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, world 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.

The minor is designed to complement studies in business where students seek a deeper understanding of commerce and culture beyond their home country. For those interested in studying abroad, the global immersion track offers the chance to experience and study business, language, and culture for six or more weeks through an approved education abroad program. Others may choose the global business track and focus on a deeper understanding of international business. Either way, students develop a life-long appreciation for global business and culture that prepares them for a career beyond traditional boundaries.

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.


Entrance to Minor

Enrolling in the International Business minor requires careful and advanced planning in order to avoid curricular and program obstacles that could impede progress towards completion of the minor. To circumvent these issues, the International Business minor has the following entrance requirements which also serve as prerequisites to several courses in the minor:

  1. Complete the following core courses with grades of 'C' or better: ACCTG 211, MGMT 301, MKTG 301
  2. Submit an International Business minor planning form to the Smeal College Office of International Programs as early as possible for review, planning, and scheduling of components in the minor.

Program Requirements

Requirement Credits
Requirements for the Minor 27

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
BA 411Analyzing Business and Industry3
FIN 301Corporation Finance3
SCM 301Supply Chain Management3
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select 6 credits from the following:6
International Business Operations
International Business and National Policies
Contemporary Issues in International Business
The Business Enviornment of Europe
International Business in Emerging Nations
International Development in an African Context
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better
Select one of the following tracks:12
Global Immersion Track
Select 6 credits from an approved study abroad program
Select 6 credits of global business, culture, or language courses in consultation with program faculty
Global Business Track
Select 6 credits of global business or business-related coursework in consultation with program faculty
Select 6 credits of global business, culture, or languages courses in consultation with program faculty

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