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International Business Studies Program
441 Bryan Building

Faculty Mission StatementInternational Business Studies Major

Committee Members

Frank Land, Chair, International Business Studies Program, Center for Global Business Education and Research, Stuart Allen, Department of Economics, Thomas Fitzgerald, Department of Anthropology, Nur Gryskiewicz, Department of Business Administration, Jean P. Koenig, Department of Romance Languages, William Tullar, Department of Business Administration, David Olson, Department of Political Science, Riad A. Ajami, Director, Center for Global Business Education and Research, ex officio


Mission Statement

The mission of the International Business Studies Program Major is to contribute to the strategic focus of the Bryan School by providing students the best possible preparation for careers in a global economy. The program recognizes the importance of language proficiency and the multicultural nature of international business. Those needs are addressed by using an inter-disciplinary approach that emphasizes both understanding the business and economic institutions and practices in the global environment and the nature of culture and the role it plays in international business together with language proficiency.

The International Business Studies major is an interdisciplinary program in the Bryan School of Business and Economics administratively located in the Center for Global Business education and Research. Curriculum and degree requirements are recommended by an interdisciplinary committee from the Bryan School of Business and Economics and the College of Arts and Sciences. The program differs from other degree programs in the Bryan School by requiring experiences and competence in some areas, such as language, that are not required in other programs. The need to understand other cultures, societies and economies is met by requiring the more extensive liberal education requirements of the College Liberal Education Requirements (CLER) rather than the All University Liberal Education Requirements (AULER).


International Business Studies Major
(Bachelor of Science)

Required: 127 semester hours

1. Formal admission to the International Business Studies Program:

A. Successful completion of ACC 201, 202; ECO 201, 202, 250; ISM 110; and MAT 120 or 191; and a foreign language at the intermediate level, e.g. FRE 204.
Students are required to have a minimum grade of C- in each of the preadmission courses and an overall grade point average of 2.0 in these courses.
B. A cumulative GPA of at least 2.5

2. 127 semester hours

3. Maintenance of a 2.5 overall GPA

4. One academic year study abroad

5. At least 50 percent of the business credit hours required for the degree must be earned at UNCG


College of Arts and Sciences Liberal Education Requirements (CLER)
(54 hours)

All students in this program must meet CLER requirements. There are specific requirements for some areas that are indicated below. Students should note that CLER requirements and the specific area requirements may differ from AULER requirements and specific requirements for other business programs.

  1. Analytic and Evaluative Studies (AE), 3 sh
  2. British or American Literature (BL), 3 sh
  3. Fine Arts (FA), 3 sh
  4. Historical Perspectives on Western Culture (HP), 6 sh
    Required: CPM (3) and CMO (3)
  5. Mathematics (MT), 3 sh
    Required: MAT 120 or 191
  6. Natural Science (NS), 9-10 sh
    Required: Nine to ten hours required, including one lab course, and at least one course from each category (CPS and CLS)
  7. Non-Western Studies (NW), 3 sh
    Required: INS 233A
  8. Reasoning and Discourse (RD), 6 sh
    Required: ENG 101 or FMS 103 or RCO 101, and one other RD course
  9. Social and Behavioral Sciences (SB), 9 sh
    Required: ECO 201 and two other SB courses, each from a different department.
  10. World Literature (WL), 3 sh
  11. Foreign Language (CFL), 6 sh
    Required: proficiency in one language through the intermediate (203, 204) level
  12. Writing Intensive Courses
    See Writing Intensive courses requirements.

Also see CLER area requirements and courses meeting those requirements.


Major and Related Area Requirements

1. Fundamentals of Business (45 hours)

  • AC 201, 202; ECO 201, 202, 250, 300; FIN 315; ISM 110, 280, 360; MGT 301, 312, 330, 491; MKT 320

2. International Studies (27 hours)

  • Six hours in a foreign language at the intermediate level (203-204 level).
  • Six hours in a foreign language beyond the intermediate level in literature, 300-level conversation, or intensive language study in a foreign country. Non-native speakers of English are exempted from the College foreign language requirements and from the six hours of literature, conversation or foreign study.
  • Six hours in core International Studies courses: INS 233A and INS 400A or 400B.
  • Nine hours in approved elective courses related to culture, political science, geography, or economics of countries or regions other than the United States or Canada.

Under special circumstances and with the permission of the Committee,
some substitutions for required courses may be made.


Contact: University Registrar's Office
Registrar, UNCG, PO Box 26170, Greensboro, NC 27402-6170 (336) 334-5946

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