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Introduction | Bachelor of Arts in International Business
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Dr. Irene Lange


College Park 900

Bachelor of Arts in International Business
   Concentrations in:

The Business Advising Center, Langsdorf Hall 731, provides information on admissions, curriculum and graduation requirements, registration and grading procedures, residence and similar academic matters. Additional advising on curriculum content and career opportunities is available from the International Business Program:

International Business Irene Lange
Chinese Jinghui Liu
French Helene Domon
German Marjorie Tussing
Japanese Setsue Shibata
Portuguese & Spanish Josefina Hess

The international business curriculum covers the fundamentals of business administration, with an emphasis on international business. Foreign language courses are required and stress the use of the applied language. The program also includes an internship with an international business. This curriculum prepares students for entry level positions. Opportunities exist in contracts, distribution and sales and may lead to general management positions. Since Southern California is a major international business center, there are career opportunities with internationally oriented firms in this area. Other career opportunities may involve international travel or overseas assignments.

Language concentrations are offered in Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish. Other concentrations may be developed in the future. The program is offered jointly by the College of Business Administration and Economics and the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.

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Preparation For The Major
Students who expect to complete this program in the usual four-year period should realize that the total requirements, including general education courses and prerequisites, can exceed 120 semester units. Intermediate to advanced competency in a foreign language is a prerequisite to the required concentration courses. Students are strongly encouraged to complete a minimum of three years of foreign language study while in high school. Similarly, algebra and geometry are necessary for many required business courses. The equivalent of three years of high school mathematics, including a second course in algebra, is the prerequisite for the required Math 135, Business Calculus. Students without the necessary background will need to enroll in Math 115, College Algebra.

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Admission to the International Business major involves two steps. Students who apply to the major are initially classified as pre-international business. After completing the lower-division core requirements with grades of at least “C” (2.0), and demonstrating satisfactory progress toward intermediate competency in a foreign language, students may apply to the international business major. Pre-international business students may take lower-division business courses, but most upper-division courses are not open to pre-international business students.

All of the following requirements must be met for the degree. Students must earn a grade of at least “C” (2.0) in each course in the major. The International Business degree requires a minimum of 120 units. Students must fulfill all requirements for the major, General Education, all other University requirements, and free electives.

Required Lower-Division Core Courses
Accounting 201A Financial Accounting (3)
Accounting 201B Managerial Accounting (3)
Business Admin 201 Business Writing (3)
Econ 201 Principles of Microeconomics (3)
Econ 202 Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
Management 246 Business and Its Legal Environment (3)
InfoSys/DecSci 265 Introduction to Information Systems
and Applications (3)
Math 135 Business Calculus (3)
    OR Math 130A Short Course in Calculus (4)
    OR Math 150A Analytic Geometry and Calculus (4)

Intermediate foreign language competency is a prerequisite to the concentrations in Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish. Students in international business should consult an adviser in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures as soon as possible in order to assess individual proficiency levels. Students may be required to take additional prerequisite courses.

Required Upper-Division Core Courses
Business Admin 301 Advanced Business Communication (3)
Econ 335 International Economy (3)
Finance 320 Business Finance (3)
Finance 370 International Business Finance (3)
Management 339 Principles of Management & Operations (3)
Management 340 Organizational Behavior (3)
InfoSys/DecSci 361A Quantitative Business Analysis: Probability and Statistics (3)
Marketing 351 Principles of Marketing (3)
Marketing 445 International Marketing Strategies (3)

Required Capstone Core Course
After completing all lower- and upper-division core courses, take Management 480 Global Strategic Management (3).

Required Concentration
Choose one of the following concentrations:

Concentration in Chinese
Chinese 310 Chinese in the Business World (3)
Chinese 311 Chinese for International Business (3)
Chinese 315 Introduction to Chinese Civilization (3)
Chinese 325 Contemporary Chinese Culture (3)

Concentration in French
French 310 French in the Business World (3)
French 311 French for International Business (3)
French 315 Origins of Modern France (3)
French 325 Contemporary French Civilization (3)

Concentration in German
German 310 German in the Business World (3)
German 311 German for International Business (3)
German 315 Introduction to German Civilization (3)
German 325 Current Trends in Culture of German-Speaking Peoples (3)

Concentration in Japanese
Japanese 310 Japanese for Business (3)
Japanese 311 Japanese for International Business (3)
Japanese 315 Introduction to Japanese Civilization (3)
Japanese 316 Modern Japan (3)

Concentration in Portuguese
Portuguese 310 Portuguese in the Business World (3)
Portuguese 317 Advanced Conversation and Composition (3)
Portuguese 320 Introduction to Luso-Brazilian Culture and Civilization (3)
Portuguese 325 Contemporary Brazilian Civilization (3)
One of the following courses may be substituted for Portuguese 320 or 325:
Spanish 310 Spanish in the Business World (3)
Spanish 311 Spanish for International Business (3)

Concentration in Spanish
Spanish 310 Spanish in the Business World (3)
Spanish 311 Spanish for International Business (3)
Spanish 315 Introduction to Spanish Civilization (3)
Spanish 316 Introduction to Spanish-American Civilization (3)

Note: Students may substitute one of the following for Spanish 315 or 316:
Spanish 415 Contemporary Spanish Culture (3)
Spanish 416 Contemporary Spanish-American Culture (3)

Collateral Requirement (3 units)
Complete at least one approved collateral elective. It is recommended that students take up to 12 units of electives, if possible. The list of approved courses is available in the Business Advising Center, Langsdorf Hall 731 or the International Business Program Office, College Park 900.

Internship Requirement
Internships outside the United States: Students who successfully arrange an internship in a country where the language of their concentration is used, will enroll for three units in a language internship and for three units in a business internship. During this experience, students are expected to spend a minimum of four months in full-time employment with a faculty-approved firm. Simultaneous enrollment in the two internships is expected and students normally will not engage in any other academic activity.

Internships in the United States
Students who complete internships locally must arrange a business internship that involves some aspects of international operations. In addition, these students must complete an additional pre-approved three-unit upper-division foreign language course. The course must increase students’ understanding of the language and culture of their concentration. If students are expected to use their foreign language on a daily basis as part of their business internship work activity, students may complete a foreign language internship rather than the course. Approval for this option must be obtained prior to enrollment in the business internship and written evidence of language use must be provided at the completion of the language internship.

Internship Courses
Accounting 495 Internship (3)
Economics 495 Internship (3)
Finance 495 Internship (3)
InfoSys/DecSci 495 Internship (3)
Management 495 Internship (3)
Marketing 495 Internship (3)
Modern Language 495 Internship (3)

Other Requirements
Grade Point Average (GPA): Attain at least a 2.0 GPA (“C” average) in all university courses and in the concentration courses. Earn at least a “C” (2.0) grade in each course required for the major.

Grade Options: Take all required core and concentration courses for a letter grade (A,B,C,D,F). The credit/no credit grading option may not be used for these courses, and a grade of CR (credit) will not satisfy the requirements of the degree. Exceptions: Calculus (Math 130, 135 or 150A) and Internship may be taken under the credit/no credit option, although courses taken to meet general education requirements must be taken for a letter grade.

Residence: At least 12 units of upper-division core courses, 6 units of upper-division concentration courses and 6 units of internships must be taken in residence at CSUF.

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