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International Business and Economics Major



The international business and economics major provides an interdisciplinary education that includes foreign-language proficiency and cross-cultural awareness. Students gain knowledge and develop skills relevant to conducting business in the international domain. Graduates are prepared for careers with organizations with international operations.

International Business and Economics Degree Requirements
All international business majors are bound by the policies, terms and conditions described earlier in the section titled “Guidelines and Policies Pertaining to All Department Programs and Courses.” International business majors must complete all SUNY Brockport General Education requirements and degree requirements for students earning a Bachelor of Arts. In addition to prescribed business course work, students majoring in international business must complete a minimum of 60 credits of non-business, non-accounting course work. Up to nine credits of economics courses and up to six credits of statistics may be included in this 60-credit total.

The international business and economics major requires completion of 15 credits of prerequisite courses (I below), 27 credits of international business core courses (II below), foreign-language proficiency at the 212 (four-semester) level or higher (see III below), 12 credits of cross-cultural core courses (IV below), and a significant foreign experience (V below). See “Course Requirements for the International Business and Economics Major” and “Course-Grade and GPA Requirements for the International Business and Economics Major” below for details.

Course-Grade and GPA Requirements for the International Business and Economics Major Students pursuing the international business and economics major must satisfy four course-grade and GPA requirements as follows:

  1. A student’s cumulative GPA in the prerequisite courses is used to determine whether a student will be admitted to the major. Students must earn a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the prerequisite courses, with no grade lower than “C-,” to declare the major in international business and economics.
  2. Students must earn a grade of at least “C-” in each course used to satisfy prerequisite and international business core courses specified in “Course Requirements for the International Business and Economics Major” below.
  3. Completion of the international business and economics major requires an overall cumulative GPA of 2.0 in the courses used to satisfy the international business core, foreign-language, cross-cultural core, and foreign experience requirements specified in “Course Requirements for the International Business and Economics Major” below.
  4. All General Education, upper-division (300/400-level) course work, and GPA require- ments of SUNY Brockport must be met, including an overall cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 in all SUNY Brockport course work used to meet bachelor’s degree requirements.

Course Requirements for the International Business and Economics Major
Students must satisfy (1) prerequisite, (2) international business core, (3) foreign lnguage, (4) cross-cultural core and (5) foreign-experience requirements as specified below.

1. Prerequisite Course Requirements (15 credits must be completed before declaring the major)
Prerequisite courses provide a foundation for upper-division course work. As described in Course Grade and GPA Requirements for the Major in International Business above, grades in prerequisite courses are used to determine admission to the major.

ECN 201 Principles of Economics (Micro)
ECN 202 Principles of Economics (Macro)
ECN 204 Introduction to Statistics
ACC 281 Introduction to Financial Accounting
MTH 2XX Calculus-level Math requirement (see 2 below)


  1. It is expected that full-time students will complete all prerequisite courses no later than the first semester of their junior year. Part-time students should complete prerequisites before undertaking a substantial number of 300-level business courses.
  2. The MTH 2XX requirement is typically satisfied by taking Calculus I (MTH 201), Business Calculus (MTH 221), or Finite Math (MTH 245). However, any mathematics course at or above the level of MTH 201 (excluding MTH 243, 313 and 441) can be used to satisfy the math requirement.
  3. Students are encouraged to take both ACC 281 and 282.
  4. An introductory statistics course from another discipline (e.g., psychology) may be substituted for ECN 204. However, credit towards graduation will be allowed for only one introductory statistics course.

2. International Business Core Requirements (27 credits)

BUS 317 Introduction to Management Information Systems
BUS 325 Principles of Finance
BUS 335 Principles of Marketing
BUS 345 International Business Environment
BUS 433 International Marketing
BUS 445 International Financial Management
BUS 462 Quality Management Systems
ECN 443 International Economics
ECN 453 International Business Seminar

Note: CIS 106 is the prerequisite for BUS 317.

3. Foreign Language (3 or more credits assumed)
One 212 level or higher course in a foreign or second language.


4. Cross-cultural Core (12 credits)
Four cross-cultural courses (see Suggested Cross-cultural Courses below)

Cross-cultural courses are typically upper division, internationally focused, social science courses focusing on current cultural issues. With the written approval of the student’s advisor, an appropriate internship may also be used to satisfy up to six hours of this requirement.

