International Business-Bachelor of Arts (BUINT)

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Brian Jorgensen, Division Chair

Faculty: Stephen Hurlbut, Brian Jorgensen, Michael Mamo, Rob Patterson,

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:

  • Recognize the fundamental economic forces that shape a country’s stake in the global economic order; establish the implications for national and business policy of the international economy.
  • Evaluate the financial risks of doing business in a specific country.
  • Develop a plan for effectively marketing a product in a foreign market.
  • Identify the appropriate cultural, governmental, geographic and economic differences between international organizations and their environments.

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.Students are also required to complete the ETS Major Field Test in Business before they are eligible to graduate.
Students must meet the college-wide graduation requirements in addition to the International Business major:

  • 124 total hours
  • 30 upper division hours
  • Liberal education distribution

Undergraduate Business Core

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
Lower Division Business Courses 30*
ACCT 213 Accounting Principles (4)—offered fall, spring, and summer
ECON 253 Elementary Macroeconomics, LE* (4)—offered fall, spring, and summer
ECON 263 Elementary Microeconomics (4)—offered fall, spring, and summer ECON 253 (LE); MATH*141 OR MATH*143 (LE)
IRM 200 Principles of Information Resource Management*** (4)—offered fall, spring, and summer co-requisite: MATH 150 (LE)
MATH*141 OR MATH*143 College Algebra, LE** (4)—offered every semester MATH 105 or placement test
MATH 150 Elementary Statistics, LE** (4)—offered every semester MATH 105 or placement test
MGMT 230 Business Quantitative Methods*** (3)—offered fall, spring, and summer MATH*141 OR MATH*143 (LE), 150 (LE)
PHIL 206  Introduction to Ethics, LE * (3)
Upper Division Business Courses 20
FINC 300 Business Finance (4)—offered fall, spring, and summer ACCT 213; ECON 253 (LE), 263; IRM 200; MATH*141 OR MATH*143 (LE), MATH 150 (LE)
MGMT 305 Principles of Management (4)—offered fall, spring, and summer MATH*141 OR MATH*143 (LE)
MGMT 325 Business and Employment Law (4)—offered fall and spring
MGMT 475 Strategy in Global Management**** (4) senior standing; see course description
MKTG 300 Principles of Marketing (4)—offered fall, spring, and summer MATH*141 OR MATH*143 (LE)
TOTAL REQUIRED HOURS 50

Notes:
* Students taking these courses as part of LE can double count these courses.
** Only one of MATH*141 OR MATH*143 and MATH 150 will count toward LE, but both are required. Students may be required to take both, based on math placement exams.
*** IRM 200 and MGMT 230 may be taken in the same semester as co-requisites.
**** In certain majors, Senior Seminar may substitute for MGMT *475

Bachelor of Arts in International Business

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Undergraduate Business Core 50
Please refer to Undergraduate Business Core 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 single foreign language, and either:
  • four credit hours of a Westminster May term study/cultural international experience, 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 Division Required International Courses 16
ECON 319 International Economics (4)—offered spring ECON 253(LE), 263; MATH*141 OR MATH*143 (LE)
FINC 435 International Finance (4)—offered fall and spring FINC 300
MGMT 490 International Management (4)—offered fall ACCT 213, ECON 253 (LE), 263, MGMT 305, MKTG 300
MKTG 340 International Marketing (4)—offered fall and spring MKTG 300
IV. Electives 3–4
Choose 3–4 credits from the following:
International Study Tour/Trip (4)
Approved International Special Topics courses (3–4)
PLSC 414 International Politics (4)
Two 2-credit-hour International May Term courses
V. Practice/Experience Courses 2–4
Any Business Prefix 440* Internship (2–4)
or
see course descriptions
Any Business Prefix 441* Practicum (4)
or
see course descriptions
Any Business Prefix 442* Professional Portfolio (2) see course descriptions
*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.
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MAJOR 83–86

Note: All students must complete 124 hours of coursework to graduate, 30 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

Fall Semester Spring Semester
Freshman Year ECON 253
MATH*141 OR MATH*143
Language I
MATH 150
Language II
Sophomore Year ACCT 213
ECON 263
IRM 200
Language III
FINC 300
MGMT 230
MGMT 305
PHIL 206
Junior Year MGMT 325
MGMT 490
ECON 319
FINC 435
MKTG 300
Senior Year FINC 435
MKTG 340
Trip or other Elective
MGMT 475
Any Prefix 440/441/442