Interdisciplinary Program in International Business

Dr. Mark L. Usry, Director

Course Descriptions: International Business

The College of Business offers a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) with a major in international business. The program's interdisciplinary curriculum encompasses courses from the School of Accounting, the finance and business law, economics, foreign languages and literatures, geology, geography, management, marketing and political science departments. The program also allows for concentrations in finance or marketing.

The international business program prepares students for a career in international business or public service by development of foreign language fluency, cultural awareness and specialized international business skills.

The foreign language requirements of the major begin at the advanced level so students with little or no foreign language training must use elective credits to obtain fluency through the intermediate level. The program's interdisciplinary character requires that students choosing the international business major carefully plan their individual course work with their academic adviser, especially since they are required to spend a semester equivalent abroad. This requirement may be met by participation in a study abroad program, international work experience, internship or comprehensive research project. All of the options will require some degree of proficiency in a second language.

The international business major conforms to the structure of the B.B.A. degree programs set forth on page 124. The credit-hour requirements for each of the program components are as follows:

Credit
Hours
Core requirements -- B.B.A. 39
Liberal studies requirements 42
Courses required for the major 1 30
Electives 9
120

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Students are encouraged to choose liberal studies courses having a foreign or international content. The program office has a list of these courses. Students are also strongly encouraged to purchase their own personal computers. Information on suggested hardware is available through the department office.

Major in International Business (B.B.A. Degree)

Curriculum

During the first two years, students planning to major in international business will complete the lower-level business course requirements and will follow the uniform course schedule set forth on page 125 except that international business majors are required to complete ECON 270, International Economics. International business majors are also encouraged to begin elementary and intermediate foreign language study, as needed, during their first two years of study. It is possible to deviate from the schedule but caution must be exercised to ensure that all course work is completed and prerequisites are met.

It is required of all international business majors to spend a semester equivalent abroad either in academic study or internship. Approval must be secured from the program director of each student's international experience.

Freshman Year Credit
First Semester Hours
ECON 201. Principles of Economics (Micro) 3
Liberal studies courses 12
15
Credit
Second Semester Hours
ECON 202. Principles of Economics (Macro) 3
IDS 104. Microcomputer Applications 1
IDS 191. Business and Economic Statistics 3
IDS 204. Computer Information Systems 2
Liberal studies courses 6
15
Sophomore Year Credit
First Semester Hours
ACTG 241. Financial Accounting 3
GEOG 280. Introduction to Cultural Geography 1 3
MATH 205. Introductory Calculus 3
POSC 230. International Relations 1 3
SCOM 248. Intercultural Communication 1 3
15
Credit
Second Semester Hours
ACTG 242. Managerial Accounting 3
BLAW 218. Legal Environment of Business 3
IDS 291. Quantitative Methods for Business 3
ECON 270. International Economics 3
Liberal studies course 3
15
Junior Year Credit
First Semester Hours
FIN 345. Managerial Finance 3
IDS 360. Production Operations Management 3
MGT 300. Principles of Management 3
MKTG 380. Principles of Marketing 3
Foreign language (300) conversation and 3
composition course1
15
Second Semester Credit
(to be taken abroad, if possible) Hours
Foreign language (307-308) civilization course 1 3
Liberal studies courses 9
Elective 3
15
Senior Year Credit
First Semester Hours
ACTG 483. International Accounting and 3
Financial Reporting 1
ECON 372. International Finance and Payments 1 3
MGT 311. Organizational Behavior 3
MKTG 460. Global Market Analysis 3
Elective 3
15
Credit
Second Semester Hours
BLAW 497. Legal Aspects of International 3
Business1
FIN 455. International Financial Management 1 3
MGT 410. International Management 1 3
MGT 487. Business Policy 3
Foreign language (330) business course 1 3
15

Minor in Conflict Resolution in Business

The interdisciplinary minor in conflict resolution in business provides conceptual, practical and applied knowledge in business and conflict resolution. The program is intended for students not majoring in the programs offered by the College of Business or School of Speech Communication who need to supplement and augment their major area of study. The requirement for an interdisciplinary minor in conflict resolution in business is 24 credit hours including:

Credit
Requirements Hours
BLAW 218. Legal Environment of Business 3
GBUS 150. Introduction to Business 3
MGT 300. Management Principles 3
MGT 481. Negotiation Behavior 3
SCOM 231. Introduction to Alternative 3
Dispute Resolution
SCOM 331. Communication and Conflict 3
SCOM 332. Mediation 3
SCOM 432. Senior Seminar in Conflict and 3
Mediation Studies
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General Business Minor

The College of Business offers an interdisciplinary minor in general business designed to provide opportunities for nonbusiness majors to pursue a structured interdisciplinary program in business. The minor is supported by the six academic departments in the College of Business with required courses being drawn from existing offerings of each department. The minor provides a broad-based foundation through required courses in economics and the legal/social environment of business, augmented by minimum computer skills required for business-related activities. This foundation is enhanced by second tier courses in the functional areas of business offered at the 300 level. Completion of the minor enables baccalaureate graduates from other disciplines to combine a general preparation for management-related activities with their more specialized, technical, liberal arts or other professional disciplines. The minor also provides the undergraduate business prerequisites normally required for admission to most business master's programs.

Credit
Hours
ACTG 241. Financial Accounting 3
BLAW 218. Legal Environment of Business 3
ECON 201. Principles of Economics (Micro) 3
FIN 345. Managerial Finance 3
IDS 204. Computer Information Systems 2
MGT 300. Management Principles 3
MKTG 380. Principles of Marketing 3
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1996-97 Undergraduate Catalog
Last reviewed: 30 November 1996
Information Publisher: Division of Academic Affairs
James Madison University