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International Studies

International Studies

Theodora Williams, M.S.I.S.International Business Concentration
Madame Cadillac Building, Room 205
Direct: (313) 927-1572
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Lourdes Torres, Ph.D. - International Studies
Language and Culture Concentration
Madame Cadillac Building, Room 259
Direct: (313) 927-1363
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Bachelor of Arts, International Studies in
Lan­guages and Business (B.A.)

Karen Davis, Ph.D.
Theodora Williams, M.S.I.S.
Ellis Ivory, M.A.
Lourdes I. Torres, Ph.D.
Tal Levy, Ph.D.

International Studies Overview


Study Abroad Advisor . Bilingual Assistant • Business Manager • Court & School Mediator • Foreign Service Worker • Publications Manager • Public Relations Expert • Technical & Scientific Writer • Translator • Website Editor


This international studies program, coupled with second-language fluency in Arabic, French, or Spanish, is de­signed to prepare you with the ability to communicate effectively or conduct business in a multicultural and global environment in the US and abroad. As a student in this program, you will develop strong writing and speaking skills in more than one language; you will gain the necessary understanding for interacting and negotiating with a diverse workforce in fields such as sales, the airline and tourism industries, health care, counseling, human resources, communication and public relations, and legal advocacy; and you will be prepared to work within a broad range of industries, governmental agencies, multinational corporations, social organizations, and educa­tional institutions.


This degree is offered as a collaborative effort by the Departments of English and Modern Languages, Business, Humanities, Political Science, Sociology, and History. Requirements include core content courses, language courses, and one of two concentrations, not to exceed a total of 72 semester hours, in addition to general educa­tion credits.


Here are some of the reasons why you might like to include language study as a part of your professional training.


Arabic, which is used by approximately 200 million speakers in 24 Middle Eastern, North African, and Sub-Saharan African countries, is the fifth most spoken language in the world and is quickly becoming one of the most important international languages for business and international relations. Although Arabic is also widely spoken in some parts of the United States, there is a recognized shortage of trained speakers of Arabic in North America.


French competes with English and Spanish as a lead­ing “international” language and remains an important tool for anyone who plans to go into international busi­ness or law. French is spoken not only in France, but also by millions of people in 34 other nations around the world in Europe, North America, the Caribbean, and Africa.


Spanish is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world – and in the U.S. The ability to speak Span­ish is a skill applicable to a wide range of careers, both at the domestic and international levels, including law, business, and international trade.

This interdisciplinary degree will prepare you for a wide range of professions. For example, you may seek careers as translators, bilingual assistants, customer service representatives, multinational marketers, inter­national entrepreneurs, business managers, publications managers, web site editors, foreign service workers, coordinators of multi­cultural recruitment, diversity trainers, court and school mediators, agency or foundation administrators, and public relations experts.

This degree can also lead to a variety of graduate fields of studies, for example, International Business, Business Management, Educational Leadership, Hu­man Resources, Professional Communication, Trans­lation, International Studies, Area Studies, Cultural Studies, Intercultural Communication, Cross-Cultural Studies, and Community Counseling.


The Translation Certificate Program

While pursuing the bachelor’s degree with the Translation Concentration, you can earn a Translation Certificate if you complete each translation course in the five-course sequence with a grade of B or better.

First-hand Language Experience

You will find that you will get the most out of your language program if you take every opportunity to speak Arabic, French, or Spanish and to immerse yourself in Arabic-, French-, or Spanish-speaking cultures.

A short study abroad experience is one of the core re­quirements for the major. In addition, Marygrove offers semester and summer abroad programs, and credits from these programs can apply to the major with prior approval. Work and volunteer abroad opportunities, summer jobs, and work/study placements can also put you in touch with Arabic, French, and Spanish-speaking people. You might consider part-time jobs with businesses that have Arabic, French, or Spanish international operations.

Prior Language Experience

If you can demonstrate near-native proficiency in French or Spanish (after taking a language proficiency exam, administered by the Modern Languages Pro­gram Director), Marygrove will waive FRE/SPA 151, 250, and 251 for you. In addition, you may substitute three other courses for the required 300-level courses in French or Spanish. You can either take other 300-level French or Spanish courses or take courses in a second foreign language at the 151 level or higher; you can also take three additional Humanities or English classes.

If you can demonstrate near-native proficiency in Arabic or another modern language, you will satisfy the language requirement by taking three classes in a second language at the 151 level or higher, or three additional English writing classes.

You can receive up to 12 hours of modern language credit through the Advanced Placement and CLEP programs (after taking a language proficiency exam, administered by the Modern Languages Program Di­rector), or you may transfer college credit in Spanish, French, Arabic, or other modern languages not offered at Marygrove. 

