Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014
International Business (ITB) with a concentration in Economics (GEC)
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
120 Credit Hours
CIP Code: 52.1101
College of Business
The Bachelor of Arts in International Business (IB) provides students with the knowledge, skills and experience necessary for successful careers in the global business environment.
Graduates will have not only the International Business major, but also a minor in one of the functional areas of business (finance, management, marketing, economics and information systems). With this preparation, graduates will find employment in many manufacturing, service or knowledge-based industries with international markets, international suppliers, international sources of finance or an internationally diverse workforce.
The IB program is unique in that it combines preparation in business administration with language training, area studies, and a meaningful overseas work or study experience. The curriculum includes, in addition to the general education and liberal arts requirements, a strong grounding in business core courses, an 18-hour major in international business and area studies subjects, a concentration in a functional area of business, training in a foreign language and overseas academic or business experience. International students, who have completed at least the equivalent of a high school education in their native country, are advised to pursue another business major. At a minimum, international students, who have completed at least the equivalent of a high school education in their native country, may not study the area of their origin as part of the International Business major.
College Level Requirements
Limited Access - This major has additional admissions requirements as listed in this section.
Admission to the College of Business is based upon availability of faculty and space within each discipline. The College is an upper-level, limited access college, which means that it has admission requirements in addition to those of the University in general. Students interested in pursuing a degree in the areas offered by the College of Business must complete the required prerequisites for entering the College in addition to other related criteria listed below.
Students must satisfy the following criteria:
- Minimum of 60 semester hours of college credit earned.
- Minimum of a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on all college-level work and a minimum of 2.0 on all credit attempted at USF, including any prior to renewal. NOTE: Beginning Fall 2013 the College of Business will establish each fall a new minimum overall GPA required to satisfy the limited access GPA admission requirement. The minimum overall GPA will range between a 2.5 with a maximum required GPA of a 2.75. Students will be notified each fall as to the minimum entrance GPA required for the following fall semester. Notification will occur through Canvas and updated at the following link: http://business.usf.edu/programs/undergraduate/admission.asp.
- In computing entry grade point average, all business and economics courses taken for S or U grades will be converted to C or F, respectively.
- A minimum score of 550 on paper and pencil or 213 on computerized TOEFL is required, when applicable.
State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites
Transfer credits will be accepted from accredited institutions; however, all hours earned may not be applied toward USF business degree requirements. Individual courses will be evaluated by an academic advisor and appropriately credited toward requirements in the student's program at USF.
Florida public state or community college students enrolled in an Associate of Arts (AA) program should normally complete the general education requirements and the State Mandated Common Prerequisites at a Florida College System institution. As a rule, AA students should avoid taking any business courses at the state or community college that are listed as 3000- and 4000-level courses at USF. Normally, courses in finance, marketing, management, and accounting, as well as other business administration and economics courses, taken at the lower division level that are offered as upper division courses at USF will not be accepted for upper division credit in business administration or economics. In general, business courses taken at the lower level, at technical schools, or as part of professional or military training, are not applicable to the degree programs of the College of Business. Exceptions to this policy will be made only upon proper validation of such courses. Validation consists of successfully completing specified advanced courses in the discipline.
Florida College System students pursuing an Associate of Science (AS) program in Business Administration are fully admissible to USF. Please see a business advisor to determine the articulation courses, discuss admission to the College of Business and prepare a program plan for degree completion. Students transferring to the College of Business with an A.S. in Business Administration may earn a major in General Business Administration only.
Florida College System students pursuing an Associate of Science (AS) program in any other discipline should contact the Director of the BSAS program in the Office of Undergraduate Studies, SVC 2003, (813) 974-4051, for information regarding course transferability and degree articulation.
Completion of the following State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites (or equivalents) with a grade of C- or higher in each course and an overall 2.0 GPA:
- * ACG X021/ACG X022 Financial Accounting (or ACG X001 & ACG X011)
- * ACG X071 Managerial Accounting (or X301)
- CGS X1001 Computers in Business (or acceptable Substitute, i.e., CGS X100C, CGS X530, CGS X570, CGS X531, CGS X0000, MAN X812)
- ECO X013 Principles of Macroeconomics
- ECO X023 Principles of Microeconomics
- MAC X233 Elementary Calculus or MAC 2230
- STA X023 Introductory Statistics or QMB X100 or STAX122 although STA X023 and QMB X100 are preferred).
* accounting majors must earn a C not C- in ACG 2021 & 2071
1or demonstrated competency.
Total Major Hours: 42 Hours
A minimum of 120 hours is required to complete a B.A. in International Business.
Major Core Courses - 30 Hours
International Business Major (18 credit hours):
- Business Courses (9 credit hours) - Required Business courses cannot be used to satisfy the Business concentrations:
- FIN 3604 International Finance or ECO 3703 International Economics
- ISM 4382 Global Information or MAR 4156 International Marketing or MAN 4600 International Management
- MAN 4631 Global Perspectives and Management Choices
- A 2.0 GPA is required for the Business courses.
- Students should see an advisor for an approved list of upper level area studies courses.
- A 2.0 GPA is required for the Area Studies courses.
Foreign Language(s) selected should support the study abroad area and the Area Studies courses.
Overseas Business Internship (3 credit hours) or Semester Abroad:
The International Business Major is designed to be completed within 120 credit hours. Certain courses satisfy requirements in more than one area. To maximize academic options, students should seek guidance from an advisor once a decision has been made to pursue this major.
Please note: Courses used to satisfy a major in accounting, economics, finance, information systems management or marketing may not be used to satisfy the concentration requirement for the ITB major. Courses used for the concentration for the ITB major cannot be used for a major.
Concentration Core Courses - 3 Hours
ECO 3703 International Economics
Concentration Elective Courses - 9 Hours
9 hours of upper-level Economics Coursework
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