International Economics Major


Ninety-two percent of the world’s economic growth is in markets outside of the United States. (Source: U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 2012)

Want to be a part of it?

The ability to speak more than one language is critical to succeed in business in Europe, Asia, and Latin America, according to 88 percent of executive recruiters from those regions. (Source: Korn/Ferry International, 2005). Linguistic and cultural fluency is an increasingly important asset in business—and students in the University of Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters can achieve both with a major in international economics.

To help you prepare for careers in global business, nonprofits, or government, the curriculum combines rigorous coursework in the Department of Economics with advanced training in French, Italian, or Spanish language and culture through the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures.

The major also provides you with opportunities for study abroad as well as overseas internships and research projects.

This course of study exemplifies the College of Arts and Letters’ cross-disciplinary approach to nurturing the development of business leaders and global citizens who have both the analytical and cultural skills needed to navigate today’s interconnected world economy.


International Economics- Romance Languages (IERL) Major Worksheet (pdf)

  •  Calculus I and II courses
  •  Exploring International Economics course
  •  at least eight economics courses (see list below)
  •  7 to 10 intermediate and advanced courses in French, Italian, or Spanish (at least four must have a cultural, economics, and/or historical emphasis—see list below)
  •  senior seminar (can replace one of the required 40000-level Romance language courses)
  •  yearlong senior thesis or capstone research project

Required Economics Courses

All of the following:

  •  Principles of Micro Economics
  •  Principles of Macro Economics
  •  Intermediate Microeconomic Theory
  •  Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory
  •  Statistics
  •  Econometrics

Two of the following:

  •  International Economics
  •  International Trade
  •  International Money
  •  Development Economics

Required Romance Languages Courses:

  •  one 20202-level course or above
  •  one 30310 textual analysis course
  •  two survey courses
  •  one 40000-level course taught in the target language
  •  one 40000-level course taught in English on related subject

The International Economics Major: Your Passport to the World

Acquire the business and language skills you need to succeed in the worldwide marketplace.

For information on the major, contact:
Shauna Williams
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Department of Romance Languages and Literatures

For economics-specific questions, contact:
Mary Flannery
Department of Economics