Feb 20, 2024
Revised Program [Fall 2020]
The Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business - Computer Information Systems offers 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 world 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. The Director of International Business Programs handles student advising for the IB program.
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 world language course sequence.
The International Business program of study prepares students for careers in an increasingly integrated world economy. The IB majors appeal to students who favor an interdisciplinary approach to professional business studies. The majors should also be of interest 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).
Students seeking admission to any program in the College of Business must complete 56 credit hours of coursework to include the courses listed below. The foundation courses for admission to the College of Business must be completed with a minimum earned a grade of C- (C required for transfer courses) in each. Students must also have an EMU GPA of at least 2.50.
Major Requirements: 87 hours
Students are to complete 87 credit hours distributed amongst the Business Core, International Business Core, Functional Area, and International Business Electives.
Please note that some students may need to complete additional coursework to satisfy the World Language requirement, as described below.
International Business Core: 15 hours
Core Courses: 12 hours
Complete twelve credit hours from the following. Students will take IB 375 twice for a total of three credit hours. Course content will change each semester to a different country or sub-region within the broader area of study.
- IB 210 - Fundamentals of Global Business [GEGA] 3 hrs
- IB 375 - Doing Business in Countries/Regions 1.5 hrs
- IB 380 - International Business Ethics 3 hrs
- MGMT 492 - Managing World Business Communication 3 hrs
Study Abroad Perspective: 3 hours
This requirement can be satisfied by one of the following options. Please contact the IB advisor for a waiver if you can fulfill options 1, 2, or 3.
World Language Requirement:
Satisfy this requirement by completing one of the following options.
Completed two years of college-level coursework in any language (English or and sign language excluded). Generally, this requirement includes four semesters of study of a single language. The coursework completed for this requirement may also satisfy general education requirements. Please see General Education for specific requirements.
The equivalent tested proficiency in any language (evaluated and approved by the World Languages Department at EMU).
Earned a diploma from a high school that delivers education in a language other than English.
Earned a diploma from a high school located in a community where English is not the primary language.
Note: The International Bussiness program coordinator is responsible for informing Records & Registration when a student satisfies this requirement.
Computer Information Systems Functional Area: 30 hours
International Business Electives: 6 hours
Choose six hours from the following. After completing IB 375 twice to satisfy the International Business Core requirement, any subsequent enrollments will apply to the international business electives requirement.
This major does not require a minor.
Students must earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level or above.
Beginning in Fall 2022, all baccalaureate degree programs for all undergraduates (regardless of catalog year) will require a minimum of 120 credit hours for completion.
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.
- Meet the requirements of the General Education program (see information below).
- Complete a Writing Intensive (GEWI) 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; individual departments/schools conduct the internal review of such courses 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 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. A detailed description of General Education requirements is available in the General Education section of the catalog.
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.