Catalog Year

Years 2019-2020

Degree

Bachelor of Science

Credits

120

Locations

Mankato

Accreditation

AACSB

Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

International Business (BS)

View 2017-2018 Catalog (includes course descriptions)  |  view past catalogs

Admission to the International Business major required the completion of the Business Foundation Requirements. Once admitted to the International Business major, students also complete the following.

Classes in () are prerequisites that have to be met before registering for a class.

International Business Core Requirements:

  • IBUS 428-3 International Marketing (MRKT 310, IBUS 380)
  • IBUS 448-3 International Business Management (380)
  • IBUS 469-3 International Business Finance (380)
  • IBUS 485-3 Export Administration (380)
  • IBUS 490-3 International Business Policy (428, 448, 469-two of the three required prereqs must be completed prior to 490)

Choose 6 credits from the following:

  • ECON 420-3 International Economics (201, 202)
  • FREN 202-4 Intermediate French II
  • GEOG 341-3 World Regional Geography
  • GER 202-4 Intermediate German II
  • IBUS 419-3 International Business Seminar (380)
  • IBUS 491-1-4 In-service (Prof. and Dept. Chair Permission)
  • IBUS 492-1-3 Study Tour (Prof. and Dept. Chair Permission)
  • IBUS 498-1-3 Internship (cob.mnsu.edu/internship/irc.html)
  • IBUS 499-1-3 Individual Study (Prof. and Dept. Chair Permission)
  • POLS 231-3 World Politics
  • SCAN 293-1-4 Intermediate Norwegian II
  • SCAN 295-1-4 Intermediate Swedish II
  • SPAN 202-4 Intermediate Spanish II

Required Electives (Business Function, 6 credits)

Select two courses from one of the following Business options:

OPTION A: Marketing

  • MRKT 312-3 Professional Selling (310)
  • MRKT 316-3 Consumer Behavior
  • MRKT 318-3 Integrated Marketing Communications (310)
  • MRKT 324-3 Marketing Research and Analysis (310, ECON 207)
  • MRKT 339-3 Distribution Strategy (310)
  • MRKT 420-3 Sales Management (310)

OPTION B: Finance

  • ACCT 310-3 Management Account I (200, 210)
  • FINA 460-3 Investments (362)
  • FINA 462-3 Strategic Financial Management (362)
  • FINA 463-3 Security Analysis (362, 460)
  • FINA 464-3 Financial Institutions and Markets (362)
  • FINA 467-3 Insurance and Risk Management

OPTION C: Management

  • MGMT 340-3 Human Resource Management
  • MGMT 380-3 Human Behavior in Organizations (330)
  • MGMT 385-3 Introduction to Management Science
  • MGMT 441-3 Staffing (340)
  • MGMT 444-3 Organizational Design, Development and Change (330)
  • MGMT 459-3 Management Information Systems (200, 330)

Program Requirements

Required General Education

* ECON 201 and MATH 130 must be completed for admission to the major.

Emphasis on forces influencing employment and inflation. Current problems of the economy are stressed along with tools government has to cope with them.

Prerequisites: none

Goal Areas: GE-05

This course develops concepts and skills in algebra and introductory calculus needed to model applications in business, economics, social sciences and life sciences, using polynomials, exponentials, logarithms, linear systems, linear programming, sequences, series, derivatives and integrals.

Prerequisites: Satisfy Placement Table in this section, or grade of “C” (2.0) or better in either MATH 112 or MATH 115.

Goal Areas: GE-04

Ethics Requirement - Choose 3 Credit(s).

Discussion of theories of value and obligation.

Prerequisites: none

Goal Areas: GE-06, GE-09

Discussion of the ways that a culture both creates human community and shapes self-identity. Exploration of similarities and differences between and interdependence among cultural traditions, and of vocabularies for assessing traditions.

Prerequisites: none

Goal Areas: GE-06, GE-08

Ethical perspectives relevant to issues such as euthanasia, genetic engineering, organ transplant, patients' rights, abortion, etc.

Prerequisites: none

Goal Areas: GE-06, GE-09

Introduction to ethical theories and concepts and their application to specific cases in the world of business.V

Prerequisites: none

Goal Areas: GE-06, GE-09

Questions about human responsibilities to other animals and the environment gain urgency as environmental crises become more prevalent, and animal species continue to be eliminated. Learn about, critique, and apply the principles underlying evaluations of human environmental conduct.

