Commerce, Language and Culture

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.

Interdisciplinary Major

(B.A. degree) A total of 60 hours is required for the major. The major requires a business foundation of 24 hours, a language foundation of 18 hours, 15 hours from the interdisciplinary component, and one 3-hour elective chosen with Program Coordinator’s approval. (No minor is required.)

Business Foundation

BUA 210, 211, 335, 353; ECO 221, 223, MAT 109 or 121; 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.)

  • FRE 230, 235, 335, 355, 301, and either FRE 310, 312 and 321
  • GER 230, 235, 301, 355, 310 and 312
  • SPA230, 235, 301, 355, and either SPA 310 and 320 or SPA 312 and 322

The language foundation courses will enable students 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. 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.

Interdisciplinary Component

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. On-campus courses are team-taught. The internship and study abroad requirements enable students to convert classroom knowledge into working knowledge tempered by experience.

Course Offerings

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 French, German, Japanese and Spanish-speaking cultures that are part of the CLC program. Prerequisite: admission to the CLC Program and FRE/GER 230, SPA 255, or instructor’s permission. Odd Falls



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