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Ohio Wesleyan University    
2016-2017 Catalog 
  
 
  Sep 24, 2017
 
2016-2017 Catalog

International Business Major


The international business major is a minimum 17-unit, interdepartmental program designed to assist students in preparing for careers abroad or where knowledge of other cultures and languages is useful. (No more than one unit of 495 may be counted towards the major requirements.)

Students will select one geographic area of the world to focus on: Europe, Latin America, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, or North America. The focus area should not be the same as the student’s home area or language. The language, experience and area studies will all focus on the selected area. This means, for example, that if a student chooses Europe and studies abroad in Italy, then the student will study Italian and the area studies courses will be related to Italy specifically or Europe generally, but not another European country. If a student chooses Asia and studies Chinese, the study abroad experience could be either in Taiwan or China but not Japan, and the area studies courses must correspond as well.

An exception may be made to allow a student to focus within the home area if the student submits a group of courses that do not draw on the native language and homeland. For example, a student from China may choose to study Japan, if the language studied is Japanese, the area studies courses focus on Japan (not China), and the foreign experience is in Japan.

The successful completion of a broad interdisciplinary major such as international business requires considerable forethought and planning. Accordingly, students should declare their major by the end of their sophomore year. Further, students should have their proposed list of courses for the major approved by the chair of the economics department by the end of their sophomore year and before the foreign experience. There is no guarantee that students who apply after this time will be able to complete an approved major.

Students who already have knowledge of several areas of the world should major in business administration or management economics if they are interested in this mix of courses. International Business majors may not double major in economics, finance economics, or management economics, nor may they minor in economics or business.

The major requirement has five components, each of which is an important part of the whole: *No course eligible for the major may be taken Credit/No Entry

Major Requirements


Economics Courses


ECON 110 , ECON 251  ECON 252  ECON 255  ECON 259 , ECON 372 , MATH 105 /MATH 230 /or PSYC 210 , and one additional upper level course with an international emphasis (for example: ECON 282 , ECON 345 , ECON 353 , ECON 370 ).

Business Courses


ACCT 217 ; BUS 210 , BUS 280  (0.5 unit), either BUS 331  (0.5 unit) or BUS 361  (may receive credit for only one), BUS 476 ; and one upper-level elective business course. A grade or C- or better in BUS 376 is required.

Language Requirement


Two units beyond the level of 111 are required, and may be taken from the offerings of the modern foreign languages department, the special languages program, and study abroad programs, or a combination of the above, as arranged by the student. Offerings at Ohio Wesleyan in languages such as Italian, Japanese, Russian, and Swahili are limited, so these languages can be used to satisfy this requirement only if the student completes the language study abroad or at another University.

Students who choose North America (United States and Canada) as their focus area, will meet the language requirement by taking ENG 105  and any two courses in American literature or writing courses as defined by the English department. Writing courses are limited to: ENG 260 , ENG 265 , ENG 310 , ENG 312, ENG 314 , ENG 316 , ENG 318 , ENG 319 , ENG 480 , ENG 482. Other ENG courses do not count.

Foreign Experience


At least one semester (or equivalent time) of the undergraduate program must be spent in study abroad. Students should consult the Director of International and Off-Campus Programs for information on opportunities for study abroad, both in the summer and during the academic year. For students whose area of study is North America, this requirement is satisfied by their study in the United States.

Area Studies


One course chosen from PG 346 , PG 347 , PG 360 , PG 362 , PG 364 , PG 365 ; SOAN 111 ; and GEOG 345 . Plus two courses that increase one’s knowledge of one of  the chosen areas of the world: Europe, Latin America, Asia, Africa, the Middle East or North America. Whether taken here or abroad, these two courses may be from different disciplines and should be taken outside of the economics department. The area studies courses, as well as the foreign experience and language, must develop a cohesive program and be directed to only one area of the world. These courses must be approved in advance by the chair of the economics department who is responsible for administering the international business major.