International Business – Bachelor of Arts

Brian Jorgensen, Division Chair

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

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 global 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:

  • 30 upper division hours
  • 124 total hours
  • WCore requirements

Undergraduate Business Core

Students in all business majors (with the exception of flight operations and some economics programs) complete a common undergraduate core designed to develop skills in all functional areas of business.

There are two components to the common undergraduate core: the lower-division requirements, and the upper-division requirements. Since many of the lower-division core requirements are prerequisites for upper-division core requirements, students should work to complete lower-division courses early in their programs. Upper-division core requirements should be taken when prerequisites are met. Prerequisites are noted in the table below.

I. Core Lower Division Courses 22
 ACCT 213 Financial Accounting (3) BUSI 101A and BUSI 101B; or BUSI 102*
 BUSI 101A Business Fundamentals I, Communicating (3)
 BUSI 101B Business Fundamentals I, Calculating (3) MATH 101 or MATH 105
 BUSI  200 Applied Business Math and Modeling (3) BUSI 101A and BUSI 101B; or BUSI 102*
 ECON 253 Elementary Macroeconomics (3) MATH 101 or MATH 105
 ECON 263 Elementary Microeconomics (3) MATH 101 or MATH 105
 Choose one of the following courses:
  • DATA 150 Data and Society (4)
  • DATA 220 Introduction to Statistics (4)
II. Core Upper Division Courses 26-28  
 ACCT 313 Managerial Accounting (3) ACCT 213
 BUSI 300 Information Technology (3) BUSI 200
 BUSI 350 Business Fundamentals II, Integrative Core (2) ACCT 313; BUSI 300, 325; DATA 150 or 220; ECON 263; FINC 300; MGMT 305, MGMT 309; MKTG 300.
 BUSI 440 Business Fundamentals III, Internship (2-4)
(Transfer students must complete a min. of 15 Westminster credit hours or obtain permission of instructor prior to completing an internship for credit.)
BUSI 350, junior or senior standing, and signed approval from the Practice/Exp Director.
 FINC 300 Business Finance (3) BUSI 200, ACCT 213
 MGMT 305 Principles of Management (4) BUSI 101A and BUSI 101B; or BUSI 102*
 MGMT 309 Operations Management (3) BUSI 200
 BUSI 325 Business Law and Ethics (3) BUSI 101A and BUSI 101B; or BUSI 102*
 MKTG 300 Principles of Marketing (3) BUSI 101A and BUSI 101B; or BUSI 102*

* BUSI 102, Business Fundamentals I for Transfer Students, is only an option for transfer students or student majoring in arts administration; all other students should take BUSI 101A/BUSI 101B.

Bachelor of Arts in International Business

I. Undergraduate Business Core 48-50
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 world language in one of the following ways:
  • Eight credit hours of a single world 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 world language.
See World Language Requirement for equivalencies, AP and CLEP credit policy.
III. Upper Division Required International Courses 16
ECON 319 International Economics – offered spring (4) ECON 263
FINC 435 International Finance – offered fall and spring (4) FINC 300
MGMT 490 International Management – offered fall and spring (4) ACCT 213, ECON 263, MGMT 305, MKTG 300
MKTG 340 International Marketing – offered fall and spring (4) MKTG 300
IV. Electives 3–4
Choose 3–4 credit hours from the following:
International Study Tour/Trip (4)
Approved International Special Topics courses (3-4)
Two 2-credit-hour International May Term courses (4)
Or other upper division electives as approved by advisor

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

Starting Business as a First-Year Student

Fall Semester Spring Semester
Freshman Year WCORE1
BUSI 101A (LC)
BUSI 101B (LC)
Language I
DATA 150 OR DATA 220
ECON 253
Language II
Sophomore Year

ACCT 213
Language III

BUSI 200
ECON 263
MGMT 305
MKTG 300
ACCT 313

Junior Year

Semester Abroad
OR the following:
Trip or other Elective

BUSI 325
MGMT 309
FINC 300
BUSI 300
ECON 319

Senior Year

BUSI 350
MGMT 490

FINC 435
BUSI 440
MKTG 340

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