Stillman School of Business

Minor in International Business

(For Business Majors Only)
Adviser:
Larry McCarthy, Ph.D.

Restricted to business majors, the minor in international business provides the global and cross-cultural knowledge required for success in today’s rapidly changing international business environment. The program incorporates an interdisciplinary curriculum from the Stillman School and the College of Arts and Sciences. A special emphasis is placed on languages as well as cultural and geopolitical dimensions of the current international business environment.

The opportunity to study abroad may also become a component of this program. The credits earned abroad will count toward the language and cultural component of the minor. Upon declaration of the minor, students must choose from among the following international studies tracks:

Eastern European Track: Russian or Polish languages and related cultural and geopolitical courses;
Western European Track: French, German, Italian or Spanish languages and related cultural and geopolitical courses;
Pacific Rim Track: Japanese or Chinese languages and related cultural and geopolitical courses; or
Latin American Track: Spanish language and related cultural and geopolitical courses.

Qualifications

Enrollment is restricted to business majors in good academic standing with a GPA of at least 2.25.

Requirements

The program includes 27 credit hours:

  • 12 credits in a specific language sequence (listed as “Language Electives”);
  • 6 credits in the cultural and geopolitical component (listed as “Other Electives” and “Additional Nonbusiness Electives”); and
  • 9 credits in the international business component (listed as “Business Electives”).

Students who demonstrate an intermediate level of proficiency on the language department’s proficiency exam may take no more than 6 credits in advanced language. The remaining 6 credits may be taken in a combination of cultural, geopolitical and international business courses. These students also may elect to take all 12 credits in non-language preapproved electives.

Students are encouraged to study abroad, and up to 12 credits for the minor may be transferred from preapproved studies abroad.

Language and Cultural Component

A. Eastern European Track

Language Electives* (3 credits each)
RUSS 1001-1002 Elementary Russian I-II
RUSS 2001-2002
Intermediate Russian I-II
RUSS 3001-3002
Advanced Russian I-II
RUSS 3031-3032 Scientific Russian I-II
*Please note: Prerequisites for language courses are indicated in the appropriate course descriptions in the College of Arts and Sciences
Other Electives (3 credits each)
HIST 3256
History of Imperial Russia
HIST 3257
East Central Europe
HIST 3266
History of 20th Century Russia
HIST 3276
The Transformation of Russia 1894-1932
HIST 4290
Topics in European History
POLS 2613
Russian Politics
POLS 3612
Foreign Policies of Major Powers

B. Western European Track

Language Electives* (3 credits each)

French * (3 credits)
FREN 1001-1002
Elementary French I-II
FREN 2001-2002
Intermediate French I-II
FREN 3011
Conversational French I
FREN 3021-3022
Business French CorrespondenceI-II
German* (3 credits)
GERM 1001-1002
Elementary German I-II
GERM 2001-2002
Intermediate German I-II
GERM 3011
Conversational German I
GERM 3021-3022
Business German I-II

Italian* (3 credits)

ITAL 1001-1002
Elementary Italian I-II

ITAL 2001-2002
Intermediate Italian I-II

ITAL 3011
Conversational Italian I


Spanish* (3 credits)
SPAN 1001-1002
Elementary Spanish I-II
SPAN 2001-2002
Intermediate Spanish I-II
SPAN 3011
Conversational Spanish I
SPAN 3213 Advanced Spanish Grammar and Composition
SPAN 3021 Business Spanish: Correspondence

*Please note: Prerequisites for language courses are indicated in the appropriate course descriptions in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Other Electives (3 credits each)
FREN 3305-3306
French Civilization I-II
GERM 3305-3306
German Civilization I-II
HIST 1201-1202
Western Civilization I-II
HIST 3252
History of Modern France
HIST 3260
Western Europe in the 20th Century
HIST 3265
History of Germany, 1848 to the Present
ITAL 3305-3306
Italian Civilization I-II

C. Pacific Rim Track

Language Electives

Chinese*
CHIN 1101
Intensive Introductory Chinese (6 credits)
CHIN
1102-1103
Introductory Conversational Chinese I-II (3 credits each)
CHIN
1104-1105
Introductory Chinese
Reading I-II (3 credits each)
CHIN
2101-2102
Intermediate
Chinese I-II (3 credits each)
CHIN
2103-2104
Intermediate Chinese Reading I-II
(3 credits each)
CHIN
3101-3102
Advanced Chinese I-II (3 credits each)
CHIN 3213
Readings in Modern Chinese I
(3 credits)
CHIN
3215-3216
Chinese Newspaper Readings I-II
(3 credits each)
Japanese*
JAPN 1101
Intensive Introductory Japanese
(6 credits)
JAPN
1102-1103
Introductory Japanese I-II
(3 credits each)
JAPN
2102-2102
Intermediate Japanese I-II
(3 credits each)
JAPN 2111
Intensive Intermediate Japanese
(6 credits)
JAPN
3111-3112
Third-Level Japanese I-II
(3 credits each)
JAPN
3113-3114
Introduction to Readings in
Japanese I-II (3 credits each)
JAPN
3211-3212
Business Japanese I-II (3 credits each)
*Please note: Prerequisites for language courses are indicated in the appropriate course descriptions in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Other Electives (3 credits each)
ASIA 2112
Geography of Asia
ASIA 2114
China in World Affairs
ASIA 1403 History of Asian Religious Reflections
ASIA 1601
(HIST 1601)
History of Traditional Asia
ASIA 1602
(HIST 1602)
History of Modern Asia
ASIA 3127
(HIST 3621)
History of Traditional China
ASIA 3128
(HIST 3651)
History of Modern China
ASIA 3129
(HIST 3622)
History of Traditional Japan
ASIA 3130
(HIST 3652)
History of Modern Japan
ASIA 3131
(POLS 2616)
Contemporary Chinese Politics
ASIA 3132
(HIST 3686)
Contemporary Japan
ASIA 3134
China and Japan: Diplomacy,
Politics and Economy
POLS 2611
(ASIA 3114)
Asian Politics

D. Latin American Track

Language Electives* (3 credits each)
SPAN 1001-1002
Elementary Spanish I-II
SPAN 2001-2002
Intermediate Spanish I-II
SPAN 3011
Conversational Spanish I
SPAN 3213 Advanced Spanish Grammar and Composition
SPAN 3021 Business Spanish: Correspondence
*Please note: Prerequisites for language courses are indicated in the appropriate course descriptions in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Other Electives (3 credits each)
HIST 1401-1402
LALS 1401-1402
History of Latin America I-II
POLS 2614
LALS 2614
Latin American Politics

E. Additional Non-Business Electives

Students in all tracks may substitute electives from the following list with the specific approval of a faculty adviser: (3 credits each)
POLS 1611
Comparative Politics

POLS 1711
International Relations

F. Business Electives

(3 credits each)
BFIN 4233
International Finance
BLAW 4315
International Law
BMGT 4993
Foreign Business Operations
BMKT 3617
International Marketing
ECON 4483
International Economics

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