5. Additional Requirement: Foreign Experience (required for graduation)

Students are required to participate in a significant foreign experience. Subject to written approval of the student’s advisor and the department, this requirement can be satisfied by (1) completing an overseas (foreign country) internship, (2) participating in a study abroad program, (3) completing an appropriate domestic internship (typically with a local business heavily engaged in international commerce), or (4) completion of two 300-level courses in a foreign language with a grade of “C-” or higher in each course. International business majors may not graduate without completing the foreign experience requirement.

In completing the foreign experience requirement, international business and economics majors can take advantage of one of SUNY Brockport’s many opportunities to study abroad. Overseas programs may take the form of traditional studies or an internship program. With one of the largest study abroad programs in the nation, SUNY Brockport has programs in England, France, Costa Rica, Mexico, Australia, Ghana, Jamaica, Russia, Germany, The Netherlands and many other locations. Summer programs include countries such as Greece, Australia, Mexico, England and Costa Rica. Internship opportunities are available with many organizations and businesses in Australia, Canada, England, Mexico, Costa Rica, Scotland and Germany.

Suggested Cross-cultural Courses
The following courses are approved for use in satisfying cross-cultural core requirements. Additional and/or alternative courses may be approved by the department for inclusion in the cross-cultural core. The department maintains an updated list of qualified courses in Hartwell Hall, Room 119.

AAS 302 History of South Africa  
AAS 317 Prejudice, Personality and Culture (every semester)  
AAS 360 Africa Today (every semester) (A,D,I,W)  
AAS 404 Cultures of Sub-Saharan Africa  
AAS 408 Pan-Africanism (fall)  
AAS 420 Overseas Seminar in Africa (1-15 Cr.)  
AAS 460 Modern Africa (I)  
AAS 485 The Jamaica Seminars  
ANT 322 Culture and Power  
ANT 315 The Migration Experience (spring (I,W)  
ANT 316 Food and Culture (I, W)  
ANT 321Culture Change (spring) (I,W)  
ANT 330 (AJ) World Poverty and Underdevelopment  
ANT 332 (AJ) China in Transition  
CMC 418 Cross-cultural Communication  
CRJ 465 Terrorism and the Criminal Justice System  
CRJ 451 International Criminal Justice Systems  
DCC 310 Human Heritage and Experince  
DCC 315 Society and Culture II  
ENL 353 The Bible and Modernism (C, I)  
ENL 357 Postmodern Culture  
ENL 366 Arabic Culture and the West  
ENL 455 Sociolinguistics  
ENL 474 Caribbean Literature (W)  
ENL 495 Literature of the Holocaust (I,W)  
FCE 375 Latin-American Women (C,I,W)  
FCE 420 Multiculturalism in the USA  
FRN 325 France Today  
FRN 355 France Under the Fifth Republic  
HST 341 Middle East Crisis  
HST 343 (AJ) History of the Soviet Union  
HST 361 History of Japan  
HST 363 Islam  
HST 364 History of Britain (spring)  
HST 376 Modern Latin America  
HST 388 Traditional China  
HST 389 Modern China  
HST 421 America Since 1929 (spring)  
HST 424 United States and the World  
HST 434 Modern Caribbean History  
HST 438 Women and Gender in Latin American History  
HST 460 (I) Modern Africa  
HST 467 Modern South Asia (C)  
PLS 304 International Relations Simulations  
PLS 305 Politics of European Integration  
PLS 333 American Foreign Policy  
PLS 338 Global Issues  
PLS 340 European Political System  
PLS 342 Latin-American Politics  
PLS 343 Canadian Politics and Society  
PLS 346 Russian and Eastern European Politics  
PLS 348 Asian Politics  
PLS 383 Mid-East in World Politics  
PLS 410 International Political Economy  
PLS 444 National Security  
PLS 470 Nationalism  
PLS 475 Political Geography  
PSH 437 Psychology and Jewish Studies  
REL 315 International Tourism  
SOC 306 Development and Globalization  
SOC 317 Prejudice, Personality and Culture  
SOC 325 Social Class, Status and Power  
SOC 464 Gender and Social Change  
SPN 352 Hispanic World Today  
SPN 353 Literature and Cultures of Spain I  
SPN 363 Literature and Cultures of Spain II  
SWO 321 Human Diversity  
WMS 323 History of European and American Women  
WMS 375 Latin American Women  
WMS 438 Women and Gender in Latin American History