Prerequisites: none

Goal Areas: GE-09, GE-10

Consideration of the basic philosophical approaches to the idea of justice and how this idea relates to other fundamental ideas in political philosophy, ethics, and law.

Prerequisites: none

Goal Areas: GE-06, GE-09

Prerequisites to the Major

The accounting process, financial statement preparation, and analysis. Includes the accounting cycle, asset, liability and equity accounting. Emphasis on use of accounting data.

Prerequisites: MATH 112, MAT 115, MATH 121, MATH 130, or MATH 181. MIS majors take COMS 110.

This course is required for admission to the College of Business for all business majors. The purpose of the course is to provide students with an overview of COB majors, allow students to create an academic plan for graduation, and develop professional skills needed for future job placement. Topics include cover letter and resume writing, interviewing skills, the process of networking, the internship program, etiquette skills, and requirements for graduation.

Prerequisites: none

Introduction to the personal computer as a productivity tool for business majors. Using Microsoft Office suite, students learn to be productive with document processing, spreadsheets, electronic presentations, and databases. Cannot be used toward any major or minor in Information Systems & Information Technology.Fall, Spring

Prerequisites: none

Major Common Core

Required of all College of Business Majors - Choose 34 Credit(s).

Preparation and analysis of cost-based management reports: use of cost information to make short-term operating decisions and long-term capital decisions.

Prerequisites: ACCT 200

Application of law to business settings; the American court system; alternative dispute resolution; ethics and the social responsibility of business; fundamentals of legal reasoning; sources of law; constitutional, criminal, tort, and contract law; business associations.

Prerequisites: none

Examines decision making by the individual firm, the determination of prices and wages, and current problems facing business firms.

Prerequisites: none

Goal Areas: GE-05

Basic statistical methods including measures of central tendency and dispersion, probability, probability distributions, sampling, problems of estimation and hypothesis testing in the case of one and two sample meaans and proportions. Chi-Square, one-way analysis of variance, simple regression and correlation analysis, and brief introduction to multiple regression analysis. Use of computer statistical packages required.

Prerequisites: MATH 112 or equivalent

Goal Areas: GE-02, GE-04

An introduction to finance relating to problems, methods, and policies in financing business enterprise.

Prerequisites: ACCT 200, Jr. Standing

International dimensions of business: global business environment (economic, cultural, legal, political) and international business functions (management, marketing, finance, exporting, importing). Junior standing

Prerequisites: Junior Standing 

This course examines basic management concepts and principles, their historical development, and their application to modern organizations. Topics covered include planning, organizing, decision making, leadership, control, and organizational change. In addition, the course includes an introduction to business ethics and social responsibility, human resource management, organizational design and organizational behavior.

Prerequisites: none

This course is designed to introduce students to the Management Information Systems and its application in organizations. The course will present to the students the information systems role to support the various managerial activities, and to help the students identify and evaluate various options in Management Information Systems.

Prerequisites: ISYS 101 or IT 101

This course engages students in the study of the operations management function in manufacturing and service organizations. Students learn how to apply the basic analytical models to operation decisions involving topics such as scheduling, production technology, inventory management, quality assurance, just-in-time production, and others.

Prerequisites: ECON 207 

MGMT 481 is an integrative course for COB majors. Its emphasis is on understanding the role of a general manager, which should include an operations and international component.

Prerequisites: FINA 362, MGMT 210, MGMT, 230, MGMT 346.

This course provides a basic understanding of marketing concepts with emphasis on the pricing, promotion, and distribution of need satisfying products and services in domestic and international markets. The format of the course consists of lectures, case discussions, application exercises, projects, exams, and in-class group assignments.

Prerequisites: none

Required of all International Business Majors - Choose 18 Credit(s).

Topics on current developments in international business, technology, and legislation.

Prerequisites: IBUS 380 

Managerial approach to marketing decision making in multicultural market situations.

Prerequisites: MRKT 210, IBUS 380

This course examines cross-cultural differences in business practices. Among the topics covered are the differences in management styles, multiculturalism, international negotiations, as well as international human resource issues, social responsibility and ethics in a global context, international labor relations, cultural synergy and multicultural teams.

Prerequisites: none

International finance functions in a corporation include currency issues, investment, financial markets interacting, raising debt and equity, and export financing.

