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Undergraduate
Minor

International Business

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 Non-business 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 pre-approved electives.

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

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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