2005 - 2006 International Business, Bachelor of Arts (BUINT)

Program Goals | Program Requirements | Bachelor of Arts Option | Plan of Study

Program Director: Aric Krause
Faculty: Kimberly Dodson, Aric Krause, Michael Mamo, Rob Patterson, Nancy Panos Schmitt, Vicki Whiting.

Program Goals

The major in International Business leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree emphasizes specialized skills and knowledge necessary for success in the global environment. This program prepares students for the complex requirements of international business: technical and functional competence, foreign languages, cultural awareness and sensitivity, familiarity with international institutions, and the conduct of global business. A major strength of the International Business program is the combination of general and international business coursework with intensive language and cultural studies. The program is also designed for students who wish to follow a planned progression into the Westminster MBA Program. Students completing the bachelor degree in international business should:

  • Understand the context, nature, role, and significance of management activities as undertaken by managers in a range of organizations in multinational contexts.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use financial techniques to lessen financial risk in international business operations.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how social, technological, economic, and political paradigms impact the strategic and ethical options open to organizations involved in the process of formulating international business strategies.
  • Recognize the various types of business liabilities, their interrelationships, and substantive legal rules in relation to business in international operations.
  • Demonstrate an ability to apply business-specific tools of research, analysis, decision-making and evaluation to a wide range of scenarios, cases, and problems in international contexts.

Program Requirements

To fulfill the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in International Business, students must complete the courses outlined below. Students must maintain a minimum 2.3 GPA in business program coursework to be eligible for a Bachelor of Arts in International Business.

For course prerequisites, please refer to the course description.

Liberal Education Courses

Credit Hours

International Business students should take the following courses as part of the liberal education (LE) requirements. These courses must be completed before registering for upper division business courses:

ECON 253 Elementary Macroeconomics (LE Group 3)
ENGL 110 Composition and Research (LE Skills Requirement)
MATH 141 College Algebra (LE Group 10)
MATH 150 Elementary Statistics (LE Skills Requirement)





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Requirement Description

Credit Hours

I.

Foreign Language Requirement

12

International Business majors must complete 12 credit hours of foreign language in one of the following ways:

  • Twelve credit hours of a single foreign language (minors are encouraged.)
  • Eight credit hours of a single foreign language and either: four credit hours of a Westminster May/summer international study tour or four credits of an international study tour transferred from an accredited college or university.

NOTE: If taking study tour credit, the credits may be dedicated to only ONE requirement category (i.e. Foreign Language or Upper Division coursework). Two separate tours may be applied to meet total major requirements.

See Foreign Language Requirement for equivalencies, AP and CLEP credit policy.

II.

Lower Division Business Courses

24

MGMT 110 Historical Traditions of Business and Entrepreneurship
ACCT 213 Accounting Principles
ECON 253 Elementary Macroeconomics
ECON 263 Elementary Microeconomics
IRM 200 Principles of Information Resource Management
MATH 150 Elementary Statistics

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III.

Upper Division Business Courses

16

MGMT 305 Principles of Management
MGMT 325 Business and Employment Law
MGMT 485 Strategic Management
MKTG 300 Principles of Marketing

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IV.

Upper Divison Required International Courses

16

ECON 319 International Economics
FINC 435 International Finance
MKTG 340 International Marketing
MGMT 490 International Management

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V.

Electives

3 - 4

Choose 3-4 credits from the following:

International Study Tour/Trip (4)
Approved International Special Topics Classes (3-4)
PLSC 414 International Politics (3)
Two (2) International May Term Courses (4)


VI.

Practice/Experience Courses

2 - 4

Any Business Prefix 440* Internship
or
Any Business Prefix 441* International Business Practicum
or
Any Business Prefix 442* Professional Portfolio

*Note to transfers: all internships (440) must be taken at upper division level. For transfer of credit for 441 or 442, please see the Practice Experience Coordinator.

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TOTAL HOURS FOR INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

73 - 76

Note: All students must complete 124 hours of coursework to graduate, 40 hours of which must be upper division (300 level or above). Students may need to take other courses to complete the college hours requirement.

Bachelor of Arts Options

Students completing a Bachelor of Arts in International Business must complete either twelve credit hours of a single foreign language or eight credit hours of a single foreign language and either: four credit hours of a Westminster May/summer international study tour or four credits of an international study tour transferred from an accredited college or university. Students are strongly encouraged to complete a minor in a foreign language by completing additional coursework beyond the program requirements. Students who complete a Bachelor of Arts in International Business may have the option, based on MBA admission, of completing an accelerated Master of Business Administration degree. A minimum of 36 graduate credit hours are required to complete the program and earn the Master of Business Administration degree in conjunction with the requirements of the B.A. in International Business program.

Note: Students who wish to participate in the MBA program should plan to take the GMAT and apply for admission to the MBA program during their senior year. Students are encouraged to meet with their program advisor for specific requirements. Information on the MBA program admission requirements is found in the MBA section of this catalog.

Please refer to the Undergraduate Degree Requirements section of this catalog for information about restrictions when completing a major and a minor or two majors.

Recommended Plan of Study for International Business

In order to complete all major requirements, International Business majors should plan to take business courses in the following stages, subject to scheduling and availability constraints, in conjunction with other required courses and electives.

Freshman - Sophomore

Sophomore - Junior

ACCT

213 Accounting Principles

ECON

263 Elem Microeconomics

ECON

253 Elem Macroeconomics

FINC

307 Corporate Finance

IRM

200 Princ of Info Res Mgmt

MGMT

305 Princ of Management

MGMT

110 Hist/Trad of Bus & Entrep

MGMT

325 Business Law

MATH

141 College Algebra

MKTG

300 Princ of Marketing

MATH

150 Statistics

Foreign Language (8 hrs.)

Junior - Senior

ECON

319 International Economics

FINC

435 International Finance

MGMT

485 Strategic Practicum

MGMT

490 International Management

MKTG

340 International Marketing

440/441/442 Internship/Practicum/Portfolio Requirement

Foreign Language or international study trip (4 hrs.)

PLSC 414 International Politics
or
MGMT 412 International Study Tour
or
ACCT/ECON/MGMT/IRM International Elective