465; three hours of Portuguese 490, 491, or 493.
  • Russian major—30 hours. Required courses: Russian 311, 312, 401, 402, 451, 452, three hours of 490 or 491, and nine hours from Russian 221, 222 or any 300 or 400 level course.
  • Spanish major—33 hours. Required courses: Spanish 323; 330; 331; 345 or 346; at least one 300-level literature survey course; three hours of Spanish 490, 491, or 493; one 300 level literature survey course; 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.

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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 of the LWB program or a member of the staff of the Center for International Education (CIEE).

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.

Sample Curriculum

Following this four-year plan will help you stay on track to graduate in four years.  Milestone courses have been identified as the minimum courses that must be completed.

Sample Curriculum (Portuguese Language and World Business, International Business Professional Emphasis)
Freshman Year Credit Hours
English Composition 6
Portuguese 111, 112 6
Natural Science Lab Sequence 8
Mathematics 125 3
Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures 199 2
Social Science 6
Milestone courses: English 101, Math 125 or 141, beginning foreign language proficiency
Sophomore Year Credit Hours
Non-US History Sequence 6
Accounting 200 3
Management 201 4
Natural Science List B 3
Portuguese 211, 212 6
Arts and Humanities (General Education) 3
Economics 201 4
Statistics 201 3
Milestone courses: English 102, MFLL 199, Economics 201, Accounting 200, intermediate language and natural science (3-4 hrs)
Junior Year Credit Hours
Portuguese 301, 303 6
Portuguese 309 3
Portuguese 326, 432 6
Philosophy 252 (WC and Arts and Humanities B) 3
Upper Level Distribution 3
Marketing 300 3
Economics 322 3
Social Science 3
Senior Year Credit Hours
Portuguese 430 3
Portuguese 315 (Arts and Humanities A) 3
Portuguese (major) 9
Upper Level Distribution 3
Finance 300 3
Management 472 3
Communicating Orally 3
GRAND TOTAL (minimum) 120

For More Information

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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.