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Undergraduate Catalog | 2016-2017 
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International Business, B.S.B.A.

The primary objective of the International Business major is to provide an understanding of the importance of a global perspective on the part of business managers.  The major provides an integrated framework for the study of the market environment in which international business firms operate and the impact of those environments upon managerial decision making.  Possible careers may result in a variety of business and government sectors-either domestically or abroad.

Additional Admission Requirements

To be accepted into this major and to progress into the upper-division of the College, a student must meet the Progression Requirements in the PRE-ACCOUNTING, PRE-BUSINESS, and PRE-ECONOMICS section .  This major requires a minimum of 120 credit hours.  Students must complete the General Education Requirements of the University and the Progression, Core, and Major Requirements of the Belk College of Business. 

Degree Requirements

The following courses are required. Students may attempt each of these courses two times.  International Business majors are also required to study abroad.

General Education Courses (37-43 credit hours)

For details on required courses, refer to the General Education program 


*Other courses may be approved by the student’s Academic Advisor.

**The internship may be satisfied by working at least 150 hours at a company or other organization involved in international business. The work program and the company/association must be pre-approved by the Associate Director of the Student Center for Professional Deveopment. At least 80% of the student’s work must be international in nature. While the internship experience is not required to be performed outside the U.S., it is strongly encouraged.

Unrestricted Elective Courses

As needed.

Language Requirement

Students must attain competency in a second language. This can be fulfilled two ways:

  1. Complete at least six semesters of course work in a foreign language. Students must take at least four language courses above the elementary level, including two courses at the advanced level (3000- level or above). It is recommended that 2201, 2210 (or 2202 if 2210 is not offered), 3201, and 3202-or their course equivalents-be taken.
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language at the 3202-level through a test administered by the Department of Languages and Culture Studies. Students are strongly encouraged to enhance their language skills by earning either a Certificate in Business Language (CBL) or a minor in their language of study. Those who do will have this extra effort recognized by the designation of “Language Intensive Option in Spanish” (or French, German, Japanese, etc.) on their final transcript.

Study Abroad (3 credit hours minimum)

This requirement may be satisfied by participating in an approved Study Abroad program outside of the U.S. and Canada during the Fall, Spring, or Summer semester for a minimum period of three weeks, while completing at least three credit hours of coursework.

Degree Total = 120 Credit Hours

Grade Requirements

To obtain this degree, students must meet the University requirements of a GPA of at least 2.0 overall and in the courses for the major.  Students must earn a minimum grade of C in all required Progression, Core, and Major Courses.  When students repeat a course, both the old and new grades are included in the major and overall GPA.  Courses repeated under the Grade Replacement Policy are excluded from the major and overall GPA computation.  However, this repeated course does count as an attempt.  Students must also meet the Belk College of Business residency requirements listed under the “Degree Requirements” heading on the main College of Business page .

Honors Program

For details about the Business Honors Program, visit the program page .

Suggested Curriculum

For the suggested course sequence toward completing the major, please see the Academic Plan of Study available online at academics.uncc.edu.  Consultation with an advisor is required.