IB FOREIGN LANGUAGE TRACK
The IB Foreign Language Track allows students to focus their language studies, cultural coursework, and international experience on a single region, giving them unparalleled understanding in the business culture of their chosen region.
Dive Deep into Another Business Culture
Students pursuing the Foreign Language Track complete both IB 350 (International Trade) and International Business Operations (IB 378) and engage in a deep dive into a single foreign culture consisting of aligned language coursework, area studies coursework, and study abroad.
Geographic Focus Region & the IB Planner
Students are encouraged to explore language and area study coursework offerings at UT prior to settling on a geographic focus. Typically a geographic focus is a single country (e.g. Spain, Korea, Brazil) rather than a region, although a broader geographic range may be approved if specialized coursework is not available for countries in a specific region (e.g. Arabic-speaking Middle East). Please note that countries in which English is the official/pre-dominate language (e.g. United Kingdom) are generally not considered suitable for geographic focus due to the lack of available foreign language study.
Foreign Language Track students must complete 6 upper division hours of the primary language associated with their country of focus. Courses must be taught in the designated language, and must focus on the development of language skills through conversation, writing, or other communication. In order to complete this requirement, student typically need to complete (or receive credit for) an additional 12-18 hours of lower division language coursework. More info on sequencing is available here.
Area Studies Coursework
Foreign Language Track students must complete 9 upper division hours of area studies coursework associated with their country of focus.
- Students are generally expected to complete at least 6 hours (two courses) that specifically focus on their selected country (not the broader region).
- One broader regional or cross-border course may typically be counted towards the area studies requirement provided the course includes materials specifically related to the focus country.
- Area Studies courses should not be excessively weighted in a specific cultural aspect (e.g. no excessive VAPA or history)
- Area studies course offerings can often be limited at UT. Students therefore frequently need to take at least one area studies course while abroad due.
Notes on Spanish Language Regions
Although they share a language and history, Spain, Mexico, and Spanish-speaking Latin America are all considered different regions for purposes of the IB major, and students pursuing a Spanish-speaker focus must select from these areas. Although, a course about Spanish influence in Latina America may be appropriate as one of the "broader" courses for either Spain or Latin America (see above).
- SPN 367D (Business in Hispanic Life and Culture) can count towards either a language course or an area studies course (regional course).
- SPN 327C (Intro to Literature & Culture) and SPN 328C (Intro to Literature & Culture) can count always towards Spanish Language. It can also count as Spanish Culture or Latin American Culture, depending on the geogrpahic foucs in the specific course offering (as conveyed by the section's syllabus).