Program of International Business

Mission Statement
The mission of the Program of International Business is to provide nationally competitive undergraduate education in the study of international business. The program is interdisciplinary and designed to prepare students for participation in organizations that require a broad business perspective, applicable skills in global business, and an understanding of the complexity of the globalized world. The program also prepares students for graduate programs in business and related fields.

Goals

Career Opportunities

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Co-curricular Activities and Organizations

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Degree and Major Requirements

Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business

The B.B.A degree in international business requires a minimum of 120 credit hours of undergraduate work. Fifty percent of this work, 60 credit hours, must be taken outside of the College of Business. In counting the 60 credit hours of nonbusiness courses, B.B.A. students may include all hours taken in general education (usually 41), up to a total of nine hours in economics (GECON courses must be counted as economics) and three hours of COB 191, Business and Economic Statistics. The remaining hours, to bring the total to 60, must be taken from any department outside the College of Business. Students should carefully select these non-business electives to help them gain additional knowledge and expertise for their careers and personal lives.
Degree Requirements

Required Courses Credit Hours
B.B.A. core courses 45
International business major requirements 1 24
Nonbusiness major requirements 12-15
General education courses 2 41

  122-125

1 Students are required to spend the equivalent of a semester abroad. See below for details.
2 Students are encouraged to choose general education courses having a foreign or international content. The program office has a list of these courses. The General Education program contains a set of requirements each student must fulfill. The number of credit hours necessary to fulfill these requirements may vary.

Students planning to major in international business must complete the 30 to 31 hour, lower-division B.B.A. curriculum prior to enrolling in upper-division core courses, normally taken in the first semester of the junior year. It is expected that lower-division core curriculum will be completed during the first two years of study along with all, or most, of the university general education curriculum.

Failing to complete all lower-division core requirements on time will delay enrollment in upper-division core and major courses until at least the second semester of the junior year.

The foreign language requirements of the major begin at the advanced level. Consequently, students with little or no foreign language training must use elective credits to obtain proficiency through the intermediate level.

Major Requirements
Students majoring in international business must carefully plan their individual course work because not all required courses are offered each semester and because each student in the major is required to study or work abroad. The study/work abroad requirement is for a minimum of seven weeks outside of the United States, unless express permission is granted by the program for another option. The primary language spoken in the country chosen by each student for the study/work abroad requirement may not be English and must be the language chosen by the student to meet the IBUS language requirement. Approval of the study/work abroad requirement must be obtained from the Program Director. This requirement is waived for international students studying at JMU. See the International Business Web site at http://www.jmu.edu/cob/ibus/ or stop by the director's office (Zane Showker Hall Room 435) for the approval form.

International business majors must select a world region on which to concentrate that coincides with their selected language. For example, an international business major who selects French as his/her second language could choose Europe, Africa or Asia as his/her world region. Also, a student who selects Spanish as his/her second language could select either Europe or the Americas. The four world regions are Africa/Middle East, Americas, Asia and Europe.

As part of the JMU assessment program, graduating seniors are required to participate in assessment activities. Assessment information is used to assist the COB faculty in modifying curricula.

All international business majors will take the following required international business core courses.

Required Courses

BLAW 497. Legal Aspects of International Business
IBUS 480. International Business Theory and Policy
MGT 340. International Management
Foreign language 300. Grammar and Communication
Foreign language 307-308. Civilization
Foreign language 330. Business
Foreign language 375. Business and Society

The remaining courses will depend upon which of the following three concentrations the student selects.

The requirements for each of the three concentrations are outlined below.

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Recommended Schedule for Majors

First Year

First Semester Credit Hours
ECON 201. Principles of Economics (Micro) 3
MATH 205 or 235. Calculus 1 3-4
General Education courses 9

  15-16

 

Second Semester Credit Hours
COB 191. Business and Economic Statistics 3
COB 204. Computer Information Systems 3
GECON 200. Introduction to Macroeconomics 3
General Education courses 7

  16

Second Year

First Semester Credit Hours
COB 202. Interpersonal Skills 3
COB 241. Financial Accounting 3
ECON 270. International Economics 1 3
General Education courses 6

  15

1 International business major requirement. Students with a finance concentration must take ECON 370 in place of ECON 270.

Second Semester Credit Hours
COB 218. Legal Environment of Business 3
COB 242. Managerial Accounting 3
COB 291. Introduction to Management Science 3
General Education courses 6

  15

Third Year

First Semester Credit Hours
COB 300A. Integrated Functional Systems: Management 3
COB 300B. Integrated Functional Systems: Finance 3
COB 300C. Integrated Functional Systems: Operations 3
COB 300D. Integrated Functional Systems: Marketing 3
Foreign language (300) grammar and communication 1 3

  15

 

Second Semester Credit Hours
Foreign language (307-308) civilization course 1 3
Foreign language (375) business and society 1 3
General Education courses 9

  15

1 International business major requirement.

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Concentrations
Students in international business may choose to concentrate in general international business, marketing or finance. The concentrations are as follows.

General International Business Concentration

Fourth Year

First Semester Credit Hours
BLAW 497. Legal Aspects of International Business 1 3
FIN 355. International Financial Management 1 3
MGT 340. International Management 1 3
MKTG 460. Global Marketing 1 3
International Business approved elective 3

  15

 

Second Semester Credit Hours
ACTG 483. International Accounting and Financial Reporting 1 3
COB 487. Strategic Management 3
IBUS 480. International Business Theory and Policy 1 3
Foreign language (330) business course 1 3
Free elective 3

  15

1 International business major requirement.

Marketing Concentration

Fourth Year

First Semester Credit Hours
BLAW 497. Legal Aspects of International Business 1 3
MGT 340. International Management 1 3
Choose one of the following: 1 3
MKTG 385. Consumer Behavior  
MKTG 430. Professional Selling  
MKTG 470. Strategic Internet Marketing  
MKTG 482. Marketing Analytics  
MKTG 460. Global Marketing 1 3
International Business approved elective 3

  15

 

Second Semester Credit Hours
COB 487. Strategic Management 3
IBUS 480. International Business Theory and Policy 1 3
Choose one of the following: 1 3
MKTG 385. Consumer Behavior  
MKTG 430. Professional Selling  
MKTG 470. Strategic Internet Marketing  
MKTG 482. Marketing Analytics  
Foreign language (330) business course 1 3
Free elective 3

  15

1 International business major requirement.

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Finance Concentration

Fourth Year

First Semester Credit Hours
BLAW 497. Legal Aspects of International Business 1 3
ECON 372. International Finance and Payments 1 3
FIN 355. International Financial Management 1 3
FIN 360. Analytical Methods in Finance 1 3
MGT 340. International Management 1 3

  15

 

Second Semester Credit Hours
ACTG 483. International Accounting and Financial Reporting 1 3
IBUS 480. International Business Theory and Policy 1 3
COB 487. Strategic Management 3
Foreign language (330) business course 1 3
Free elective 3

  15

1 International business major requirement.

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