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International Business

Course Descriptions

International Business Courses:

ACC 201, 202 Principles of Accounting I and II (4 SH). A two-semester study of the basic principles and concepts underlying the measurement of financial activity, and the preparation and use of financial statements. Among the topics will be basic accounting theory, transaction analyses, income determination, asset and liability valuation. The second semester will be a continuation of the basic accounting concepts, plus issues that relate to the financial management of a company, cost behavior, cost control, capital budgeting and profit planning. Prerequisite: ACC 201 for ACC 202.

BA 140 The American Workplace (4 SH). An introduction to the nature of work and organizations. The course will explore the functions of managers in work environments, and the issues that shape contemporary management such as global competition and information technology. This course cannot be taken for credit if you have received credit for BA 310 (or are currently enrolled). This course is not open to junior or seniors except by permission.

BA 220 Statistics (4 SH). An introductory course in the analysis and interpretation of quantitative data. Attention is given to the binomial distribution, the normal distribution, sampling, introductory probability theory, and hypothesis testing. Real world applications are used with computer software for statistical analysis. Not available to students with credit in BIO 206, MTH 335, PSY 201, PS 301, SSC 251, or SSC 252. Prerequisite: MTH 130 or 131 (or concurrent enrollment in MTH 131). (Also listed as ECO 220.)

BA 305 Marketing (4 SH). A study of the process by which products or services are brought to targeted consumers. The discussion includes consumer behavior, formation of a marketing plan and strategy, and marketing ethics. The approach is from the position of a business; however, consumer issues and concerns will also be discussed. Prerequisites: BA 140 or PR 101 or ECO 150.

BA 310 Organizations and Management (4 SH). A course that studies the behavior of people in a work organization. Topics include motivation, leadership, group processes, job and organizational design, communications, effectiveness and ethics in the workplace. Prerequisites: ECO 150 and junior standing.

BA 350 Finance (4 SH). A study of the financial principles involved in operating a business enterprise. Topics include asset management, creditor relationships, owners’ equities, budgeting for future capital needs and cash requirements, and the management of income and expenses. Prerequisites: ECO 150, ACC 201, ACC 202, BA/ECO 220 (or equivalent), and MTH 131.

BA 410 Global Marketing Management (4 SH). An introduction to the complexities of marketing goods and services to international consumers. The environment of international marketing will be addressed from conceptual and applied perspectives. Topics include the various economic, social, political and legal dimensions confronted in international marketing. Prerequisites: junior standing and BA 305.

BA 601 Strategic Management (4 SH). A capstone course that focuses on general management skills involved in choosing an organizational strategy, committing critical resources to implementation, and appropriately reevaluating that strategy as internal and external organizational environments change. The course integrates the major business functions using top management’s generalist view. The primary method of instruction is case analysis. Prerequisites: BA 305, 310 and 350.

BA 602 Managing Across Borders and Cultures (4 SH). An examination of business activities between the United States and its principal and developing trade partners throughout the world. The impact of culture on business activities between countries will be examined. Topics to be covered, but not restricted to: the impact of NAFTA and other trading blocks on U.S. business, implementation of import/export agreements, future of trade in evolving economies. This is the capstone course for the international business major. Prerequisites: BA 305, 310, and 350.

ECO 150 Principles of Microeconomics (4 SH). Fundamental economic concepts and theories of supply and demand, resource allocation, taxation, international trade, externalities, public goods, market models, and labor markets. An emphasis on applications in both public policy and individual decision making will be recurrent throughout the course.

ECO 152 Principles of Macroeconomics (4 SH). The course concerns the aggregate economic variables of gross domestic product, the consumer price index, employment, consumption, saving, investment, imports, exports, exchange rates, taxes, government spending and debt, money, and interest rates, and how they fluctuate and are related to each other. The effects of individual behavior and government policy on these variables receive attention.

ECO 365 International Trade and Finance (4 SH). An introduction to theories and policies concerning international trade, open economy macroeconomics, and international finance. Topics include traditional and modern theories of international trade, trade policies in advanced and developing countries, the balance of payments, fixed and flexible exchange rates, arbitrage and hedging, monetary and fiscal policies, currency areas, international debt, and the global capital market. Prerequisites: ECO 150 and 152. (Also listed as BA 365.)

FR 202 Intermediate French II (4 SH). A continuation of the skills and emphases stated for FR 201. Prerequisite: FR 201 or consent of instructor.

FR 301 Advanced Conversation and Composition I (4 SH). A course in oral and written practice at the advanced level, designed to develop fluency in speaking and writing French. The emphasis is on the reading of cultural and literary texts, as well as current periodicals, which serve as the basis for group discussion and for writing short essays. Prerequisite: FR 202 or consent of instructor.

