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Language and World Business

Sara W. Robinson China Summer Palace BeijingLanguage 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 Arabic, Chinese, French and Francophone Studies, German, Hispanics Studies, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, or Russian with a professional emphasis in International Business, International Retail Merchandising, or International Agricultural Economics. Below is an outline of the program:

Majors in Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures/LWB Concentrations

All of which are combined with one of the following professional emphases:

  • International Business
  • International Retail Merchandising
  • International Agricultural Economics

Practical Experience

Requirements for the B.A. degree within the LWB program also include a practical experience/internship component:

  • 490-international or local internship, or
  • 491-foreign study

LWB students studying abroad or doing internships may apply for four (4) different scholarships:

  1. The Mossman Scholars Endowment Award
  2. The Arant Scholarship
  3. The Goldman/Pendleton Scholarship
  4. The Clayton McDonald Undergraduate Travel Abroad Scholarship
Note: Students undertaking an internship are required to purchase professional liability insurance coverage before beginning service. For domestic internships, contact the Office of Risk Management. For international internships, students should first contact the Programs Abroad Office.

LWB Admission Requirements

To be accepted into the program, all students must complete an application for admission: LWB Application Form [PDF | DOC]

LWB Academic Requirements

Students should plan to complete the MFLL 199 prerequisite course as early as possible in their academic career. This course is currently offered every Fall semester.

To progress and remain in the LWB program, students must do the following:

  • Minimum requirements for entrance, progression through the major, and graduation are a 2.7 cumulative average in all courses specifically required by the College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Earn a grade of C or better in all program related courses;
  • Earn a 3.0 cumulative GPA in language courses (i.e., lower-division and upper-division courses in language, literature, culture, cinema, etc.).
  • Earn 3 hours of credit for 490 (local or international internship) or 491 (study abroad).
  • Students must meet these requirements for progression prior to the completion of 75 hours.

As program standards may be adjusted periodically, students are encouraged to contact the Director or Assistant Director of the Language and World Business Program for the most current requirements:

    Dr. Lisa Y.F. Parker
    Director of Language and World Business Program
    603 McClung Tower
    Phone: 865-974-9827

    Florence Abad Turner, MA
    Coordinator of French Language and World Business Program
    607 McClung Tower

Get Involved with LWB

  • Come and join the Language and World Business Student Association! Visit the LWBSA Facebook page for a listing of current LWB events or the VOLink and search for LWBSA.
  • If you would like to join the LWBSA, please contact Dr. Lisa Y.F. Parker at

To view more information about the LWB program, watch the videos below:

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