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Undergraduate Degree Programs

International Business

Penn State Erie, The Behrend College (INT B)

The International Business major is designed to prepare students for the increasingly international nature of business. Compared to other business majors, this one provides greater emphasis on knowledge and skills that are needed to conduct business in an international setting. This includes issues concerned with accomplishing organizational objectives through the coordination of human, material, information, and financial resources across national boundaries. In addition to studying the core business courses, students in this major will receive a broad exposure to the complexity of international business through required course work in international business, international culture, a foreign language, and a study abroad experience. In addition to preparing students for an international business environment, the major aims to provide them with knowledge of a specific business discipline by requiring the completion of all the requirements for a second business major. As a result, students meet the University requirements for a concurrent major. Graduates of the INT B major should be better prepared to function effectively as employees of small businesses with developing international operations or as members of larger business organizations with extensive global operations.

Entrance to Major Requirements:
Entry to the International Business major requires the completion of 5 entry-to-major courses: ACCTG 211(4); ECON 102 GS(3); ENGL 015 GWS(3) or ENGL 030 GWS(3); MATH 110 GQ(4) or MATH 140 GQ(4); STAT 200 GQ(4) or SCM 200(4), and a 2.00 or higher cumulative grade-point average.

For the B.S. degree in International Business (in conjunction with a second business major), a minimum of 122 credits is required.

Each student must earn at least a grade of C in each 300- and 400-level course in the major field.

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(15 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in this bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in ELECTIVES)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in GENERAL EDUCATION and REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR course selections)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR course selections)

ELECTIVES: 1 credit

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 91 credits
(This includes 15 credits of General Education courses: 6 credits of GQ courses, 6 credits of GS courses, 3 credits of GWS courses.)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (31 credits)
ACCTG 211(4), ECON 102 GS(3), ECON 104 GS(3), ENGL 202D GWS(3) (Sem: 3-4)
FIN 301(3)[1], MGMT 301(3)[1], MIS 204(3), MKTG 301(3)[1], SCM 301(3)[1] (Sem: 3-6)
MGMT 471W(3)[1] (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (24 credits)
MATH 110 GQ(4) or MATH 140 GQ(4) (Sem: 1-2)
SCM 200 GQ(4) or STAT 200 GQ(4) (Sem: 3-4)
B A 241(2) and B A 242(2) or B A 243(4) (Sem: 3-6)
Select 12 credits from ECON 470 IL(3)[1], ECON 473 IL(3)[1], FIN 471(3)[1], MGMT 461 IL(3)[1], MKTG 445 IL(3)[1], or other 300- or 400-level international business course [1] in consultation with adviser (Sem: 5-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (36 credits)
Select 15 credits in a foreign language and culture (Sem: 1-6)
Select a minimum of 18 credits from one business supporting course group in consultation with adviser. Students must complete the requirements for a second School of Business major (Sem: 5-8)
Select 3 credits from school-approved, non-business Education Abroad courses (Sem: 5-8)

[Note: Students must attain third-level proficiency in a single foreign language (0-12 credits) and select 3-15 credits from the school-approved list of non-business international courses. See general information section of the Bulletin for the Penn State placement policy on foreign languages. Students receiving advanced placement in foreign language may substitute courses from school-approved foreign language and culture course list to complete the credits for this requirement.]

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2010

Blue Sheet Item #: 39-01-058

Review Date: 08/24/2010

UCA Revision #1: 8/8/06
UCA Revision #2: 7/27/07

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