FR 302 Advanced Conversation and Composition II (4 SH). A continuation of the skills and emphases stated for FR 301. Prerequisite: FR 301 or permission of instructor.

SPA 301 Advanced Conversation and Composition I (4 SH). A course in oral and written practice at the advanced level, designed to develop fluency in speaking and writing Spanish. The emphasis is on the reading of cultural and literary texts, as well as current periodicals, which serve as the basis for group discussion and for writing short essays. Prerequisite: SPA 202 or consent of instructor.

SPA 302 Advanced Conversation and Composition II (4 SH). A continuation of the skills and emphases stated for SPA 301. Prerequisite: SPA 301 or consent of instructor.

Supporting Courses:

IC 101 The World of Language (4 SH). A study of the world of language from a multicultural perspective. Students will explore language origins, first and second language acquisition, and cross-cultural differences. The course will also cover such topics as body language, gesture, the relationship between language and perception, anthropological foundations, attempts to create a “universal language,” computer language, artificial intelligence, and animal communication.

IC 102 Reading the World (4 SH). An introduction to the study of culture in countries where French, German, and Spanish are spoken. The course uses texts in the broadest sense, including literature, film, advertising, and cultural theory, in order to explore culture from an interdisciplinary perspective. This course examines the specific content and form of these four kinds of texts and the role of gender, race, and social class in shaping them. Special emphasis is given to texts by and about women, minorities, and the Third World.

MTH 131 Applied Calculus (4 SH). A one-semester study of applications of differential and integral calculus with emphasis on polynomials, exponential functions, logarithmic functions, business and economics applications. This course is for individuals with a good high school background in mathematics. This course does not provide the background for a student to continue on to Calculus II. Not available to students who have credit for MTH 150, MTH 152, or MTH 250. Prerequisites: C or better in MTH 130 or permission of the instructor or department chair.

PS 104 International Politics (4 SH). A study of politics among states and other actors who affect global relations. Once establishing a background in the concepts used to analyze world politics, students will use these concepts to explore the Cold War era, the end of that system, and several pertinent international issues in the areas of security, economics, and the environment.

PS 431 International Law and Organization (4 SH). A study of selected international institutions that have been constructed to address challenges faced by the world’s states. The course will introduce the student to several theories of international cooperation and explore the validity of these approaches in explaining behavior in the United Nations system (which consists of many international organizations). Students will leave the course with an understanding of the structures of these organizations, as well as a sense of how and why they work and sometimes fail to work. Topical areas will include peacekeeping, arms control and disarmament (e.g., nuclear weapons, biological and chemical warfare), development and trade, social and humanitarian issues (e.g., refugees, drug trafficking, transnational crime), and legal issues (e.g., war criminals, asylum). Prerequisite: PS 104 or permission of instructor.

REL 111 Understanding Religious Experience and Expression (4 SH). A cross-cultural study of religious life as a global phenomenon. The course examines the narratives, rituals, symbols, beliefs, forms of salvation, and moralities of the world’s religious communities. Particular attention is given to concepts and tools for analyzing and understanding these expressions and dimensions of human experience.

REL 116 Religions from the Middle East (4 SH). A study of the histories, narratives, rituals, and scriptures of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, with special attention to Judaism and Islam in the 20th century.

REL 117 Religions from India (4 SH). A study of the histories, narratives, rituals, scriptures, and meditative practices that have historically made up the major religious traditions of India, with special attention given to Hinduism in its modern Indian and Western forms.

REL 118 Religions from China (4 SH). A historical, social, and philosophical study of Confucianism, Buddhism, and Daoism, as these three broad traditions developed and interacted in China from the 6th century B.C. down to the modern era, with specific consideration given to the modern period.

REL 216 Celtic Spirituality (4 SH). Using an historical and theological approach, this course explores both the pre-Christian religion and practices of the people known as the Celts and the development of the Celtic Christian tradition. The particular characteristics of Celtic Christianity will be examined in relation to the emphases found in the Roman Catholic tradition. The class will also look at modern communities that are building on the foundations of Celtic spirituality.

SOC 105 Cultural Anthropology (4 SH). A study of the cultures and social structures of preindustrial societies, in the contemporary developing world and within still existing indigenous societies. Special attention is given to cultural diversity, theories of societal development, and historical relationships between industrial and pre-industrial societies.

SPA 202 Intermediate Spanish II (4 SH). A continuation of the skills and emphases stated for SPA 201. Prerequisite: SPA 201 or consent of instructor.


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