B.A. in International Business

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  • Course description

    With the effects of instant communication and market globalization, the global marketplace has become increasingly important for American companies. In recent years, U.S. exports have accounted for about a quarter of  our economic growth. As companies continue to expand into this market, they seek employees with skills in international business, marketing and accounting.

    If you love to travel and experience new cultures, consider Lewis University's major in International Business. The program offers a combination of business, finance and accounting, all from an international standpoint. You will gain solid business skills and a global perspective, preparing you for a successful career in international business. 

    You can choose between two academic tracks:
    • The concentration in International Business will introduce you to how business is practiced across the world. You will develop understanding of other cultures and learn cross-cultural business practices, communication and etiquette. You will learn how to identify opportunities in foreign markets and manage enterprises across national borders. You also will explore the influence that international and local politics have on business strategy.

    • The concentration in International Accounting will introduce you to accounting concepts from other countries. You will learn about financial reporting and standard setting, along with how to analyze international financial statements. You will look at how specific countries conduct financial reporting.

    No matter which concentration you choose, you will develop broad international business knowledge, cross-cultural communication skills and technology savvy.  Additionally, you will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, research, case studies and travel abroad. Upon graduation, you will be prepared for an exciting and rewarding career in international business.


    Total Credit Hours: 128
    Major Credit Hours: 57

    International Business Concentration

    I. General Education Courses (52)
    09-102 Culture and Civilization II (3)
    04-200 Basic Macroeconomics (3)
    26-100 General Psychology (3)
    Select one of the following:
    24-230 Finite Mathematics (3)
    24-240 Business Calculus (3)
    General Education courses recommended for the Major (6)
    06-334 Non-Western Literature (3)
    18-200 American National Government (3)
    Other General Education requirements (34)
    The remaining 34 credits in General Education must be selected from the options and requirements listed in the Catalog

    II. Foundation Courses (21)
    61-210 Introduction to Contemporary Global Studies (3)
    09-102 Culture and Civilization II (3)
    63-200 Introduction to Information Systems (3)
    26-100 General Psychology (3)
    26-285 Cross-Cultural Psychology (3)
    04-346 Business-Government Relations in the Global Economy (3)
    Select one of the following:
    18-361 History of Political Thought I (3)
    18-362 History of Political Thought II (3)
    18-368 Non-Western Political Thought (3)

    III. Major Area Courses (30)
    25-200 Principles of Marketing (3)
    23-120 Principles of Accountancy I (3)
    61-200 Principles of Management (3)
    62-200 Principles of Finance (3)
    61-250 Business Law I (3)
    61-420 International Business (3)
    25-468 International Marketing (3)
    04-345 International Economics (3)
    62-440 International Finance (3)
    Select one of the following:
    61-410 International Business Capstone (3)
    61-460 Strategic Management Theories and Application (3)

    IV. International Experience (6)
    Students select 6 credits from the following option(s) or combinations of options. Selected options must be approved by Director of International Business Program.
    1. Study Abroad Option (3-6)
    21-120 International Experience Seminar (1)
    2. Study Abroad Project (3) 
    61-475 Management Study Abroad Project (3)
    3. International Internship Option (3-6)
    4. International Experience Travel Study (3-6)
    25-468 International Marketing (3)

    V. Language Electives
    Students majoring in International Business will be required to complete one year of college-level study in a foreign language (or the equivalent). 
    Student can fulfill the requirement in any one of the following ways:
    1. Successfully completing a two-semester language course in the Lewis University Language Program.
    2. Transferring to Lewis University the equivalent training from another recognized post-secondary institution subject to University transfer policies.
    3. Taking a diagnostic test in a particular language which either:
    a. places them out of the requirement
    b. diagnoses them as needing one or two additional semesters of college-level study.

    V. Recommended Electives
    10-350 Intercultural Communication (3)
    20-360 Sociology of Conflict and Cooperation (3)
    19-298 Christianity and World Religions (3)

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