International Business, Minor

Program Code: IB_UMNR

Program Description

The International Business minor provides students with knowledge, skills, and experiences that prepare them for a business career that might include international responsibilities. Mastery of fundamental business concepts, coursework in international business or economics, foreign language skills, and an approved study abroad experience each contribute to build perspectives about the challenges and opportunities of commercial activity in a global business environment.

What is International Business?

In an increasingly globalized economy, students are strongly encouraged to internationalize their undergraduate education. International business increases one’s awareness in the global marketplace while broadening perspectives of different business cultures, practices, and challenges. Companies value candidates who have strong business skills and possess intercultural communication skills.


Program Requirements

Requirement Credits
Requirements for the Minor 37

Requirements for the Minor

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor, as specified by Senate Policy 59-10. In addition, at least six credits of the minor must be unique from the prescribed courses required by a student's major(s).

Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
ACCTG 211Financial and Managerial Accounting for Decision Making4
BA 411Analyzing Business and Industry3
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
FIN 301Corporation Finance3
or BA 301 Finance
MGMT 301Basic Management Concepts3
or BA 304 Management and Organization
MKTG 301Principles of Marketing3
or BA 303 Marketing
SCM 301Supply Chain Management3
or BA 302 Supply Chains
Select 6 credits (at least 3 credits at the 400 level) of the following:6
International Business Operations
International Business and National Policies
Contemporary Issues in International Business
Globalization and Its Implications
The Business Enviornment of Europe
International Business in Emerging Nations
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better
Select 6 credits from an education abroad program with prior approval by the Smeal College International Programs Office6
Select 6 credits of supporting coursework in consultation with the Smeal College International Programs Office (see Program List)6

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee's unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.


University Park

Smeal College Office of International Programs
203 Business Building
University Park, PA 16802


University Park

Smeal College Office of International Programs
203 Business Building
University Park, PA 16802