Aug 08, 2020  
2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog 

International Business Major

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The international business major offers a multidisciplinary focus within the College of Business that prepares students for careers in international business and related fields. The IB major is multidisciplinary, involving material from all areas of the College of Business as well as economics and foreign language required components. While the IB program is administratively housed in the Marketing Department, the IB prefix is an interdisciplinary prefix taught by professors from all business disciplines. Student advising for the IB program is handled by the Director of International Business Programs.

The IB degree is undertaken with an existing College of Business B.B.A. degree major (accounting, accounting information systems, computer information systems, economics, entrepreneurship, finance, general business, management, marketing, or supply chain management). Additionally, all IB students must fulfill a study abroad experience and prove proficiency in a second language or complete a foreign language sequence. The major varies from 124-139 hours depending on the major chosen to combine with IB.

All students must take the required courses carrying an IB prefix. Additionally, students must take the international course offering within their functional business area (e.g., an IB major in finance would require FIN 370 - International Business Finance ).

The IB program of study prepares students for careers in an increasingly integrated world economy. The IB major is designed to appeal to students who favor an interdisciplinary approach to professional business studies. The major should also be appealing to international students or students who are already bilingual. The program of study emphasizes both broad-based business knowledge in international business (including a required course in international business ethics) as well as specific geographical areas of expertise (through seminars on doing business in specific nations or regions).

Department information:

Marketing Department - College of Business

Shiri Vivek, Ph.D., Department Head

469 Owen Building
(734) 487-6819

Department Website

Advisor Information:

College of Business Academic Services

Undergraduate Academic Advising

306 Owen
(734) 487-2344

Click here to make an appointment

General Education Requirements:

For specific requirements refer to the General Education Program .

Admission Criteria: 56 Hours

Students seeking admission to any program in the College of Business must complete 56 credit hours of course work to include the courses listed below.

The foundation courses for admission to the College of Business must be completed with a minimum earned grade of C- (C required for transfer courses) in each. Students must also have an EMU GPA of at least 2.50.

College of Business Foundation Courses: 21 Hours

The following seven COB courses are to be completed prior to COB admission, and count toward the total credit hours required for this major.

Additional Coursework: 20 Hours

In addition to the courses listed above, students must complete an additional 20 credit hours of course work prior to admission to the College of Business.

Major Requirements: 60-66 hours

Business Core: 36 Hours

College of Business Foundation Courses: 21 Hours

The following COB courses are to be completed prior to admission, and count towards the total credit hours required for this major.

Post Admission Core Requirement: 15 Hours

Area Studies Requirements: 4.5 hours

Language Requirements: 0-6 hours

All international business students must complete (FRNH, GERN, JPNE, SPNH) 261. Depending on the past foreign language learning experience of individual students, they may be able to enter 261 directly. Conversely, students may need to begin foreign language study at a lower level, to be determined by the placement test in the Department of World Languages.

**see note

Functional Areas: 24-36 hours

Choose one of the following functional areas: Accounting, Accounting Information Systems, Computer Information Systems, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, General Business, Management, Marketing or Supply Chain Management.

I. Accounting: 24 hours

II. Accounting Information Systems: 36 hours

III. Computer Information Systems: 30 hours

IV. Entrepreneurship: 24 hours

V. Economics: 24 hours

Restricted Electives:

Choose two courses from any 300-400 level economics course. Choose one course if you chose ECON 370  under international business restricted electives. ECON 480W  is required to fulfill the international business restricted electives. (Business related topics are suggested.)

VI. Finance: 24 hours

VII. General Business: 24 hours

Restricted Electives:

Choose four courses from at least three different departments in the College of Business. At least two courses must be at the 300-400 level. (The restricted elective requirement may be fulfilled by completing the international business restricted elective requirements.)

VIII. Management: 24 hours

IX. Marketing: 24 hours

X. Supply Chain Management: 27 hours

Minor Requirements:

This program does not require a minor.

Program Total:

Students must earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level or above.


** Foreign language credits may be used to satisfy General Education  requirements. Students who have learned English as a second language may have minimum requirements of French, German, Japanese or Spanish waived.

**** Students must take IB 375  three times to fulfill requirements as course content will change each semester to a different country or subregion within the broader area of study.

Critical Graduation Information:

The following are minimum requirements for all bachelor’s degrees awarded by Eastern Michigan University. Some majors and minors require more than the minimum in one or more of the areas below; students are urged to consult the online catalog for the requirements of their particular programs.

  • Earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level and above. Courses with numbers below 100 will not be counted toward this degree requirement. At most 8 credit hours of physical education (PEGN) activity courses will be counted toward this requirement. A Bachelor of Arts degree requires completion of one year of college credit in a world language.
  • Meet the requirements of the General Education program (see information below).
  • Complete a Writing Intensive (WI)  Course in your major.
  • Earn a minimum of 60 credits from a four-year college or university; courses taken at community colleges cannot be used to meet this requirement. (Some formal program-to-program articulation agreements modify this requirement. See specific agreements for details.)
  • Earn a minimum of 30 credits from courses taken at EMU.
  • Complete 10 of the last 30 hours for the degree from courses taken at EMU.
  • Have a minimum of 30 unique credit hours in their major and 20 unique credit hours in their minor for a total of at least 50 unique credit hours between them. Some majors that require 50 or more hours themselves do not require a minor; students should check requirements of the selected major in the undergraduate catalog to see if a minor is required.
  • Earn no more than 60 credit hours in one subject area (prefix). Credits in excess of the 60 maximum will not be counted toward the minimum of 124 credits required for a bachelor’s degree.
  • Earn the minimum number of credits in 300-level and above courses in each major and minor as specified below - these credits must be earned in distinct courses, that is, no course can be used to fulfill this requirement in more that one major or minor.
    • Earn a minimum of 6 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each minor
    • Earn a minimum of 9 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that requires a minor.
    • Earn a minimum of 15 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that does not require a minor
  • Transfer credit will be awarded for courses taken at colleges and universities that are accredited by one of the recognized regional accrediting bodies only if the courses are college-level (equated to 100-level or above at EMU) and the student earned a “C” (or 2.0 on a 4 point scale) or better. Transfer credit may be awarded on a case-by-case basis for college-level courses in which a “C” (2.0) or better was earned at institutions outside the U.S. or at non-accredited U.S. institutions; the internal review of such courses is conducted by individual departments/schools within EMU, and additional documentation may be required. Please note: EMU awards only credit for transferred courses; grades are not used in the calculation of an EMU GPA.
  • Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in courses taken at EMU in order to graduate. In addition, a minimum GPA of 2.0 must be reached in courses taken at EMU in each major and minor. (Note: some programs may require a higher GPA - check with your program advisor.)
General Education Requirements:

EMU’s General Education Program requires students to choose from a menu of approved courses in several different areas do not assume that other courses in the same department or with similar names will fulfill these requirements. A detailed description of General Education requirements is available on the General Education section of the catalog: General Education  

Students who transferred to EMU may have modified general education requirements based on Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) or articulation agreements; consult your academic advisor for additional information.

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