The AACSB-accredited International Business 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 in organizations with international operations. The program also prepares students for graduate business study.
Admission to the Program
A student's cumulative GPA in the foundation courses is used to determine whether the student will be admitted to the major. Students must earn a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the foundation courses below, with no grade lower than "C-." Transfer grades are included in this GPA.
- CIS106 End User Computing
- ACC281 Introduction to Financial Accounting
- ECN201 Principles of Microeconomics
- ECN202 Principles of Macroeconomics
- MTH244 Business Statistics
- ONE of the following:
- MTH201 Calculus
- MTH221 Business Calculus
Note: An introductory statistics course from another discipline (e.g ., psychology) may be substituted for MTH244. However, credit towards graduation will be allowed for only one introductory statistics course.
Students who successfully complete these requirements can declare the major in international business.
Students pursue the International Business Major as part of a Bachelor of Arts degree, and must satisfy its requirements. Students are also bound by the policies and procedures of the School of Business Administration and Economics.
Note: Only business students who have declared their major or minor are permitted to register for courses numbered 400-499 in the School of Business Administration and Economics.
International Business Core Courses
- 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 453 International Business Seminar
- BUS 462 Quality Management Systems
- ECN 443 International Economics
Foreign Language Requirement
Students must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign or second language equivalent to Brockport's 212-level or higher.
Cross Cultural Core Courses
Students must take four cross-cultural courses approved by the student's academic advisor. The department maintains a list of pre-approved courses.
Foreign Experience Requirement
International business students are required to participate in a significant foreign experience. This requirement is normally satisfied by one of the following two options:
- completing an overseas (foreign country) internship
- participating in a study abroad program
In completing the foreign experience requirement, international business and economics majors can take advantage of one of Brockport's many opportunities to study abroad. Overseas programs may take the form of traditional college/university course work or an internship program. With one of the largest study abroad programs in the nation, the College 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.
Note: under certain circumstances and with the written approval of the student's academic advisor, the foreign experience requirement may also be satisfied by:
- completing an appropriate domestic internship (typically with a local business heavily engaged in international commerce),
- completion of two 300-level courses in a foreign language with a grade of "C" or higher in each course.
Note: To satisfy degree requirements for the B.A. in International Business, students must:
- Earn a grade of at least C- in all courses required for the major.
- Earn an overall GPA of 2.0 in all courses required for the major.
Student Learning Outcomes
Students will be able to:
Outcome 1. Essential Business Knowledge
1.1 Articulate key concepts and theories in business areas
1.2 Understand ethical and diversity issues that impact business
Outcome 2: Analytical and Critical Thinking
2.1 Demonstrate critical thinking skills in analyzing business conditions and solving problems.
Outcome 3: Communication Skills
3.1 Demonstrate effective oral communication skills
3.2 Demonstrate effective written communication skills
Outcome 4: Global Perspective
4.1 Explain the impact of the global economy on business
4.2 Develop a global perspective in making business decisions