INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - CO-MAJOR AND MINOR

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As a result of the extraordinary changes brought on by globalization, companies need new kinds of managers—individuals who not only have strong business skills, but who are comfortable managing and communicating across cultures. In the International Business co-major, you will learn the potential and risks of new markets and develop the ability to think globally while acting locally. When you choose an International Business (IB) co-major at VSB, you will take it in conjunction with a primary major. A minor in IB will supplement a business degree by providing cross-cultural skills valued by global companies.

Earning a Co-Major

You must complete the core curriculum and the business curriculum, along with meeting the requirements for your primary major plus the one required IB course and three IB elective courses from at least two different disciplines. Other requirements include:

  • One international course in your major discipline, if available. If you have more than one major, you are required to take an international course in each major. The course(s) will also satisfy a major elective requirement.
  • One international-related history or international-related social science course selected from geography and the environment, history, psychology, political science, or sociology. 
  • An approved international study experience.

Language Requirement: Successful completion of placement beyond the intermediate levels on a language placement exam administered by Villanova University OR two semesters of a foreign language (minimum of six credits) at or above the intermediate level if French, Greek, Italian, Latin, or Spanish is chosen OR two semesters at the introduction level if Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Hindustani, Japanese or Russian is chosen. Language requirements are waived for all international students whose first language is not English.

Earning a Minor

You must complete the core curriculum and the business curriculum plus your major requirements, along with the one required IB course (noted by *) plus two IB electives from at least two different disciplines. Other requirements include:

  • One international course in your major discipline, if available. If you have more than one major, you are required to take an international course in each major. The course(s) will also satisfy a minor elective requirement.
  • One international-related history or international-related social science course selected from geography and the environment, history, psychology, political science, or sociology.

Language Requirement: If you had two years of a foreign language in high school, the language requirement is waived; otherwise, you are required to take two semesters of a foreign language (minimum six credits) at or above the introductory level.

An international study experience is optional.

REQUIRED COURSES

Description: An elective topic dealing with the cross-cultural aspects of management. Student cases will address how politics, religion, social customs, and history shape and influence management practices. Junior or senior standing.

  • Prerequisites: (VSB 2020 and VSB 2009 (concurrency) or VSB 2010 (concurrency) or VSB 2030 (concurrency) and VSB 2040 (concurrency)) or MGT 1102
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Last Offered: Spring 2020, Fall 2019, Summer 2019, Spring 2019
  • CRSE Attributes: NONE


 

ELECTIVE COURSES

Description: Examines a variety of international accounting issues, including international financial accounting standards; consolidation of international operations; auditing standards and procedures; managerial accounting systems for planning, control, and performance measurement; political, legal, and cultural influences on accounting and transfer pricing. This course can be applied toward the international course requirement and in VSB's Master of Accountancy Program.

  • Prerequisites: ACC 2310
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Last Offered: Fall 2020, Spring 2020, Spring 2019, Spring 2018
  • CRSE Attributes: NONE

Description: The nature, sources, functions and practical applications of International Law, approached from a perspective of the individual, governments, and business entities. Emphasis on the "rules" that govern doing business globally and resolving disputes.

  • Prerequisites: VSB 2007
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Last Offered: Fall 2020, Fall 2019, Fall 2018, Fall 2017
  • CRSE Attributes: NONE

Description: Comparative advantage; gains from foreign trade; Heckscher-Ohlin doctrine; technology and product cycles; tariff theory and policy; Other protection measures; economic integration; foreign exchange rates; fixed and flexible rates; balance of payments; multinational corporations.

  • Prerequisites: ECO 1001 and ECO 1002
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Last Offered: Fall 2020, Spring 2019, Fall 2018, Spring 2018
  • CRSE Attributes: Core Social Science

Description: This course examines foreign aid using a variety of economic approaches and tools including growth models, a public choice approach, principal-agent theory, and econometric analysis. Building on the history and institutions of foreign aid, we will delve into current policy and academic debates including aid effectiveness, agency problems, conditionality, and selectivity. A recurring theme is how the economic and political objectives of aid donors and recipients influence the development effectiveness of aid.

