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International Business Administration

Dr. Arvind Phatak, Executive Director
Kim Cahill, Program Advisor
Office: Speakman Hall 349

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.

Students are required to demonstrate proficiency in a second language at the fourth semester level through coursework or examination. 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

University Requirements

All students are required to complete a set of university requirements: General Education (GenEd) or Core.

New freshmen starting in the 2008-2009 academic year are required to complete the GenEd curriculum.

New transfer students starting in the 2008-2009 academic year are required to complete the Core curriculum.

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/advising to calculate the GPA in the major.

Major Requirements for Freshmen

Major Requirements for Transfers

Requirements of International Business Administration Major - for freshmen only

Undergraduate students may earn a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) degree in international business (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.

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Foreign Language requirement   All students must be proficient in two languages    
IBA 4597^ Global Strategic Management (GSM 4597) 3 WI
IBA 4587* International Business Practicum  3  
Marketing 3511 Marketing Research 3  
Select one:     3  
IBA 2501 Fundamentals of Asian Business    
IBA 2502 Fundamentals of Latin American Business    
IBA 2503 Business in the European Union (Temple Rome)    
Select two:     6  
IBA/Finance 3551 International Financial Markets    
IBA/Marketing 3553 International Marketing    
IBA/Law 3562 International Law    
IBA/Economics 3563 International Trade    
IBA/HR MGMT 3565 International Human Resource Management    
Subtotal     18  
^ This course is pending approval.    
* This major capstone is taken in the final semester and all prerequisites must be met.

Requirements of International Business Administration Major - for transfer students only

The International Business Administration major results in a multidisciplinary degree with a strong, functional business component. All International Business majors will complete the requirements for a functional business major AND the international requirements listed below.

Required courses****       
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Requirements of FSBM Functional major*     
IBA/Economics 3563** International Trade 3  
IBA 4587 International Business Practicum  3  
Select one of the following:   3  
IBA 3101 Fundamentals of International Business    
IBA/Finance 3551 International Financial Markets    
IBA/Finance 3552 International Financial Management    
IBA/Economics 3564 International Monetary Economics    
Select one of the following:   3  
IBA 2503 Business in the European Union (Temple Rome)    
IBA/Marketing 3553 International Marketing    
IBA/LAW 3562 International Law    
IBA/HR MGMT 3565 International Human Resource Management    
IBA/GSM 3566 Global Strategic Management    
Foreign Language Requirement***   Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, or Spanish (these are non-business credit hours) 0-14 LA
Subtotal          12-26  
* Technology requirement is filled through the functional Business Major.
** The IBA 3563/ECON 3563 class may be able to satisfy the 3500+ level Economics requirement for the functional major that is chosen. Please check with the functional major description and your academic advisor.
*** Students are required to take four courses of a foreign language or the Latin American Studies Semester (LASS). Students fluent in a foreign language will be waived from this requirement if they have demonstrated fourth-level competency in one of the languages listed above.
**** IB majors must also complete the requirements for a functional major such as accounting, economics, finance, etc.


  • International Business courses are cross-listed with the corresponding functional department.  IBA majors must use the IBA course number when registering.
  • IBA 4587 is no longer considered a writing-intensive course.
  • It is recommended that students take IBA 2501 and IBA 2502 as Business electives if they have room in their degree program.
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