On May 16, 2009 Pete Telaroli of Mentor, OH will be the first graduate of a new program started at Xavier about three years ago. The Modern Languages & International Economics major combines courses in both departments. Several students have been working through the requirements, and Telaroli is the first to graduate. The modern language he concentrated in was Spanish. He’s already been accepted by the Peace Corps, and is awaiting assignment in Africa.
“I joined the MLIE program because it allowed me to study my two main interests, Spanish and economics, in an international setting,” Pete says. “Since I want to work internationally, I thought it would set me up well for graduate school and be attractive to businesses or the government right out of school. It also led me to study abroad, which is a great opportunity.”
Pete hopes one day to work with the people of developing countries as an economist, diplomat, or professor, but for now he hopes to join the Peace Corps after graduation. His thesis looks at the effects of the neoliberal economic system on peasant farming in rural Mexico. He will travel to Mexico this summer to study the effects through Xavier’s Brueggeman Fellows Program. The program challenges students to discover new issues and new potential in themselves. Perhaps the most significant challenge comes in the fact that all projects involve foreign travel which Fellows make by themselves without the comforts of typical university study abroad programs.
The world is becoming smaller every day, creating great opportunities for careers in international diplomacy or business for people with good cross-cultural and foreign language abilities in U.S. government - Departments of State or Commerce, International Trade Commission, U.N. related institutions, companies selling or buying overseas or multinational corporations, financial institutions, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Anyone working in the international arena - whether in international relations, for an international organization, or in business - needs to be able to work with people from around the world and have a deep understanding of the global economic environment. International careers can involve living and working in the US for an organization that sends you abroad for travel, or working for an organization that is located overseas or sends you abroad to work for a number of years at a time.
MLIE graduates are prepared for the contemporary global economy with a solid foundation in French, German, or Spanish; the skills to address international economic issues and work in the global arena; and a sound understanding of the cultures that exist across the global economy.
The B.A. in Modern Languages & International Economics requires students to select a modern language (French, German, or Spanish) and complete 23 hours in the modern language component, 27 hours in the economics component, and two capstone courses jointly directed by faculty members in Modern Languages and Economics, namely directed study and senior thesis.
Of his Xavier experience, Pete says, “Overall, it allowed me to study my two main interests, gave me a lot of post-graduate options, and led me to study abroad. It has been a wonderful experience.”