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Foreign Language and International Economics

What can a Foreign Language & International Economics major do for you?

The Foreign Language and International Economics (FLIE) major combines economics with proficiency in another language and prepares you for a future in government, international relations, law, research, multinational corporations, and local industries who conduct business internationally. The economic component of the FLIE program at UK teaches you how to view and process world happenings from an economic perspective as you learn how to forecast general economic conditions, estimate trends, analyze data, and use economic theory to help organizations operate more efficiently. In addition to the economic component, you will gain proficiency in a foreign language. The FLIE major currently pairs with the Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish programs. The pairing with a specific language is a crucial enrichment that allows you to seamlessly apply your skills in economics in today’s global economy. Some examples of careers chosen by FLIE majors include: the IRS (economist), Transition Networks (international account manager), Alltech (Asia-Pacific marketing coordinator), the German Embassy in Washington, D.C. (media analyst), CSX (manager of environmental sustainability partnerships) and Bank for International Settlements in Switzerland (economist).

120 Semester Hours

48 Credit Hours

30 Core Hours

Career opportunities

Career opportunities in Foreign Language and International Economics

  • Attorney
  • Campaign staffer
  • Consultant
  • Creative writer
  • Development associate
  • Economist
  • Editorial assistant
  • Financial Analyst
  • Foreign Service officer
  • Intelligence officer
  • Journalist
  • Legislative assistant
  • Librarian
  • Military Services
  • News producer
  • Paralegal
  • Physician
  • Policy analyst
  • Production coordinator
  • Professor
  • Program assistant
  • Reference researcher
  • Social worker
  • Speech writer
  • Student Services administrator
  • Teacher
  • University admissions officer
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Department of Modern & Classical Languages, Literatures and Cultures
(859) 257-3761
1055 Patterson Office Tower
Lexington KY 40506-0027