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What does it cost?

Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

63.4% of Perimeter College students receive financial assistance.

How long will it take?

The typical pathway requires 60 semester hours — 42 hours in core curriculum and 18 hours in pathway courses.

Where will I take classes?

Alpharetta, Clarkston, Decatur, Dunwoody, Newton, Online

All required classes to earn a degree can be completed online.

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

Fall Semester (starts in August) — Due by August 1Spring Semester (starts in January) — Due by December 1Summer Semester (starts in late May) — Due by May 1

World Languages with Business and Economics Pathway, A.A.

What Is World Languages?

The study of World Languages enables you to communicate in languages other than English to gain knowledge and understanding of other cultures and to participate in multilingual communities at home and around the world. Foreign language skills enable students to communicate in a global and culturally diverse society.

Why Study World Languages?

Studying world languages enhances your contribution as a member of the global marketplace. Whatever career you choose, your success will depend on your ability to communicate in culturally diverse environments. The ability to speak another language is an asset in business, medical fields and service occupations. Combining a world language degree with a degree in another field expands a student’s potential for success.

Perimeter College offers the widest range of world language courses of any associate degree-granting college in the Southeast.

Offerings include:

  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • French
  • German
  • Hebrew
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Spanish *
  • Swahili

Spanish, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Chinese are offered in the traditional classroom format.  Arabic, Hebrew, Korean, Portuguese, Russian and Swahili are offered using the Critical Languages/Self-Instructional Format. For more information on our Critical Languages Program, contact Andrea DiBenardo, Dunwoody Campus critical language coordinator,, 770-274-5184, or Dr. Victor McGlone, Clarkston Campus critical language coordinator,, 678-891-3533.

See the world: There’s a world of opportunities available through Perimeter College and the University System of Georgia Study Abroad programs. Japan, Morocco, Russia, France, Costa Rica, Ecuador, China, England, Germany, Chile – you decide.

* World Languages with Business and Economics with a concentration in Spanish can be completed fully online.

The following courses are offered fully online:

  • FREN 1001, 1002 and 2001
  • GRMN 1001 and 1002
  • ITAL  1001 and 1002
  • SPAN 1001, 1002, 2001 and 2002

Students should consult with their advisors to confirm the availability of online courses and find out about any requirements or additional costs that may be associated with those courses.

A note on pathways: A pathway is an advising guide to help students prepare for their intended bachelor’s degree major. By following the course of study outlined in the appropriate Associate of Arts or Associate of Science pathway, students will have the necessary prerequisite courses to continue in their chosen disciplines. A pathway is not a major and will not be represented on the diploma.

Students should consult with advisers to confirm availability of online courses and requirements or additional costs that may be associated with courses. Students should check with advisers about which campuses offer the courses they need. Typically, core courses required for pathways can be taken at most locations and online, while pathway-specific courses may require attendance at a particular location.

Pathway Details

The World Languages with Business and Economics pathway requires 42 hours of Core Curriculum and 18 hours of courses appropriate to the pathway. For up-to-date curriculum requirements, please visit the catalog.

As part of Georgia State University, Perimeter College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools: Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC) to award associate degrees. Successful completion of a pathway at Perimeter College leads to an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Georgia State University.



Proficiency in a world language can be an advantage if you’re seeking employment in fields such as:

    ·       Advertising
    ·       Civil service/diplomacy
    ·       Health services
    ·       Immigration/neutralism
    ·       Intelligence
    ·       Journalism
    ·       Sports promotion
    ·       Translation/interpretation
    ·       Travel services

For potential job and salary information, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Online Programs

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Admissions and Curriculum Inquiries

For help with applying or admissions, please review our website, visit a campus office, or contact us at 404-413-2500.

Interim Associate Chair
Humanities/World Languages
Rick Robinson
Dunwoody, D-1303

Assistant Chair
Karen Williams-Jones

Dunwoody Campus Critical Language Coordinator
Andrea DiBenardo

Clarkston Campus Critical Language Coordinator
Dr. Victor McGlone

The information shared here provides an overview of Georgia State’s offerings. For official details on admissions requirements, tuition, courses and more, refer to the university catalogs.