Prerequisites: IBUS 380 

Provides knowledge and documentary skills in managing and implementing the export operations of firms engaged in international trade.

Prerequisites: IBUS 380 

A capstone course for students majoring in international business designed to analyze and integrate the various international business management decisions.

Prerequisites: IBUS 428, IBUS 448, IBUS 469 (select 2 out of the 3 courses)

Major Restricted Electives

Choose two courses from one of the following business functional areas (Marketing, Finance, or Management) - Choose 6 Credit(s). Option A: Marketing

The course is designed to provide basic human motivation theories, and develop persuasive communications strategies and applications necessary in the field of professional selling. The course takes a hands-on approach to professional selling techniques with the use of sales presentations, sales manuals, and exams.

Prerequisites: MRKT 210

Students will learn about consumer decision styles, perceptions, group influences, family decision-making, lifestyles, shopping behaviors and domestic and international trends related to marketing strategies. The framework consists of individual or group projects, usually requiring some personal interviewing, exams, and reports.

Prerequisites: none

Integrated Marketing Communications provide an understanding of the elements of the marketing communications mix ¿ advertising, public relations, personal selling, sales promotion and corporate sponsorship ¿ through traditional and digital media.

Prerequisites: MRKT 210

In this course, students will examine the role of research in decision making and the basics of scientific research, including the preparation of research proposals, design of data collection instruments, data analysis, interpretation, and reporting.

Prerequisites: ECON 207, MRKT 210

A study of how supply chain management impacts all processes of the firm and its many trading partners. The supply chain management foundation elements of purchasing, operations, logistics, and integration are examined to show how a firm can improve its competitive position by employing these important foundation elements.

Prerequisites: none

This course is an examination of the role of digital technology, such as the Internet and social media platforms, in contemporary marketing strategy and its impact on business decision making and consumer behavior.

Prerequisites: MRKT 210

This course involves studying the role of the general sales manager, the functions of sales management within overall marketing strategy, and the development of analytical decision skills necessary to plan, manage, and control the sales force.

Prerequisites: MRKT 210

Choose 6 Credit(s). Option B: Finance

Emphasizes product and service costing, including job order and process costing systems. Other related topics are budgeting, pricing, cost-volume-profit analysis, standards and variance analysis. Prereq: ACCT 210 with grade of C or better Fall, Spring

Prerequisites: ACCT 200 or ACCT 210 

Formulation of investment policy of individuals and institutions, factors influencing the values of securities, and techniques of portfolio selection and management.

Prerequisites: FINA 362 

Applications of financial principles and analytical tools through the use of case studies and problems from local businesses.

Prerequisites: FINA 362 

Tools and techniques to aid in individual and institutional portfolio management.

Prerequisites: FINA 362 and FINA 460 

Introduction to money and capital markets, instruments and institutions. Consideration of the management problems of financial institutions.

Prerequisites: FINA 362 

Examination of the fundamentals of the insurance industry; the risk management process; and commercial insurance exposures and policies including commercial property, general liability, and workers' compensation.

Prerequisites: none

Choose 6 Credit(s). Option C: Management

This course is designed to develop a students personal creativity and help a student identify the process of organizational innovation. The course is comprised of a combination of short lecture, in-class discussion of readings and videos, writing assignments, an elevator pitch and group activities.

Prerequisites: none

This course examines the effective management of the human resources of organizations. Topics include analyzing jobs and writing job descriptions; recruiting and hiring of applicants; complying with employment law; managing promotions, quits, and layoffs; employee training and development; evaluating job performance; determining compensation; and managing human resources in a unionized environment.

Prerequisites: none

Concepts, theories, and empirical research on organizational behavior are studied. Models and tools for diagnosing situations, individual behavior, group behavior, intergroup conflicts, supervisory problems and organizational change are analyzed.

Prerequisites: none

Students learn how to hire the best talent available using sound professional methods. Students design and present legally defensible recruiting and screening techniques for jobs they have analyzed.

Prerequisites: MGMT 340 

The course is an active learning course where students are immersed in the process of starting a new enterprise. In managing their entrepreneurial projects, students conceptualize and develop business plans that include self-assessment, industry and market analyses, a marketing plan, human resource management, and financial analyses and projections. Students have contact with business professionals and entrepreneurs via field trips, guest speakers, and entrepreneurial networking events.

