Undergraduate Catalog 2015-2016


International Business (ITB) with a concentration in Economics (GEC)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

8 Semester Plan

120 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 52.1101

Muma College of Business

Major Description

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 International Business 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.

Limited Access - This major has additional admissions requirements as listed in this section.

Admission to the Muma College of Business is based upon availability of faculty and space within each discipline. The Muma College of Business 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 Muma 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 Muma 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://www.usf.edu/business/undergraduate/requirements-general.aspx.
  • 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 Muma 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 Muma College of Business and prepare a program plan for degree completion. Students transferring to the Muma 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 (A.S.) program in any other discipline should contact the TRansitional Advising Center, SVC 2043, (813) 974-2645, 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 X100 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 & ACG 2071

Total Major Hours: 42 Hours

Major Core

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 Systems 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
  • Area Studies Courses (9 credit hours):
    • 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 Above First Year (9 credit hours):
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

Concentration Elective Courses - 9 Hours

  • 9 hours of upper-level Economics coursework

Additional Major Requirements

Concentration GPA Requirement

A 2.0 GPA is required for concentration courses.

Major Residency Requirement

At least 12 hours must be taken in residence at USF Tampa.

Research Opportunities

All undergraduate students in any degree program can participate in undergraduate research. There are a number of options to receive academic credit for a mentored research experience and to have the experience show on the official transcript. Students who wish to enroll in an undergraduate research course should consult with their academic advisor to understand how the credit will apply towards the degree requirements. If no credit is needed, students may be eligible to enroll in the 0-credit IDS 2912 or IDS 4914 courses. These courses will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office for Undergraduate Research will assist students in understanding the various course options.

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