Kogod School of Business

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BS in Business, Language, & Culture

At a Glance

Are you ready for business without borders? Kogod’s business, language, and culture major equips you with the skills to thrive in today’s globalized world of business. You’ll become proficient in a foreign language, learn how to navigate cultural nuances, and study abroad, all while building the solid foundation in business that can help you succeed anywhere.

Credits Required for Major

In addition to business core courses, you'll choose a specialization in a language.

November 15
Early Decision Deadline

Apply by November 15 to be considered for early decision or by January 15 for the second early decision round.

Languages to Choose From

Study Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, or Swahili.

Study Abroad
Immerse Yourself in the Language

You'll spend at least a semester abroad where the language you're learning is spoken. Choose from countries like Brazil, China, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, South Korea, Spain, and many more!

Why major in business, language, and culture at Kogod?

Interdisciplinary Curriculum

As a student, you will choose a language track when entering the program: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, or Swahili. By the time you graduate, you'll speak that language comfortably in a professional setting. In addition to business foundations, the major also includes courses to strengthen your understanding of other cultures, including anthropology and economics.

Ideal Location

Washington, DC, is a global political center and a major hub for international business and diplomacy. Tap into DC's many networking and internship opportunities, and take advantage of its thriving cultural life to take your education beyond campus. Whether you're interested in the private sector, government, or the nonprofit world, you'll find paths towards your future success.

Language and Cultural Immersion

Learning a language in the classroom can only take you so far—you need to experience living it in the real world. That's why you'll spend a semester abroad taking courses in your language track. This experience will increase your proficiency, teach you how to adapt to new environments, and make you stand out in front of employers.

What You'll Learn


You will cover topics in:

  • Anthropology
  • Economics
  • Business math
  • Operations management
  • Business law
  • Marketing

Required courses include those in anthropology, economics, analytics, and statistics. You will take 34 credit hours in business core courses that cover topics like accounting, finance, management, and marketing.

Language Specialization

Upon entering the program, you will choose one of twelve language tracks: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, or Swahili.

At least 12 credits must be taken abroad in the foreign language.

Degree Requirements

Program Highlights
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Global Learning

Immerse yourself in a new culture and develop both skills and experience that will equip you for an international business career. We offer semester- and year-long study abroad programs, international summer internships, and short study tours through the International Management Practices course.

Winners of the Kogod Case Competition

Special Programs

Some of the most important lessons you'll learn will be outside the classroom. Kogod offers a wide variety of programs to help you network, hone your skills, and get involved with the community. These include Dish with the Deans, the Making a Difference is Our Business program, the Kogod Case Competition, and more.

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Combined Bachelor's and Master's Degrees

Earn both an undergraduate and graduate degree in five years through our combined bachelor's/master's program. Take graduate-level courses and apply up to 9 graduate credit hours earned as an undergraduate toward the requirements for both degrees.

Professor Sarah Mady

Expert Faculty

Our faculty are renowned experts in their field and have extensive industry experience abroad. As mentors, they are invested in the professional and academic success of our students.

Class Profile
Underrepresented Minority
First Generation
Career Success

This degree makes you highly competitive in today's global job market. When you graduate, you will be prepared to take the American Council on the Teaching of a Foreign Language (ACTFL) oral proficiency interview and qualify for a regional fluency certificate (i.e. French Chamber of Commerce Certificate).