Bachelor of Arts, Language and International Business (B.A.)

The requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies in Languages, and Business are as follows:

A. General Education Requirements

B. Interdisciplinary Core Requirements  (12 cr. minimum)

C. Core Language Requirement (21 cr. minimum)

D. Concentration (30 to 36 cr.)




A. General Education Requirements

B. Core Content Courses

GEO 199        World Geography:                                          3 cr.
ENG 328*      Intercultural Communication                            3 cr
BUS 308         Business and Professional Writing                 3 cr.

                           Senior Seminar within concentration           3 cr.

HUM 362       Travel Seminar                                                 3 cr.


SAB 300         Study Abroad                                                   3 cr.                                        


SAB 300         Internship Abroad                                             3 cr.                                   


                           Multicultural Immersion                                 3 cr.

(Cooperative Field Experience, ARA/FRE/SPA 488)

C. Core Language Requirement


FRE 151         Elementary French II                                         3 cr.
FRE 250         Intermediate French I                                        4 cr.
FRE 251         Intermediate French                                          4 cr.
FRE 310         Business French                                               4 cr.
FRE 350         Advanced Grammar and Composition              4 cr.
FRE 325         Francophone Civilization                                   4 cr.


FRE 335         Caribbean Humanities                                        3 cr.                                        



SPA 151         Elementary Spanish II                                         3 cr.
SPA 250         Intermediate Spanish I                                        4 cr.
SPA 251         Intermediate Spanish II                                       4 cr.
SPA 310         Business Spanish                                               4 cr.             
SPA 350         Advanced Grammar                                           4 cr.             

SPA     332        Latin American Humanities and Composition  3 cr.


SPA 354         Iberian History and Culture                                 4 cr.             

D. Concentration

Choose one of the following concentrations:

     • Translation (30 cr.)

     • International Business (36 to 39 cr.)

Translation Concentration 30 credits

Translation Certificate, 16 cr.

Take each of the following courses in Arabic or French or

Spanish, totaling 16 credits:

ARA 400        Principles of Translation                                       3 cr.
ARA 401        Translation Workshop I                                        3 cr.
ARA 402        Translation Workshop II                                       3 cr.
ARA 403        Business Translation Workshop                          3 cr.
ARA 488        Cooperative Field Experience                              4 cr.


FRE 400         Principles of Translation                                      3 cr.
FRE 401         Translation Workshop I                                       3 cr.
FRE 402         Translation Workshop II                                      3 cr.
FRE 403         Business Translation Workshop                         3 cr.
FRE 488         Cooperative Field Experience                             4 cr.


SPA 400         Principles of Translation                                       3 cr.
SPA 401         Translation Workshop I                                        3 cr.
SPA 402        Translation Workshop II                                        3 cr.
SPA 403         Business Translation Workshop                          3 cr.
SPA 488         Cooperative Field Experience                              4 cr.     

Translation Concentration -  Writing  6 credits

ENG 317        The English Language                                          3 cr.

Choose one from the following three courses

ENG 207        Introduction to Mass Media                                   3 cr.
ENG 325  Writing Features & Articles                                         3 cr.
ENG 319        Writing Creative Nonfiction

                           Communication                                                 3 cr.

Translation Concentration  Electives 9 cr.

Choose three courses from the following:

ENG 350        World Literature                                                    3 cr.

Area Studies (Arab and Asian, Latin American,

African I, African II, African-American,

Caribbean: HUM 330, 332, 333A, 333B, 334, 335)                     3 cr.
POL 377        Transnational Politics                                            3 cr.
POL 395        Comparative Politics                                              3 cr.
POL/SOC 306 Ethnic and Racial Diversity                                 3 cr.
PSY 320         Psychology of Women                                         3 cr.
GEO 301        Cultural Geography                                              3 cr.

Business Concentration  36 – 39 credits

Business, 27 cr.

BUS 173         Introduction to Business                                     3 cr.
BUS 302         Principles of Marketing                                       3 cr.
BUS 342         International Marketing                                       3 cr.
BUS 266         Principles of Organization                                  3 cr.

and Management

BUS 304         Business Law I                                                    3 cr.
ACC 224        Principles of Accounting I                                    4 cr.
ACC 234        Principles of Accounting II                                   4 cr.
BUS 307         Finance                                                               4 cr.

Economics, 9 cr.

ECN 200        Introductory     Macroeconomics                        3 cr.        
ECN 203        Introductory     Microeconomics                         3 cr.                 
ECN 361        International Economics  and Finance                3 cr.                                            

Elective (beyond the 36 required credits)

BUS 388         Cooperative Field Experience                            3 cr.