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  Academic Programs / Business & Management

International Business Administration

Arvind Parkhe, Chair

215-204-6618

aparkhe@temple.edu


Nicolas Dahan, Academic Director, IB Program

ndahan@temple.edu

ciber@temple.edu
www.fox.temple.edu/cms_academics/dept/international-business-administration/

A major in International Business Administration is a great choice for students who:

  • Want to have productive and enriching interactions with foreigners
  • Want to be able to assess and hedge risks of doing business abroad for their employer
  • Will pursue international business opportunities (e.g. international procurement, foreign clients) for their employer
  • Want to become familiar with the practical techniques required by international trade
  • Would like to pursue a professional career that requires frequent travel abroad

The U.S. News & World Report has ranked the Fox School of Business and Management's undergraduate International Business (IB) major in the Top 10 in the nation for 5 consecutive years.

A major in International Business Administration combines coursework in international business (IB), area studies, and foreign language. This educational experience is designed to equip students with the knowledge and global perspectives required to thrive in the global workforce of the twenty-first century. The IB major prepares students to understand the different challenges businesses face when they operate in an international environment. As the world is globalizing several emerging markets such as China, India, and Brazil have become important players in the international arena in the past two decades. The IB program emphasizes learning to do business in these emerging markets through elective courses such as Fundamentals of Asian Business, Fundamentals of Latin American Business, and Special Topics in IB.

Since an understanding of language and cultural differences plays an important role in international interactions, there is additional emphasis given to learning a second language. Students are required to demonstrate proficiency in a second language at the fourth semester level through coursework or examination. In addition, a cultural, historical, and geographic area of understanding is also essential. Students are encouraged to acquire this background through completion of a Certificate of Specialization in Spanish and Latin American Studies for Business, or Asian Business and Society facilitated by IGMS/CIBER, or elective courses offered by the College of Liberal Arts. See Spanish and Latin American Studies for Business and Asian Business and Society Certificate Program for information.

To further round out a students' education, study abroad is strongly recommended. Students are provided opportunities to spend a summer, a semester or a year abroad in various countries where the university has established business programs. See Temple CIBER, Study Abroad for information.

International Business Administration majors are strongly encouraged to study abroad, earn an Area Studies and Language Certificate, and become actively involved in the International Business Association. This student organization hosts the Global Lecture Series with guest speakers from international business disciplines, networking events, and career development activities. This organization is open to all FSBM majors. For more information, contact the International Business Association officers at 215-204-8185.

 

Summary of Requirements

University Requirements

All new students starting in the 2013-2014 academic year and beyond are required to complete the university's General Education (GenEd) curriculum.

Note that students not continuously enrolled who have not been approved for a Leave of Absence or study elsewhere must follow University requirements current at the time of re-enrollment.

College Requirements

Students must meet College Graduation Requirements, including the requirements of the major listed below. Students must maintain a 2.0 GPA overall and a 2.0 GPA in the major to graduate as an International Business major. Use the major GPA calculator at www.fox.temple.edu/cms_academics/dept/advising/ to calculate the GPA in the major.

Major Requirements for new students

Students must follow the Major Requirements and College Requirements current at the time of declaration. Students not continuously enrolled who have not been approved for a Leave of Absence or study elsewhere must follow University, College, and Major requirements current at the time of re-enrollment.

Suggested Sequence for new students

 

Requirements of International Business Administration Major

Undergraduate students may earn a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) degree in International Business Administration (IB). Students are strongly encouraged to pursue one of two complementary tracks to enhance their professional marketability by specializing in a functional area of business and/or pursuing area studies expertise.

 

Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Foreign Language requirement   All students must be proficient in two languages    
International Business Administration 3596 Global Strategic Management 3 WI
International Business Administration 4587** International Business Practicum  3  
International Business Administration/Economics* 3563 International Trade 3  
International Business Administration/Marketing* 3553 International Marketing 3  
         
Select two:     6  
International Business Administration***
  or
Asian Studies***
2501
  or
2511
Fundamentals of Asian Business
      or
Introduction to Asian Business
   
International Business Administration****
  or
Latin American Studies****
2502 Fundamentals of Latin American Business    
International Business Administration 2503 Business in the European Union (Temple Rome)    
International Business Administration 3580 Special Topics in International Business: Doing
Business in Emerging Markets (Destination
Ghana, Destination India, Destination Vietnam)
   
Subtotal     18  
     
* These courses are cross-listed.
** This major capstone is taken in the final semester, and all prerequisites must be met.
*** This course is cross-listed in International Business and Asian Studies
**** This course is cross-listed in International Business and Latin American Studies
 
NOTE:
International Business Administration 2501/Asian Studies 2511 is offered in spring, fall, and occasionally summer.
International Business Administration/Latin American Studies 2502 is offered spring, fall, and occasionally summer.
International Business Administration 2503 is offered only in Rome.
International Business Administration 3580 is offered in Spring and occasionally summer.

