International Economics


EALC announces new majors in Chinese and International Economics and Japanese and International Economics.  The new international economics major exemplifies the College of Arts and Letters’ cross-disciplinary approach to developing business leaders and global citizens who have both the analytical and cultural skills needed to navigate today’s interconnected global economy.

China and Japan represent the second and third largest economies in the world, after the United States.  Nearly half of students majoring or minoring in Chinese or Japanese are currently majoring in business or economics.  We anticipate that the new major in Chinese/Japanese and International Economics will be in high demand among EALC students, offering them a great opportunity to integrate their fields of study.  Our new joint program in International Economics and Chinese or Japanese will attract highly motivated Notre Dame undergraduates seeking to prepare themselves for global citizenship and for successful careers in Asian countries and contexts.

Students will take a minimum of eight economics courses and are also required to enroll in a one-credit “Exploring International Economics,” preferably their sophomore year, designed to integrate the study of culture with the study of economics.

Students must complete a minimum of four semesters of Chinese or Japanese language courses through the fourth year level, including two one credit fourth year supplements in Business Chinese or Japanese.  Students must also take a minimum of three upper division courses in Chinese or Japanese literature and culture, including at least one literature course taught by EALC faculty.

In their senior year, students have the option of writing a senior capstone essay that integrates their economic and language and culture study or taking the two semester sequence in fifth year Chinese or Japanese.  The senior capstone project may be a senior thesis under the guidance of a faculty member from Economics or East Asian Languages and Cultures or a research seminar paper that focuses on a topic or topics related to the economic, linguistic, and cultural characteristics of a country or countries where Chinese or Japanese is spoken.

See Checklist for the new major.