International Business Major

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The AACSB-accredited International Business Major provides an interdisciplinary education combining core courses in business and advanced courses in international business as well as courses in foreign language, culture, and opportunities for participation in study abroad and foreign internship. Graduates gain knowledge and skills for careers in business and other organizations with international operations. The program also prepares students for graduate study.

Students interested in business studies may also wish to consider the College's majors in Accounting, Business Administration, Finance and Marketing.

General Education (41 credits)

Admission to the Program

A student's cumulative GPA in the foundation courses is used to determine whether the student will be admitted to the major. Students must earn a minimum average GPA of 2.5 in the seven foundation courses listed below, with no grade lower than “C-.” Transfer grades are included in the calculation of the overall GPA.

Foundation Course Requirements (21-22 credits)

  • CIS 217 Fundamentals of Business Computing
  • ACC 281 Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • ACC 282 Introduction to Managerial Accounting
  • ECN 201 Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECN 202 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ECN 204 Introduction to Business Statistics

Note: An introductory statistics course from another discipline may be substituted for ECN 204. However, credit towards the major will be allowed for only one introductory statistics course.

Students who successfully complete these requirements can declare the major in international business.

Program Requirements

Students pursue the International Business Major as part of a Bachelor of Science degree, and must satisfy its requirements. Students are also bound by the policies and procedures of the School of Business and Management. To satisfy degree requirements, students must earn 1) a grade of at least C- in all courses required for the major, and 2) an overall GPA of 2.0 in all courses required for the major.

Only business students who have declared their major or minor are permitted to register for 400 level courses in the School of Business and Management.

Prerequisites (0-6 credits)

  • MTH 111 College Algebra
  • MTH 121 Pre-Calculus

Co-requisite Courses (4 credits)

  • BUS 377 Business Communication
  • BUS 389 Business Careers Seminar (1 credit)

Business Core Courses (27 credits)

  • ECN 304 Intermediate Statistics
  • BUS 325 Principles of Finance
  • BUS 335 Principles of Marketing
  • BUS 345 International Business Environment
  • BUS 361 Production and Operations Management
  • BUS 366 Organizational Behavior
  • BUS 375 Business Law I
  • BUS 378 Business, Government, and Society
  • BUS 475 Strategic Management (for seniors only)

International Business Specialty Courses (9 credits)

  • BUS 433 International Marketing
  • BUS 445 International Financial Management
  • ECN 443 International Economics

International Business Electives (9 credits)

  • BUS 498 Internship

These electives can be completed in any combination. Study abroad credits, business internship, and cross-cultural courses all need to be approved by the student's academic advisor. Other cross-cultural courses can be approved by the department chair on a case-by-case basis. The cross-cultural courses are typically upper division, internationally focused, social sciences courses focusing on current cultural issues.

Other Electives (2-9 credits)

Total Credits (120 credits)

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

Goal 1: Knowledge of Business: Students master knowledge of key business concepts and theories

Objective 1.1 Students are able to apply key business concepts and theories associated with core business areas.

Goal 2: Analytical and Critical Writing: Students are capable of critically analyzing business conditions, and communicate effectively in a written format.

Objective 2.1 Students demonstrate skills to critically analyze business issues.

Objective 2.2 Students demonstrate effective written communication skills.

Goal 3: Professional Preparedness: Students are prepared for successfully entering the job market.

Objective 3.1 Students demonstrate market readiness in a professional setting.