Prerequisites: none

This course is designed to prepare students to design and develop personal computer based information systems for management control and decision making using end-user software including spreadsheets and data base management systems. Students will design and develop several information systems as group projects.

Prerequisites: MGMT 230, MGMT 300

Major Unrestricted Electives

Choose 3 - 4 Credit(s).

The economic rationale for interregional trade: emphasis on current problems.

Prerequisites: ECON 201 and ECON 202 

Grammar review, oral practice, written composition and development of reading and listening skills within a cultural context. Prereq: FREN 201 or equivalent

Prerequisites: FREN 201 or equivalent 

Goal Areas: GE-08

Cultural aspects of interactions between people and their environment focusing on spatial patterns of population, agriculture, politics, language, religion, industrialization, and urbanization. Emphasis is placed on the processes that create the cultural landscape and on management of land and natural resources.

Prerequisites: none

Goal Areas: GE-05, GE-08

Diverse Cultures: Purple

Differences and similarities in the cultural and natural environments by the world's major regions. Useful survey of world geography for educators and international relations students

Prerequisites: none

Diverse Cultures: Purple

Prereq: GER 201 or equivalent

Prerequisites: GER 201 or equivalent 

Goal Areas: GE-08

Study tours are led by Minnesota State University, Mankato faculty and provide students with opportunities to visit companies and attend lectures by renowned experts from key sectors of economy, government, and business.

Prerequisites: none

Supervised experience in business, industry, state or federal institutions. Taken for grade only.

Prerequisites: Consent 

Individual study of special topics.

Prerequisites: Consent 

An introduction to the dynamics of interactions among sovereign states and other global actors.

Prerequisites: none

This course is designed to acquaint undergraduates with the data and methods of comparative politics. Approaches to the study of comparative politics may include country studies, regional studies, global surveys focusing on specific policy areas or other issues, and general comparative theory.

Prerequisites: none

A review of the fundamentals of grammar, practice in written and oral expression, development of listening and reading skills, brief cultural components. Prereq: One year university level Spanish or equivalent

Prerequisites: one year university level Spanish or equivalent 

Goal Areas: GE-08

4-Year Plan

The 4-Year Plan is a model for completing your degree in a timely manner. Your individual 4-Year plan may change based on a number of variables including transfer courses and the semester/year you start your major. Carefully work with your academic advisors to devise your own unique plan.
* Please meet with your advisor on appropriate course selection to meet your educational and degree goals.

First Year

Fall - 16 Credits

Introduction to the personal computer as a productivity tool for business majors. Using Microsoft Office suite, students learn to be productive with document processing, spreadsheets, electronic presentations, and databases. Cannot be used toward any major or minor in Information Systems & Information Technology.Fall, Spring

Prerequisites: none

This course develops concepts and skills in algebra and introductory calculus needed to model applications in business, economics, social sciences and life sciences, using polynomials, exponentials, logarithms, linear systems, linear programming, sequences, series, derivatives and integrals.

Prerequisites: Satisfy Placement Table in this section, or grade of “C” (2.0) or better in either MATH 112 or MATH 115.

Goal Areas: GE-04

General Education Course * 3 credits

General Education Course * 3 credits

General Education Course * 3 credits

Spring - 14 Credits

The accounting process, financial statement preparation, and analysis. Includes the accounting cycle, asset, liability and equity accounting. Emphasis on use of accounting data.

Prerequisites: MATH 112, MAT 115, MATH 121, MATH 130, or MATH 181. MIS majors take COMS 110.

Emphasis on forces influencing employment and inflation. Current problems of the economy are stressed along with tools government has to cope with them.

Prerequisites: none

Goal Areas: GE-05

This course is required for admission to the College of Business for all business majors. The purpose of the course is to provide students with an overview of COB majors, allow students to create an academic plan for graduation, and develop professional skills needed for future job placement. Topics include cover letter and resume writing, interviewing skills, the process of networking, the internship program, etiquette skills, and requirements for graduation.

Prerequisites: none

General Education Course * 3 credits

General Education Course * 3 credits

Second Year

Fall - 15 Credits

This course provides a basic understanding of marketing concepts with emphasis on the pricing, promotion, and distribution of need satisfying products and services in domestic and international markets. The format of the course consists of lectures, case discussions, application exercises, projects, exams, and in-class group assignments.

