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