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OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2021-22 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2021-22 [Archived Catalog]

International Business Major (B.B.A.)

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Major code BB6132

College of Business  
Copeland Hall 214
Athens, OH 45701
Phone:  740.593.2042

Mike Geringer, contact person

Program Overview

In today’s global economy, all businesses–whether large or small–are affected by international competitors and global events. Success in the global marketplace will depend on the capabilities of managers to understand the structures and processes that underlie international business, and who develop the skills and attitudes consistent with leading and managing teams and organizations within complex, multicultural contexts. The international business major is designed to provide this understanding and to develop the requisite competencies of global business leaders.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Change of Program Policy

No selective or limited admission requirements.

External Transfer Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

Graduates of the international business major are prepared to accept international assignments that arise during their early career path in their primary field of study, as well as to pursue domestic postings that involve a range of international and cross-cultural dimensions. These can include positions involving such activities as exporting and importing, international supply chain management, human resource management, international marketing and sales, international market analysis and entry, management of international projects and virtual team environments, and work involving a range of governmental or nongovernmental organizations.


Major Hours Requirement

The international business major requires a minimum of 120 hours.

Universitywide Graduation Requirements

To complete this program, students must meet all Universitywide graduation requirements .

College-Level Requirements for the College of Business

View the College-Level Requirements for the College of Business.  

International Business Program Requirements

Complete all of the requirements listed below, some of which may be completed as a part of the College’s Global Requirement:

  • Fluency in a second language at a conversational level or above (for example, satisfactory completion of language instruction through the 2120 level). This requirement may be waived for students who can demonstrate pre-existing bilingual fluency.
  • Completion of at least two international immersion experiences (e.g., study abroad, international internship, Global Consulting Project) or one international experience of substantial length and/or scope (e.g., two-semester study abroad). At least one of the international immersion experiences must be at least 6 to 10 weeks in length. This requirement may be waived for students from another country who are studying at Ohio University as international students.

Internation Business Area of Emphasis

Complete one of the following tracks:

International Marketing Track

International Finance and Trade Track

International Entrepreneurship Track

Complete the following courses:

College of Business (COB) Requirements

Business Cluster Requirements

Complete the following courses:

Non-Business Required Hours

Every COB major must complete a minimum of 30 hours of classwork outside of the College of Business. The remaining hours consist of elective classes taken outside of the College of Business.

Individual Non-Business Required Courses

Complete the following courses:

Cultural Perspectives

Cultural Perspectives courses prepare you for active participation in multicultural business contexts in the US and globally. Through these courses, you will learn cultural self-awareness, cultural frameworks, empathy, communications, curiosity, and openness.  

B.B.A. candidates are required to complete a minimum of six total credit hours of coursework designated as:

  • BRICKS Intercultural Explorations and/or
  • BRICKS Diversity & Practice

Students who complete one of the following College of Business international experience programs will fulfill the Cultural Perspectives requirement:

  • Global Consulting Program
  • Ohio International Consulting Program

Ethical Perspectives

Ethical Perspectives courses prepare you to make difficult decisions when ethical considerations are involved and when the answers are not straightforward. Through these courses, you will learn to recognize and evaluate ethical issues and use ethical self-awareness, perspectives, and concepts to make ethical decisions.

B.B.A. candidates are required to complete a minimum of four total credit hours of coursework designated as BRICKS Ethics & Reasoning.

Internship Requirement

Complete 1 hour of internship credit from the following:

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