Jan 17, 2022
The international business majors offer a multidisciplinary focus within the College of Business that prepares students for careers in international business and related fields. The IB majors are multidisciplinary, involving material from all areas of the College of Business as well as required components in economics and foreign language. 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 International Business degree is offered in multiple functional areas (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 International Business program of study prepares students for careers in an increasingly integrated world economy. The IB majors are designed to appeal to students who favor an interdisciplinary approach to professional business studies. The majors 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).
An articulation agreement exists between this program and at least one community college. To see a current list of program articulation agreements, please click here.
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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.
Non-College of Business Foundation Courses: 15 hours
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: 78-87 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
International Business Core: 9 hours
Language Requirement: 0-6 hours
All international business students must complete one course from the list below. 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.
Foreign language credits may be used to satisfy requirements. Students who have learned English as a second language may have minimum requirements of French, German, Japanese or Spanish waived.
Study Abroad: 0-3 hours
All IB students must fulfill a study abroad experience. Please consult the Marketing Department for options.
Management Functional Area: 24 hours
Choose two courses from the following:
International Business Electives: 9 hours
This program does not require a minor.
Students must earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level or above.
Critical Graduation Information:
Each undergraduate student will be responsible for the fulfillment of the requirements or their equivalents of the Eastern Michigan University catalog in force at the time of their initial registration at a college or university or a subsequent catalog including the one in effect at the time of their graduation.
In the event an undergraduate student does not complete the degree requirements within seven years of the date of their original registration at a college or university, the student may be required to have their credits re-evaluated by the academic department(s) of their major/minor in keeping with catalog requirements in force during the year of their graduation.
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 than 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 credits 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 cumulative GPA of 2.0 must be reached in each major and minor. Only courses taken at EMU and those applied to a student’s major or minor, will be used in the calculation of their major and minor cumulative GPAs. (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. Please see General Education for a detailed description of requirements.
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.