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International Business

International Business is the field of study that focuses on business activities that cross national boundaries, including exports and imports, international trade negotiations, and direct foreign investment. Students study international banking, transfer of technology, exchange rates, international law, and global business strategies, as well as problems facing decision-makers in the international environment, their effects on domestic businesses, and how intercultural business agreements are established. International Business majors learn a broad range of transferable skills, develop strong competence in critical thinking, and gain hands-on business experience. There is a wide variety of Connected Learning opportunities both on and off-campus for International Business students. Additionally, all students in the International Business major participate in Service Learning through BUSS 220, Marketing, which is a required course. Graduates receive a Bachelor of Science degree in International Business.

By planning early in consultation with an academic advisor, students may be able to reduce the time it takes to complete a bachelor’s degree in International Business to 3 or 3½ years.

The following goals and associated learning outcomes delineate what we strive for students to achieve when they complete the major program of study in International Business.

Goal 1: Application of Principles of International Business
Upon completion of the major program of study in International Business, students will be able to

  1. demonstrate a comprehensive level of knowledge in the area of organizational behavior and cross-cultural management
  2. demonstrate a comprehensive level of knowledge in the area of global human resource management
  3. demonstrate a comprehensive level of knowledge in the area of information technology
  4. demonstrate a comprehensive level of knowledge in the area of the global economy
  5. demonstrate a comprehensive level of knowledge in the area of strategy within the international business arena

Goal 2: Application of Business Information
Upon completion of the major program of study in International Business, students will be able to

  1. apply quantitative research methods to various challenges faced by international business organizations
  2. apply qualitative research methods to various challenges faced by international business organizations
  3. integrate business information into effective decision making

Goal 3: Ethical Decision-making
Upon completion of the major program of study in International Business, students will be able to

  1. identify ethical issues implicit in the international business arena
  2. evaluate and decide among alternative solutions to ethical problems

Goal 4: Professional skills
Upon completion of the major program of study in International Business, students will be able to

  1. communicate effectively in writing for the discipline
  2. communicate effectively orally for the discipline
  3. work effectively in teams