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International Business

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Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (B.S.B.A.) with a major in International Business

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (B.S.B.A.) with a joint major in International Business and another business discipline

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The international business major prepares students for work in organizations whose owners, employees, customers and/or suppliers are not confined to the borders of one nation. Those who choose this major will learn about marketing goods and services around the world, global distribution networks, exchange rates and the different forms of ownership and financing that exist in non-U.S. countries. They will consider the dramatic impact of culture on the behavior of individuals in organizations and on the contracting and negotiating process of international trade. They will compare the business climate of developed and underdeveloped nations and learn how companies compete in a global business economy. International business students are exposed to ethical issues and the impact of business decisions on global ecology. The curriculum requires a strong foundation of language and culture, history, geography and political science along with the business core classes. International business students are required to include an international experience in their program.

The International business major is designed for students seeking specialized education to work in multinational corporations, global banks, international organizations, and government agencies.  Such organizations include all forms of business; the departments of Commerce, State, and Treasury; international institutions such as the Export-Import Bank, World Bank and Overseas Investment Corporation; and several state and local agencies.

Requirements for International Business Major

Course Credits
ECON 010 - Macroeconomics 3
MGMT 170 - International Management 3
POLS 065 - Comparative Politics, or
POLS 075 - World Politics
SCSG 003 - World Regional Geography 3
Three additional elective courses chosen from
ECON 130 - International Economics, or
ECON 135 - Developing Economies
MKTG 170 - Global Marketing 3
FIN 170 - International Finance 3
WLC 148 - Intercultural Communication 3
Foreign Language Requirement - see next section 3-12
International Experience Requirement - see next section 6

Foreign Language Requirement

Students must demonstrate proficiency in a language other than their native tongue.  Proficiency can be demonstrated by college credit or equivalent, including certification exam credit, for a language through the intermediate level (second year, college level).  Non-English native speakers demonstrate foreign language proficiency implicitly by taking their classes in English while at Drake.

International Experience Requirement

Each student in the IBUS major is required to earn six credits of international experience through participation in J-term, summer term, semester abroad, or approved internship experience.

Credits earned in the international experience may be counted to fulfill other requirements.  The internship options may be for credit or not for credit. International students satisfy this requirement by earning their degree at Drake.

Requirements for Joint Majors

The purpose of the joint major is to provide the opportunity for students to complete an in-depth study of two business disciplines within the 124 credits needed to obtain an undergraduate degree. This is not possible if the student pursues a double major in each business discipline.

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