 

Suggested Sequence of International Business Administration Major

Please note that this sequence is suggested only, ensuring prerequisites are met. Students' academic sequences may differ based on individual academic plans.

 

Semester I - Fall
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Statistics 1001 Pre-Calculus for Business 3  
Economics 1101 Macroeconomic Principles 3  
Human Resource Management 1101 Leadership & Organizational Management 3  
English 0802, 0812 or 0902 Analytical Reading & Writing 4 GW
Foreign Language
     or
Free Elective
    3-4  
Subtotal     16-17  
 
Semester II - Spring
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Statistics 1102 Calculus for Business 3  
Economics 1102 Microeconomic Principles 3  
Legal Studies 1101 Legal Environment of Business 3  
Intellectual Heritage 0851 or 0951 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I 3 GY
Foreign Language
     or
Free Elective
    3-4  
Subtotal     15-16  
 
Semester III - Fall
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Statistics 2103 Business Statistics
{waives GenEd GQ requirement}
4  
Accounting 2101 Financial Accounting 3  
Management Information Systems 2101 Information Systems in Organizations 3  
Intellectual Heritage 0852 or 0952 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II 3 GZ
Foreign Language
     or
Free Elective
    3  
Subtotal     16  
 
Semester IV - Spring
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Accounting 2102 Managerial Accounting 3  
Marketing 2101 Marketing Management 3  
Business Administration 2101 Professional Development Strategies 1  
Business Administration 2196 Business Communications 3 WI
Risk Management & Insurance 2101 Introduction to Risk Management 3  
Foreign Language
     or
Free Elective
    3  
Subtotal     16  
 
Semester V - Fall
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Finance 3101 Financial Management 3  
Management Science/Operations Management 3101 Operations Management 3  
Business Administration 3102 Business Society & Ethics 3  
International Business Administration 3101 Fundamentals of International Business 3  
Select one of the following:   3  
International Business Administration/Asian Studies
International Business Administration/Latin American Studies
International Business Administration
2501/2511
2502
2503
Fundamentals of/Introduction to Asian Business
Fundamentals of Latin American Business
Business in the European Union (Temple Rome)
   
Subtotal     15  
 
Semester VI - Spring
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Business Administration 3103 Integrative Business Applications 3  
Select one of the following:   3  
International Business Administration/Asian Studies
International Business Administration/Latin American Studies
International Business Administration
International Business Administration
2501/2511
2502
2503
3580
Fundamentals of/Introduction to Asian Business
Fundamentals of Latin American Business
Business in the European Union (Temple Rome)
Special Topics in IB: Doing Business in
Emerging Markets (Destination
Ghana/India/Vietnam)
   
International Business Administration 3596 Global Strategic Management 3 WI
GenEd 08xx or 09xx GenEd Breadth Course 3  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx GenEd Breadth Course 3  
Subtotal     15  
 
Semester VII - Fall
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Business Administration 4101 Global Business Policies 3  
International Business Administration/Marketing 3553 International Marketing 3  
International Business Administration/Economics 3563 International Trade 3  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx GenEd Breadth Course 3  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx GenEd Breadth Course 3  
Subtotal     15  
 
Semester VIII - Spring
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
International Business Administration 4587 International Business Practicum 3  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx GenEd Breadth Course 3  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx GenEd Breadth Course 3  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx GenEd Breadth Course 3  
Free Elective     3-4  
Subtotal     15-16  
 
Total credits for the B.B.A. in International Business Administration: 124  

Accelerated 3 Year BBA

Motivated students can accelerate their BBA program to finish in 3 years. Please see the suggested sequence.

Certificates

Several interdisciplinary certificates are offered that will enhance international understanding: Asian Business & Society and Spanish & Latin American Studies for Business.

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