International Business

The Department of Business and Economics offers several programs that provide special opportunities for students who are interested in careers in business and related fields. The programs in business benefit from endowments by the estate and family of the late D. Abbott Turner who was a prominent leader in business and civic affairs in Georgia and a trustee of Wesleyan. These endowments help provide Wesleyan students with instruction, equipment, and special activities that add an important dimension to the educational process.

The D. Abbott Turner Program in Business Management includes three major curriculum alternatives: the major in business administration, the major in accounting, and the major in international business. The department also offers a major in economics and an interdisciplinary major in advertising and marketing communication.

The department has an expanded minor curriculum program with minors in accounting, business management, economics, and finance.

The department sponsors lectures, conferences, seminars, and research which promote entrepreneurship and business career opportunities for women. These activities provide students with the opportunity to discuss significant issues and experiences with successful women from the business community. A lecture series offers topical special lectures and convocations with prominent leaders in business and government.

Major Requirements: Bachelor of Arts in International Business

The interdisciplinary major in international business prepares students to be effective in the international environment, with knowledge of the language, culture, business, and political affairs of other countries. Graduates with this major will be prepared to work for a multinational corporation in the United States and abroad or to pursue graduate studies in international business.

The international business major combines study in a foreign language (Chinese, French, Japanese, or Spanish), along with courses in economics, finance, marketing, management, accounting, political science, history, ethics and cultural awareness. In addition, students are encouraged to participate in an exchange program or study abroad.

The student learning outcomes of the major are as follows:
I. to understand cultural, social and political differences among peoples, and to interact successfully in different sociopolitical and cultural settings;
II. to understand the economic and financial dimensions of international business management and the use of the computer in decision-making;
III. to understand the historical and political context of international business management;
IV. to provide knowledgeable and socially responsive leadership for international businesses and institutions;
V. to provide graduates with the functional and cross-cultural skills to become effective managers of multinational enterprises and institutions;
VI. to understand the issues in ethics which influence the international environment; and
VII. to integrate knowledge previously gained and develop experience in application of knowledge, research, and critical thinking.
 

Major Requirements: International Business

I. Required courses in general education (12 hours)
COM 216 Intercultural Communication 
or  
WST 250 Cross-Cultural Perspectives of Women 3 hours
ECO 210 Women and Economic Development 3 hours
HIS 125 Emergence of the Modern World 3 hours
POL 230 International Relations 3 hours
 
II. Business and Accounting Courses (19 hours)
BUS 105 Contemporary Business
or
BUS 106 Business and Society 3 hours
ACC 201 Financial Accounting: Concepts and Applications 3 hours
ACC 202* Principles of Managerial Accounting 3 hours
BUS 303 Principles of Marketing 3 hours
BUS 310* Business Law 3 hours
BUS 315 Principles of Management 3 hours
BUS 475 Portfolio Seminar 1 hour
BUS 488 Business Policy Seminar 3 hours
* Choose either ACC 202 or BUS 310
 
III. Economics Courses (15 hours)
ECO 102 Issues in Macroeconomics 3 hours
ECO 104 Issues in Microeconomics 3 hours
ECO 205 Principles of Finance 3 hours
ECO 302 International Trade 3 hours
MAT 220 Statistical Methods 3 hours
 
IV. History Course (choose one - 3 hours)
HIS 342 Modern Europe 3 hours
HIS 346 Modern East Asia 3 hours
HIS 347 Modern Middle East 3 hours
 
V. Political Science Courses (choose one - 3 hours)
POL 319 International Law 3 hours
POL 335 Developing World 3 hours
POL 342 International Organizations 3 hours
 
VI. Foreign Language (competency through 212; *0-12 hours)
     Choose one language from CHN, FRN, JPN, or SPN:
_____ 101           3 hours
_____ 102          3 hours
_____ 201          3 hours
_____ 202          3 hours
*Students with a waiver from the foreign language proficiency requirements are exempt from the Section VI language requirements listed above, but they must take Professional Writing.
ENG 265 Professional Writing 3 hours
 
VII. World Views (choose 2 courses - 6 hours)
ACC 330 International Financial Accounting
AST 250 Introduction to Chinese Culture
AST 297 Special Topics in Asian Studies
BUS 332 International Business Management
FRN 305 French Civilization to the Revolution
FRN 306 French and Francophone Civilization
FRN 327 Business French
SPA 305 Spanish Culture and Civilization
SPA 306 Latin American Culture and Civilization
SPA 327 Business Spanish
 

Total hours in major: 46**-70 hours (**exclusive of required courses in general education and modern foreign language)

Integrative Experience: The student learning outcome of enhancing a student's capacity for integrative thinking is met in the international business major with the requirement of BUS 475 Portfolio Seminar. This course provides a forum for international business majors to discuss, analyze, and critique and prepare a senior portfolio documenting their integrative experience. The student will reflect upon the interdisciplinary nature of her courses of study including the general education experiences and their relationship to her international business major. This course includes the formal presentation of a portfolio documenting these experiences.

Professional Development: Throughout her Wesleyan education each student is given opportunities to explore professional and career choices, and to develop and demonstrate the knowledge and skills essential for professional success. Each student will complete a PDE 400 Professional Development Experience and submit a PDE 401 Professional ePortfolio prior to graduation. The student learning outcome of developing an understanding of how a liberal arts education enhances a student's preparation for careers ad further professional growth is met in the international business major with BUS 475 Portfolio Seminar. The program also recommends internship opportunities in the areas of international trade and finance, as well as working with business faculty on academic projects. Students interested in graduate study in law or business have numerous internship opportunities with local law firms and a wide variety of businesses. For those students who wish to work before attending graduate school, it is not uncommon for an internship to lead to a job offer. Some of the sponsors who welcome Wesleyan interns in business include Bank of America; Merrill-Lynch; Sun Trust Bank; BB&T Bank; Capital City Bank; McNair, McLemore, Middlebrooks, CPAs; and Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce.

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