“I knew I wanted to do something with French, and I liked solving problems and taking different strategies to solve them, and so I chose the international economics major,” says senior Natalie Boll from Grosse Pointe, Mich.
Notre Dame’s international economics major in the College of Arts and Letters combines coursework in the Department of Economics with advanced instruction in one of eight languages. This cross-disciplinary approach allows students to develop both the analytical and cultural skills needed by today’s business leaders and global citizens.
In 2013, Boll was awarded a grant-funded internship from Notre Dame’s Nanovic Institute for European Studies. During summer break, she worked with retired U.S. Army colonel Peter Herrly to plan an annual conference on foreign policy. “It was really exciting to get to work in Paris because it was using my French in a professional setting,” says Boll.
Boll feels prepared for whatever career path she takes following graduation. “I’ll have a variety of different tools and strategies for thinking about problems,” says Boll. “Whether it be abroad or here in the States, I think I have a really great foundation.”
Her first step, she says, will be moving to Luxembourg, thanks to a grant from the Fulbright English Teaching Assistant program.
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