  • Prerequisites: (ECO 2102 and ECO 3137)
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Last Offered: Fall 2020, Fall 2018, Spring 2018, Spring 2017
  • CRSE Attributes: Diversity Requirement 3; Economics

Description: Foreign exchange markets, foreign derivatives markets, external currency market and their instruments, international parity conditions, foreign exchange risk management, foreign investment analysis, political risk assessment, financing foreign trade, managing the multinational financial system.

  • Prerequisites: (ECO 3108 and VSB 2020 (concurrency) and VSB 2009 or VSB 2010 or VSB 2030 and VSB 2040) or (FIN 1113 and ECO 3108)
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Last Offered: Fall 2020, Spring 2020, Fall 2019, Spring 2019
  • CRSE Attributes: Writing Enhanced Requirement

Description: Examination of a specific international management topic, which may vary from semester to semester, as reflected in the course title (e.g., Internatl Top: Mgt in Europe). Can be used toward the elective course requirement for the VSB IB Co-Major and IB Minor and as an management elective. Junior or senior standing.

  • Prerequisites: (VSB 2020 and VSB 2009 (concurrency) or VSB 2010 (concurrency) or VSB 2030 (concurrency) and VSB 2040 (concurrency)) or MGT 1102
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Last Offered: Fall 2020, Fall 2019, Summer 2019, Fall 2018
  • CRSE Attributes: NONE

Description: Explores globalization and its implications for corporate social responsibility. Drawing from multiple disciplines and perspectives, students examine stakeholder claims and issues related to the environment, labor, and human rights, and analyze corporations' response to these pressures using specific cases and examples.

  • Prerequisites: (VSB 2020 and VSB 2009 (concurrency) or VSB 2010 (concurrency) or VSB 2030 (concurrency) and VSB 2040 (concurrency)) or MGT 1102
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Last Offered: Spring 2009, Spring 2007
  • CRSE Attributes: NONE

Description: Focuses on management and strategy in "big emerging markets," like Argentina, Brazil, China, India, Malaysia, Mexico, Poland, South Africa, Taiwan, and Turkey. Examines social, political, economic, cultural, and financial conditions challenging businesses exporting to or investing in these countries.

  • Prerequisites: (VSB 2020 and VSB 2009 (concurrency) or VSB 2010 (concurrency) or VSB 2030 (concurrency) and VSB 2040 (concurrency)) or MGT 1102
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Last Offered: Fall 2019, Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
  • CRSE Attributes: NONE

Description: Help students gain insights about the nature of culture, the nature of leadership, and their intersection. Provide students with an increased understanding of, (1) existing theory and research on different leadership and culture topics and, (2) themselves with respect to leadership development and cultural intelligence.

  • Prerequisites: (VSB 2020 and VSB 2009 (concurrency) or VSB 2010 (concurrency) or VSB 2030 (concurrency) and VSB 2040 (concurrency)) or MGT 1102
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Last Offered: Fall 2020, Fall 2019, Spring 2019, Fall 2018
  • CRSE Attributes: NONE

Description: Interactive study of business ethics within a global economy. Alternative ethical theories across and within different cultures are presented. Both Western and non-Western traditions are explored to develop a framework useful to address ethical challenges as they arise globally.

  • Prerequisites: (VSB 2020 and VSB 2009 (concurrency) or VSB 2010 (concurrency) or VSB 2030 (concurrency) and VSB 2040 (concurrency)) or MGT 1102
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Last Offered: Spring 2020, Spring 2019, Spring 2018, Spring 2017
  • CRSE Attributes: NONE

Description: The world market and its implications for global marketing; the relationships of imports and exports to policies; impacts of major national cultures on foreign marketing communications and business development programs will be researched through multiple sources.

  • Prerequisites: VSB 2020 or MKT 1137 or SBI 3006
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Last Offered: Fall 2020, Fall 2019, Fall 2018, Spring 2018
  • CRSE Attributes: NONE

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