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The major is a part of the Department of International Business, an academic unit within the College of Business.

The international business major is part of the nationally recognized JMU College of Business. Most business, government, and not-for-profit enterprises operate today in a global environment. Success is more certain for those who are aware of events and cultures outside of their own. The program's goal is to equip students with the ability to work comfortably in multiple areas of the global marketplace through interdisciplinary study. International business majors take specialized courses in all the business disciplines (e.g. international accounting, international marketing) as well as courses in a foreign language.

To ensure success, competency in a second language and thorough exposure to a chosen second culture are graduation requirements. In addition, study abroad or a one semester international internship is required and must be integrated into the student's schedule. The requirements of the major are designed to allow students to choose an optional concentration in finance or marketing, and some international business majors also declare a second major such as foreign language or another business area.

Degrees Offered







Declaring the Major

New Freshmen and Transfer Students

Students should declare the international business major when they register for orientation. Any student admitted to JMU can declare any major offered by the College of Business. However, students are not formally admitted into the College of Business until certain requirements are met as listed in the section below "Progressing in the Major."

Currently Enrolled Major Changers 

All students must have at least one major with a degree (i.e. Biology - B.S.).  To add a 2nd major, select the major listed with no degree (i.e. Biology).

  1. Log into MyMadison, select Student Center.
  2. Select Major/Minor Change from the "Other Academic..." dropdown menu.
    1. To add a program of study select Add Major/Minor

      To narrow your search, select the plan type, change the criteria of plan description to "contains," and enter the beginning letters of the plan.
    2. To drop a program of study, select Drop Major/Minor.
    3. To update a concentration for an existing program of study, select Add/Change Concentration.
  3. After all requests are entered, select Submit Request.

Please note that any student admitted to JMU can declare one of the eight majors offered in the College of Business. However, any student enrolled in one of the B.B.A. programs must meet certain progression standards in order to continue as a business major beyond the first year of study.

Other Declaring Information 

Admission to the Major

Full Admission to the College of Business

Declaring a business major does not guarantee full admission to the College of Business. Students must formally apply for full admission to the College of Business by submitting an application for admission during the semester in which they are completing the lower-level B.B.A. core courses.

Students are formally admitted into the College of Business as a B.B.A. degree seeking major and permitted to register for COB 300. Integrative Business when the following requirements are met:

  1. A completed application for admission into the College of Business is submitted to the College of Business Academic Success Center located in Room 205 Zane Showker Hall, according to the following schedule:
    • November 1 for the upcoming spring semester
    • April 1 for upcoming the summer session and fall semesters
  2. All 8 lower-level Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) core courses are successfully completed as follows:
    • First Year (It is recommended that students complete the following five B.B.A. core courses by the end of the freshman year):
      • COB 191. Business Analytics or MATH 220. Elementary Statistics
      • COB 204. Computer Information Systems
      • ECON 200. General Education Macroeconomics
      • ECON 201. Microeconomics
      • MATH 205. Introductory Calculus or MATH 235. Calculus I
    • Second Year (It is recommended that students complete the following five B.B.A. core courses by the end of their sophomore year):
      • COB 202. Interpersonal Skills
      • COB 241. Financial Accounting
      • COB 242. Managerial Accounting1 
      • COB 291. Business Analytics II

1 COB 241 must be taken before COB 242COB 242 is a prerequisite or corequisite for COB 300 and is not used in calculating the B.B.A. core GPA. COB 242 is a prerequisite for COB 300 for students taking COB 300 in Antwerp.

  1. Earn a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher in the B.B.A. lower-level core courses (excluding MATH 205 or MATH 235). The B.B.A. core GPA is calculated using grades earned in the B.B.A. lower-level core courses excluding calculus (MATH 205 or MATH 235). Only grades earned at JMU will be used. The university policy for calculating repeat-credit and repeat-forgiveness will be followed. Students with a 2.7 B.B.A. core GPA are assured admission into the College of Business and COB 300. Students who meet all of the requirements above but fail to achieve a 2.7 B.B.A. core GPA will be admitted to the College of Business and COB 300 based on B.B.A. core GPA ranking, and pending resources and space availability.
  2. Admission is granted within one calendar year of the applicant's first application. Two applications, in consecutive semesters of enrollment, are permitted.

Progressing in the Major

Students must maintain good academic standing with at least a GPA of 2.0.

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