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    The International Business Program

    Distinctive features of the McKenna School International Business Major  

    1. McKenna business majors are accredited by the Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)—one of the top two premier accrediting agencies for business schools worldwide. With a requirement for faculty professional development and courses primarily (at least 70% at SVC) taught by PhDs, the ACBSP is the number one business accreditation program devoted to teaching excellence and service to students.
    2. Students typically develop proficiency in the primary business languages: Chinese and/or Spanish. Depending on their career aspirations, international business students also concentrate their studies in either finance, accounting, marketing, or operational excellence.
    3. Rankings: The McKenna business seniors score exceptionally well on the ETS undergraduate business field test. Out of 685 accredited (i.e., ACBSP and AACSB) business schools, we consistently rank overall in the top 10% of the nation. In the international business section of the ETS exam, over the last academic three years, the McKenna School scored in the top 23% of the nation. In fall 2011, the McKenna School had one of its best academic achievements and finished in the top 10.8% in international business.
    4. In 2011/12, McKenna students studied abroad in
      • Athena Study Abroad (Florence, Italy)
      • John Cabot University, Rome, Italy (2 students)
      • Fu Jen Catholic University in Taipei
      • Malaga, Spain, University of Malaga
      • Seville, Spain, University of Sevilla
      • PR China at Shanghai University
      • Ireland (3 students)
      • University of Manchester, England (2 students)
      • Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso, Chile
    5. Students may join Women in Business, the Finance Club, Marketing Matrix, the OE Club, the Entrepreneurship Club, and Delta Mu Delta, the national Greek honor society for business majors.

    International Business majors will

    • Receive hands-on experience assisting firms with global marketing plans and export needs;
    • develop a high degree of language proficiency in at least one foreign language;
    • develop the requisite intellectual curiosity and critical thinking skills allowing them to ethically address complex real-world problems;
    • be encourage to pursue a broad range of educational opportunities and internships abroad;

    The McKenna School also offers a minor in international business.

    International Business

    College Core(48 credits)
    TH 119 First Theology (freshman year) - 3 credits
    Theology (200 Level) - 3 credits
    Theology (300 Level) - 3 credits
    History (100 Level)** - 3 credits
    History (200 Level)** - 3 credits
    PL 101 1st Philosophy - 3 credits
    Philosophy Elective (PL 215 Ethics suggested) - 3 credits
    Natural Science 100 Level with lab - 4 credits
    Natural Science 200 Level with lab - 4 credits
    EL 102 Language and Rhetoric (freshman year) - 3 credits
    English Elective (Literature Course) - 3 credits
    English Elective - 3 credits
    Fine Arts (100 Level) - 3 credits
    Foreign Language Intermediate Level - 3 credits
    Foreign Language Intermediate Level - 3 credits
    First-Year Seminar (additional hour) - 1 credit

    Business Core(43 credits)
    BA 100* Financial Accounting I (freshman year) - 3 credits
    BA 170* Organizational Behavior (freshman year) - 3 credits
    BA 220 Principles of Marketing (2nd semester freshman year) - 3 credits
    BA 265 Management Information Systems (sophomore year) - 3 credits
    BA 305 Business Ethics (junior year preferred) - 3 credits
    BA 320 Corporate Finance I (sophomore year) - 3 credits
    BA 340 Business Law (junior year) - 3 credits
    BA 350 Statistics I (sophomore year) - 3 credits
    BA 351 Statistics II or
         EC 360 Econometrics (sophomore year) - 3 credits
    BA 495 Business Policy and Strategy (senior year) - 3 credits
    EC 101 Principles of Microeconomics (freshman year) - 3 credits
    EC 102 Principles of Macroeconomics (freshman year) - 3 credits
    PS 100* Principles of American Politics - 3 credits
    MA 109/111* Calculus I (freshman year) - 4 credits
    ePortfolio Requirement (semester of graduation - pass/fail)

    International Business major requirements (32-28 credits)
    BA 150 Managerial Accounting (freshman year) - 3 credits
    BA 250 Global Business Management - 3 credits
    BA 353/EC 353 International Finance - 3 credits
    BA 395 Global Marketing - 3 credits
    Modern Language - Two courses beyond the intermediate level or two classes of a second language - 6 credits
    Choose 2 of the following courses:
    PS 242 International Politics - 3 credits
    PS 375 International Law - 3 credits
    BA 251 International Business - 3 credits
    BA 525 Global Experience OE Around the World (2 credit class)
    EC 351 International Trade - 3 credits
    PS 242 International Politics - 3 credits
    Minor requirement:
    International Business majors must complete a minor in Accounting, Finance, Marketing, Operational Excellence, Politics or Economics.

    * Satisfies Core Curriculum requirements in Social Sciences and Mathematics.
    ** At least one History class must be a global topic.

    Majors are encouraged, but not required to study abroad for one semester. Depending on the minor chosen, the total required for the Business Administration International Business major is 73-79 credits. After completing this major and the college core, you will have 0 to 3 credits for electives.

    Minor in International Business(18 credits)
    BA 102 Survey of Accounting (non-business majors only) or Financial Accounting I and Managerial Accounting - 3 credits
    EC 101 Principles of Microeconomics - 3 credits
    EC 102 Principles of Macroeconomics - 3 credits
    BA 250 Global Management - 3 credits
    BA/EC 353 International Finance - 3 credits
    BA 395 Global Marketing - 3 credits

    Students obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting will possess the necessary prerequisite coursework to satisfy the standards of our accrediting agency (The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs). Students will achieve knowledge in the following areas: management, accounting, marketing, economics, statistics, finance, business ethics, legal environment of a business, business policy and strategy, quantitative skills, global dimensions of business, and information systems.