International Business

Bachelor of Business Arts - BBA

  • High demand field
  • Semester abroad encouraged
  • Accounting, Computer Information & Telecommunication Systems, Finance, Management, Marketing

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International Business prepares you to take on managerial roles with a variety of multinational corporations. As the business world continues to rapidly 'shrink,' the significance of a background in International Business cannot be overstated.

Students majoring in this field are required to complete 45 semester hours in Business and 21 credits in a foreign language. As a student in International Business, you are encouraged to spend a semester abroad in a country of your choice relative to the foreign language selected in the program. Through the advice of both foreign language faculty and Business faculty, your academic program will be structured to meet your specific objectives.

In addition to the required International Business courses, the student is encouraged to select several business electives that will provide a depth of knowledge and a focus for the business portion of the program. A possible area of emphasis may be selected from the following: Accounting, Computer Information and Telecommunication Systems, Finance, Management or Marketing. The International Business student is encouraged to meet with his/her advisor to determine a potential concentration.

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The International Business Program at Marywood University prepares you for multiple career opportunities available in various sectors of multi-national enterprises. Recent graduates in this area have accepted challenging positions in global marketing, international finance, and management of international operations.

Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

  • Official SAT and/or ACT scores
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official transcripts
  • Letter of recommendation

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Requirements for Majors

All students seeking a business degree are required to complete the following courses:

BUS 111 Principles of Marketing
3
BUS 123 Management and Career Options
3
BUS 131 Accounting I
3
BUS 132 Accounting II
3
BUS 200 Advanced Computer Tools for Management 3
BUS 252 Business Law I/Legal Environment of Business
3
BUS 301 Management Information Systems
3
BUS 312 Operation Management/Quantitative Analysis
3
BUS 321 Financial Management
3
BUS 341 Organizational Behavior
3
BUS 422 Personnel/Human Resource Management
3
BUS 481 Business Policies and Strategic Planning
3
ECON 100 Basic Economics
3/6*
OR    
ECON 101
Principles of Economics I
3
AND
ECON 102
Principles of Economics II
3
MATH 216 Statistics for Behavioral and Social Science
3*
PHIL 427 Business Ethics
3*
OR    
PHIL 315 Ethics 3*

Total: 45/48 credit hours: 36 Business credit hours—9/12 liberal arts* credit hours.

The student majoring in one of the aforementioned business areas may also elect to pursue a double major or emphasis in another business area. In doing so, the student is required to take at least an additional 15 credits outside his/her major area. The student should consult with his/her advisor for more information.

All students in the program will take: ECON 100: Basic Economics, or ECON 101: Principles of Economics I and ECON 102: Principles of Economics II, which fulfills the Social Science requirement within the Liberal Arts core. MATH 216 fulfills one of the liberal arts requirements in Category III. Aviation Management majors are encouraged to take ENVS 212 as their Science requirement in Category
III. All Business students are encouraged to take BUS 380, Ethical Leadership and Corporate Responsibility, as a business elective.

The recommended curriculum in each major area is available in curriculum guide format for the four year period and can be obtained in the Business and Global Innovation Office.

All Business and Global Innovation students are strongly urged to take advantage of the excellent opportunities in work experience provided by the corporations that have agreed to participate in the internship program. This unique on-the-job training gives students a chance to utilize skills developed in the formal classroom. Students can register for the internship during their junior or senior years; however, their QPA in their major must be at least 2.75 unless approved by the Executive Director. Accounting and Finance students may have to do their internships during the spring semester of their senior year. However, the internship requirement may be waived by the Executive Director if there is evidence that it may create a student hardship.

Students transferring from other colleges/universities, upon acceptance, will be required to complete a minimum of 30 credit hours in Business and Global Innovation at the Marywood campus.

International Business


The student majoring in International Business is required to complete 45 semester hours in business, in addition to 21 credit hours in a foreign language. Students are encouraged to spend a semester abroad in a country of their choice, depending on the foreign language selected. In addition to the general business core, the International Business student is required to complete the following courses:

BUS 315 International Marketing
3
BUS 370 International Business Management
3
BUS 471 International Finance
3

Plus 21 credit hours in the following foreign language courses or as directed by the Foreign Language Department:

FREN or SPAN 211, 212 Intermediate French or Intermediate Spanish
6
FREN or SPAN 221, 222 French Language and Culture or Spanish-American Language and Culture
6
FREN or SPAN 275, 276 French or Spanish Conversation
6
FREN or SPAN 337 or 338 Commercial French or Spanish
3

Any one of these courses, along with business credits, could be taken abroad.

For those majoring in International Business with English as a Second Language, upon admission, program requirements will be determined in consultation with faculty from both the Division of Management and the Foreign Language Department.

In addition to the required International Business courses, the student is encouraged to select several business electives that will provide a depth of knowledge and a focus for the business portion of the program. A possible area of emphasis may be selected from the following: Accounting, Business Information Technology, Finance, Management or Marketing. The International Business student is encouraged to meet with his/her advisor to determine a potential concentration.