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International Business Administration
Arvind Parkhe, Chair
Deeksha Singh, Academic Director, IB Program
Office: Alter Hall A552
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 Temple CIBER, Spanish and Latin American Studies for Business and Temple CIBER, 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
All new students starting in the 2012-2013 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.
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/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
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.
Please note that this sequence is suggested only, ensuring prerequisites are met. Students' academic sequences may differ based on individual academic plans.
Motivated students can accelerate their BBA program to finish in 3 years. Please see the suggested sequence.
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