Professor Tom Cooper and Associate Professor Emily Stow,¬†Program Coordinators
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Commerce, Language & Culture Program – Interdisciplinary
400 East College Street
Georgetown, KY 40324
Georgetown College recognizes that business and culture are inextricably linked. Opportunities for students to participate in the global society and to engage effectively in business will be enhanced if students have studied business, language and culture in an integrated and reflective manner.
(B.A. degree) Sixty hours required. The major requires a business foundation of 24 hours, a language foundation of eighteen hours, fifteen hours from the interdisciplinary component, and one 3-hour elective chosen with Program Coordinator‚Äôs approval.¬† (No minor is required.)
BUA 210, 211, 335, 353; ECO 221, 223; MAT 109 or 125; MAT 111
The business foundation courses provide a sound foundation to enable students to understand the world of business. It includes accounting (the language of business), economics (the underlying theory beneath business study), finance (the major tool for evaluating business decisions), and international business operations that introduce students to the interaction of business and international matters.
Language Foundation (Students will select one language set) 18 hours
- FRE 230, 235, 335, 355, and two electives from either FRE 301, 310, 312, 321 or 329
- GER 230, 310, 355, 318/418 or 319/419, 345/445, 365/465 or 389/489 or 399/499
- SPA 230, 235, 355, and either SPA 310 and 320, or SPA 312 and 322, or SPA 310 and 312, and one additional SPA course at the 300 or 400 level
- JPN 201, 202, 320, 322, 335, 355
The language foundation courses will enable students of FRE, GER, and SPA to reach the Intermediate-High proficiency level, as defined by the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages, in the skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing in the target language. Students of JPN will reach the Intermediate-Low level. Furthermore, by means of a study of the great literary works, the arts, theater, music, geography, political structures, family life, and history, students will be prepared to understand, enjoy and participate in the foreign culture.
CLC 319; INS (as approved by program director); BUA 423, 450, 460
These courses bring together the separate strands developed in the business and language foundation courses. The internship and study abroad requirements enable students to convert classroom knowledge into working knowledge tempered by experience.
319. Foundations in Culture. (3 hours) This course introduces the student to the concept of culture and related theoretical questions as well as to aspects of the European, Asian and Hispanic Cultures. Prerequisites: JPN 202, FRE/GER/SPA 230, or instructor‚Äôs permission. ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Odd Falls
Click to See Career Options
- Human Resources
- Labor Relations
- Banking and Finance
- International Development
- Real Estate
- Product Management
- Healthcare Administration
- Agricultural Economics
- Domestic and foreign corporations
- Multinational service firms
- Global small and medium
- Domestic and foreign financial institutions
- International marketing firms
- International real estate firms
- International trade firms
- Contracting and consulting firms
- Convention and visitors’ bureaus
- International airlines
- Transportation, travel, and hospitality industry
|Learn at least one additional language. Spend a semester studying abroad. Seek an international internship, even if unpaid. Obtain volunteer, part-time, or summer experience at related organizations. Make personal contacts within targeted businesses. Learn about NAFTA, WTO, and GATT policies. Develop your interdisciplinary skills domestically and begin to develop a network of contacts if you want to pursue a career abroad. Acquire supervisory skills and experience by taking leadership roles in student organizations. Learn about geography and international travel regulations. Sharpen your public speaking skills and communication skills between cultures. Make an interdisciplinary commitment to continuous growth in understanding cultural diversity. Keep abreast of political, economic, and social changes worldwide. Increase cultural awareness and sensitivity for foreign markets and people. Develop an interdisciplinary understanding of the international business environment. Research firms with international interests.|
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS/ GOVERNMENT
- International Law
- Foreign Affairs
- Public Service
- Institutional/Community Development
- United Nations
- Relief organizations
- Religious organizations
- Non-profit organizations/corporations
- Educational institutions
- Consulting firms
- Research institutes
- National Security Council (NSC)
|Participate in an overseas mission experience. Plan to study abroad or participate in an international work experience. Learn a second or third language. Demonstrate your depth of dedication, willingness to adapt, and coping mechanisms to combat stress and difficult situations. Develop interdisciplinary skills in the areas of organizing groups, efficiency, and the ability to calm people.|
- Curriculum Development
- Research and Writing
- International Student Support Services
- Study Abroad Programming
- Public and private schools abroad
- Community organizations
- Federal government agencies
- English language institutes
- Overseas dependents‚Äô schools
- Religious and volunteer organizations
- Colleges and universities
|Gain practical domestic teaching experience and necessary training or certificate to teach abroad. Research certification options (TESOL, CELTA, CELTC, TEFL) Obtain certificates from schools whose graduates are hired in the international marketplace. Teaching training should include supervised classroom experience. Consider obtaining intensive TELS (Teaching English and a Second Language) training. Volunteer to tutor children and adults in English. Learn other languages to help understand how languages work. Sharpen intercultural competency, sensitivity, and tolerance. Develop superior written and oral communication skills in the English language including proper sentence structure and comprehensive vocabulary. Notify local hospitals, schools, and chambers of commerce of your availability to translate or interpret for international visitors. Minor or double major in another subject that you could also teach. Earn a master’s degree in College Student Affairs to work with study abroad programs or with international student services.|
- Foreign News Correspondence
- International Broadcasting
- Editorial/Column writing
- Investigative Journalism
- Freelance Work
- Foreign news agencies
- TV networks
- Large circulation newspapers
- Wire services
- Trade newspapers
- Online publishers
- Labor unions
- Academic journals
- International newspapers
- Self employed
|Obtain a summer job or internship with a newspaper. Demonstrate curiosity, high energy level, ability to produce under pressure, and withstand criticism. Develop excellent grammar and writing skills. Create a portfolio of writing samples, especially those that have been published. Join a professional journalism organization. Research international newspapers. Gain experience with campus newspaper or media. Travel or study abroad.|
- Entry-level positions are generally in the U.S., with mid-level positions involving some international travel. Corporations hire employees with the most experience or skills set for overseas work.
- Target larger firms that may be more likely to employ contracting services.
- Develop linguistic skills. Learn a second and third language.
- Demonstrate intercultural competency, sensitivity, and tolerance.
- Gain experience in communications with people from other countries.Get to know international students on your campus.
Live and/or work abroad while in school.
- Commit to a continuous study of host country‚Äôs language.
- Develop a good understanding of etiquette and business practices in country of target.
- Look for temporary positions abroad.
- Obtain daily papers in target city to determine international and national news, business features, real estate markets, and community calendars.
- Work domestically with an international firm as a contract representative.
- Develop traits such as creativity, initiative, tenacity, a willingness to take risks and an adventurous spirit, and a sense of humor.
- International Trade/Economics
Prepared by the Career Planning staff of Career Services at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
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