Sep 20, 2021
Objectives of the program are to promote cultural awareness and sensitivity with reference to our own society as well as to societies of other world regions and to provide the skills and knowledge necessary for competent performance in an international business environment.
- Declare the foreign language to be used for the language area requirement on the Application for Graduate Admission (e.g., Language and International Trade - French). Native speakers of a language may not elect that language without permission of the language section concerned. (Students applying to the ESL section of the master of arts in language and international trade should be sure their completed applications reach the Office of Admissions five months prior to the first semester of their program.);
- Possess a minimum overall undergraduate grade point average of 2.75;
- Submit a statement of their reasons for pursuing this degree;
- Have two of their former University professors complete departmental recommendation forms and forward them directly to the department; and
- Meet the background requirements stated below:
- Foreign Language - Non-native speakers of French, German or Spanish must possess at least a minor in that language with a minimum grade point average of 3.0, or the equivalent proficiency. Non-native speakers of English must possess a minimum score of 80 on the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB), a minimum score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or a minimum score on the computerized versions. Students should see the EMU admissions website at www.emich.edu/admissions for required minimum scores.
- Economics - A two-course sequence in macroeconomic theory and policy. A two-course sequence in micro economic theory and policy. (Students not meeting the above requirements may be granted conditional admission and be required to complete either ECON 201 and ECON 301 or ECON 501 and either ECON 202 and ECON 302 , or ECON 502 . Students must achieve an overall grade point average of 3.0 [B] or better in deficiency courses.)
- Business - A course in the principles of accounting. A course in basic computers in business.
Students not meeting the above degree requirements may be granted conditional admission and be required to complete either ACC 240 and ACC 241 , or ACC 501 ; and MATH 118 plus COSC 101 or IS 215 , or IS 502 . Students must achieve an overall grade point average of 3.0 (B) or better in deficiency courses.
Conditional Admission - Conditional admission may be granted to students who do not meet the above admission requirements. These students will be required to take deficiency courses to meet these requirements; this work will be done in addition to regular program requirements. Students must achieve an overall grade point average of 3.0 (B) or better in deficiency courses.
Students must complete a minimum of 10 hours in a foreign language, six hours in economics, 12 hours in business and a cooperative education assignment for three to six hours.
To complement their academic training and enhance their professional preparation and chances for future employment, all students are expected to complete a minimum 15-week cooperative education assignment in the public or private sector, provided an appropriate position can be found. U.S. citizens may undertake this assignment either in the United States or in a country where the language being studied is spoken, while ESL students may elect only the U.S. co-op. In all cases, students must satisfy the requirements of the co-op for which they are eligible.
U.S. Co-op Placement
To be eligible for this placement, a student must have achieved at least a 3.0 GPA and have completed at least 12 hours of graduate business and economics courses, as well as half of the foreign language requirements. Students meeting these requirements should make an appointment with the language and international trade co-op advisor at least six months prior to the semester in which the student wishes to begin the co-op assignment.
Overseas Co-op Placement
To be eligible for this placement, a student must have achieved at least a 3.25 GPA and have completed 18 hours of graduate business and economics courses, as well as the foreign language requirement for the master of arts in language and international trade. The student must also pass an oral interview conducted by department faculty in the language being studied at least seven months before the date on which the student wishes to begin the international co-op assignment. Consult the language and international trade co-op advisor for further information.
Degree Requirements: 31-34 hours
The M.A. in Language and International Trade requires 31-34 hours of course work to be distributed among required courses in foreign language, economics, business and cooperative education courses as follows:
Foreign Language: 10 hours
If fulfilling foreign language requirement with English, complete ESLN642 and ESLN648 (five hours each).
If fulfilling foreign language requirement with French German or Spanish, complete 10 hours, including courses FRNH/GERN/SPNH 646/647 (three hours each), in the chosen language.
Economics: 6 hours
Other hours may be selected from among 500-level economics courses with the aid and approval of the language and international trade graduate advisor.
Business: 12 hours
Other hours are to be selected from 500-level business courses with the aid and approval of the language and international trade advisor. At least one of these must be a business course with an international focus.
Cooperative Education: 3-6 hours