2008-2009 International Business, Bachelor of Arts (BUINT)

Program Requirements | Bachelor of Arts | Plan of Study

Department Chair: Christopher Tong
Faculty: Stephen Hurlbut, Brian Jorgensen, Aric Krause, Michael Mamo, Rob Patterson, Nancy Panos Schmitt, Christopher Tong, Georgia White, Vicki Whiting, Jerry Van Os

Students who complete the Bachelor of Arts in International Business are eligible to enroll in the Accelerated MBA Program for Westminster graduates.

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. Students completing the bachelor degree in international business will:

  • 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.

Bachelor of Arts in International Business

Requirement Description

Credit Hours

I.

Undergraduate Business Core

50

Please refer to the Undergraduate Business Core page for requirements.

II.

Bachelor of Arts Requirements

12

Students completing the Bachelor of Arts option (B.A.) must complete twelve credit hours of foreign language in one of the following ways:

  • Eight credit hours of a foreign language, and either: four credit hours of a Westminster May term/summer international study tour, or four credits of an international study tour transferred from an accredited college or university.
  • Twelve credit hours of a single foreign language.
See Foreign Language Requirement for equivalencies, AP and CLEP credit policy.

III.

Upper Divison Required International Courses

16

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

4
4
4
4

IV.

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.

2-4

4

2




TOTAL HOURS FOR INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

83-86

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.

Recommended Plan of Study for International Business

  Fall Semester Spring Semester
Freshman Year ECON 253
MATH 141
Language I
MATH 150
Language II

Sophomore Year

ACCT 213
ECON 263
Language III
MGMT 305
FINC 300
IRM 200
MGMT 230
PHIL 206
Junior Year MGMT 325
MGMT 490
ECON 319
MKTG 300
Senior Year FINC 435
MKTG 340
Trip or other Elective
MGMT 475
Any Prefix 440/441/442