International Economics Major

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Major in International Economics and Romance Languages. 


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

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Analytical skills paired with linguistic and cultural fluency are an increasingly powerful combination in any career field. Students in the University of Notre Dame's College of Arts and Letters can achieve both with a major in International Economics and Romance Languages.

To help you prepare for careers in global business, nonprofits, or government, the curriculum combines rigorous qualitative training  in the Department of Economics with advanced coursework 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 leaders and global citizens who have both the analytical and cultural skills needed to navigate today’s interconnected world economy.


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International Economics- Romance Languages (IERL) Major Worksheets: FrenchItalian and Spanish 

  •  2 - semesters Calculus 
  •  Exploring International Economics course
  •  At least eight economics courses 
  •  At least 6 courses in chosen language (French, Italian, or Spanish) 
  •  Senior Seminar (can replace one of the required 40000-level Romance Language courses)
  •  Senior 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 course
  •  two 30000 level courses
  •  two 40000-level courses


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