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).