Prerequisites: none

This course examines basic management concepts and principles, their historical development, and their application to modern organizations. Topics covered include planning, organizing, decision making, leadership, control, and organizational change. In addition, the course includes an introduction to business ethics and social responsibility, human resource management, organizational design and organizational behavior.

Prerequisites: none

An introduction to finance relating to problems, methods, and policies in financing business enterprise.

Prerequisites: ACCT 200, Jr. Standing

BUS 397 is an applied course that entails developing, launching, managing, and closing a business with the cohort of students enrolled in the class. Students write and present a business plan as they seek financing for their start-up company. The business start-up experience creates a real-world context in which students can practice the concepts introduced in MGMT 330, MRKT 310, and FINA 362. BUS 397 is part of the United Prairie Bank Integrated Business Experience, and students must enroll concurrently in BUS 397 and sections of FINA 362, MGMT 330, and MRKT 310 that are designated for IBE students.

Prerequisites: Must be admitted to a major.

General Education Course * 3 credits

Spring - 15 Credits

Examines decision making by the individual firm, the determination of prices and wages, and current problems facing business firms.

Prerequisites: none

Goal Areas: GE-05

Basic statistical methods including measures of central tendency and dispersion, probability, probability distributions, sampling, problems of estimation and hypothesis testing in the case of one and two sample meaans and proportions. Chi-Square, one-way analysis of variance, simple regression and correlation analysis, and brief introduction to multiple regression analysis. Use of computer statistical packages required.

Prerequisites: MATH 112 or equivalent

Goal Areas: GE-02, GE-04

Preparation and analysis of cost-based management reports: use of cost information to make short-term operating decisions and long-term capital decisions.

Prerequisites: ACCT 200

International dimensions of business: global business environment (economic, cultural, legal, political) and international business functions (management, marketing, finance, exporting, importing). Junior standing

Prerequisites: Junior Standing 

Other Graduation Requirements Course * 2 credits

Third Year

Fall - 15 Credits

Application of law to business settings; the American court system; alternative dispute resolution; ethics and the social responsibility of business; fundamentals of legal reasoning; sources of law; constitutional, criminal, tort, and contract law; business associations.

Prerequisites: none

This course is designed to introduce students to the Management Information Systems and its application in organizations. The course will present to the students the information systems role to support the various managerial activities, and to help the students identify and evaluate various options in Management Information Systems.

Prerequisites: ISYS 101 or IT 101

Managerial approach to marketing decision making in multicultural market situations.

Prerequisites: MRKT 210, IBUS 380

This course examines cross-cultural differences in business practices. Among the topics covered are the differences in management styles, multiculturalism, international negotiations, as well as international human resource issues, social responsibility and ethics in a global context, international labor relations, cultural synergy and multicultural teams.

Prerequisites: none

Required General Education Course * 3 credits

Spring - 15 Credits

This course engages students in the study of the operations management function in manufacturing and service organizations. Students learn how to apply the basic analytical models to operation decisions involving topics such as scheduling, production technology, inventory management, quality assurance, just-in-time production, and others.

Prerequisites: ECON 207 

International finance functions in a corporation include currency issues, investment, financial markets interacting, raising debt and equity, and export financing.

Prerequisites: IBUS 380 

Provides knowledge and documentary skills in managing and implementing the export operations of firms engaged in international trade.

Prerequisites: IBUS 380 

Course in Emphasis * 3 credits

General Education Course * 3 credits

Fourth Year

Fall - 15 Credits

Topics on current developments in international business, technology, and legislation.

Prerequisites: IBUS 380 

MGMT 481 is an integrative course for COB majors. Its emphasis is on understanding the role of a general manager, which should include an operations and international component.

Prerequisites: FINA 362, MGMT 210, MGMT, 230, MGMT 346.

Elective Course in Major * 3 credits

General Education Course * 3 credits

Other Graduation Requirements Course * 3 credits

Spring - 15 Credits

A capstone course for students majoring in international business designed to analyze and integrate the various international business management decisions.

Prerequisites: IBUS 428, IBUS 448, IBUS 469 (select 2 out of the 3 courses)

Course in Emphasis * 3 credits

General Education Course * 3 credits

Other Graduation Requirements Course * 3 credits

Other Graduation Requirements Course * 3 credits