May 29, 2022
Degree and Major Requirements
The B.B.A. degree in international business requires a minimum of 120 credit hours of undergraduate work.
The credit hour requirements are as follows:
International Business Required Courses
- General Education courses 41 Credit Hours 1,2
- B.B.A. core courses 45 Credit Hours
- International business major requirements 24 Credit Hours 3
- Foreign language requirements (see required courses for details) 12 Credit Hours
1 Students are encouraged to choose general education courses having a foreign or international content. The program office has a list of these courses. The General Education program contains a set of requirements each student must fulfill. The number of credit hours necessary to fulfill these requirements may vary.
2 Some language and general education courses may be completed during the semester abroad.
3 Students are required to spend the equivalent of a semester abroad. See below for details.
Students planning to major in international business must complete the 27 to 28 hour, lower-level B.B.A. curriculum prior to enrolling in upper-level core courses, normally taken in the first semester of the junior year. It is expected that the lower-level core curriculum along with most of the university general education curriculum will be completed during the first two years of study. Failing to complete all lower-level core requirements on time will delay enrollment in upper-level core and major courses until at least the second semester of the junior year.
The foreign language requirements of the major begin at the advanced level. Consequently, students with little or no foreign language training must use elective credits to obtain proficiency through the intermediate level.
Students majoring in international business must carefully plan their individual course work because not all required courses are offered each semester and because each student in the major is required to study or work abroad. The study/work abroad requirement is for a minimum of six weeks outside of the United States, unless express permission is granted by the program director for another option. The primary language spoken in the country chosen by each student for the study/work abroad requirement is not to be English and must be the language chosen by the student to meet the IB language requirement. Approval of the study/work abroad requirement must be obtained from the program director (approval forms are available online. International students should see the program director to determine appropriate requirements for this aspect of the curriculum.
International business majors must select a world region on which to concentrate that coincides with their selected language. For example, an international business major who selects French as his/her second language could choose Europe, Africa or Asia as a world region. Also, a student who selects Spanish as the second language could select either Europe or the Americas. The acceptable world regions are Africa/Middle East, Americas, Asia and Europe.
As part of the JMU assessment program, graduating seniors are required to participate in assessment activities. Assessment information is used to assist the COB faculty in modifying curricula and co-curricular events.
1 Offered fall semester only.
2 Offered spring semester only.
3 Students choosing Spanish to meet the IB language requirement should take either SPAN 485 or SPAN 486 to fulfill this requirement.
The remaining courses will depend upon which of the following three concentrations the student selects:
The requirements for each of the three concentrations are outlined above.
B.B.A. Core Component
B.B.A. Lower-Level Core Component
B.B.A. majors must complete all of the B.B.A. core components as part of their degree program. The following courses comprise the B.B.A. Lower-Level Core Component:
B.B.A. Upper-Level Core Component
The following courses comprise the B.B.A. Upper-Level Core Component:
1 MATH 220 may be substituted for COB 191 .
2 COB 191 or equivalent and MATH 205 or equivalent are prerequisites for COB 291 .
3 Calculus is required but not used in calculating the B.B.A. core GPA. MATH 235 is preferred for Economics and Finance majors.
4 COB 241 must be taken before COB 242 .
5 COB 242 is a prerequisite for COB 300 but is not used in calculating the B.B.A. core GPA.
6 All four COB 300 courses must be taken during the same semester.
7 COB 300 is a prerequisite or corequisite for COB 318 . COB 318 is a prerequisite for COB 487 and BLAW 497 .
8 COB 487 must be taken during the senior year.
Recommended Schedule for Majors, International Business
1 International business major requirement.
2 International business major requirement. Students with a finance concentration must take ECON 370 in place of ECON 270 . ECON 370 is offered fall semester only.