International Business

Program Description

The International Business program prepares students to successfully operate businesses in today’s global economy. It imparts basic knowledge of accounting, marketing, management, and finance and extends this knowledge through classes in global business, multinational finance, international management, and courses on doing business in specific geographic areas of the world. It emphasizes the standard of “learning by doing”. Some highlights include:

  • One semester of business course study abroad taken in the geographic location of the student’s choice.
  • A summer internship at a multinational company.
  • Experiential learning components which allow students to apply their in-class learning. For example, students in an introductory finance class might work with a local business on its accounting or business plans. Most courses feature case studies where students are required to use their knowledge to solve business problems that have occurred at various companies.
  • A trip abroad for all second-year Cottey students over the first week of spring break paid for by the College.

See also Business and Economics.

Requirements for the International Business:

All BA graduates must complete a common core curriculum (see General Education requirements in the catalog). The International Business stream will require a total of 57 hours in addition to language requirements.

Core Requirements 30 hrs required
INB 110 Intro to International Business
BUS 211 Prin Acct: Financial Accounting
BUS 212 Prin Acct: Managerial Accounting
BUS 310 Management Information Systems OR BUS 315 Operations Management
BUS 320 Principles of Management
BUS 325 Principles of Marketing
BUS 340 Principles of Finance
ECO 201 Prin of Econ: Macroeconomics
ECO 202 Prin of Econ: Microeconomics
MAT 112 Elementary Statistics

Internship 3 hrs
IRB 399 International Business Internship

Capstone Research Course 3 hrs
INB 490 Global Business Strategy

International Business Electives: 15 hrs required
Five courses in International Business are required.
At least two of these should be taken as part of the study abroad experience.
The additional three classes may be taken abroad or selected from the following:
INB 320 Export Policies & Procedures
IRB 420 Multinational Business Finance
IRB 480 International Management
IRB 491 Topics in International Business/International Relations

Language Requirement: 6-8 hrs required
6-8 hours of upper-level writing intensive courses for nonnative English speakers
6-8 hours of the same foreign language for native English speakers

Study Abroad and Experiential Learning Requirement:
Each student will follow a spring and summer sequence of course work and an internship
Spring Semester Abroad – Full time course load of approved courses
Summer Semester – Minimum of 3 semester credits of an International Business Internship or equivalency.

Interdisciplinary Requirements (6 hours):
See course list in the catalog

International Business B.A. Plan

Year 1 Fall Spring
First Year Writing Seminar 3 College Writing 3
MAT 103 College Algebra 3 MAT 112 Elementary Statistics 3
ECO 201 Macroeconomics 3 ECO 202 Microeconomics 3
Dance/or PE course 1 Fine Arts course 3
INB 110 Intro to International Business 3 Elective 3
Humanities course 3
Total: 16 Total: 15
Year 2 Fall Spring
BUS 211 Prin. Acct: Financial Accounting 3 BUS 212 Prin. Acct: Managerial Accounting 3
Science with Lab course 4 BUS 310 Management Information Systems 3
CSC 101 Application Sys. Concepts/Practice 3 BUS 320 Prin. of Management 3
Foreign Language 3 Foreign Language 3
Elective 3 Elective 3
Total: 16 Total: 15
Year 3 Fall Spring
BUS 325 Prin. of Marketing 3 Study Abroad 9
BUS 340 Prin. of Finance 3 International Business Internship (summer) 9
Dance or PE course 1
Science course 3-4
Elective 3
Total: 13-14 Total: 18
Year 4 Fall Spring
Interdisciplinary courses 6 INB 490 Global Business Strategy (capstone) 3
Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies 3 INB 491 Topics in Business/International Relations 3
INB 480 International Management 3 BUS 345 Export Policies & Procedures 3
INB 480 International Management 3 Interdisciplinary course 3
Total: 15 Total: 12
Total Hours: 120-121


Paula Chelminska
Assistant Professor of International Business
Jeanette and Joseph Head Associate Chair in Business
140 Alumnae
(417) 667-8181, ext. 2273

Gary Lunkenheimer, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Business and Economics
Coordinator of Business Administration – Management and International Business
Sherlock Hibbs Professor of Economics
100 Rubie Burton Academic Center
(417) 667-8181, ext. 2271

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