International Business Program

Donald W. Reynolds Center, Room 205, (501) 569-3484, (501) 569-7021 (fax), Website,

Program Coordinator:
Geissler, Gary, Professor

Elder, Erick M.
Terry, H. Andy

Associate Professors:
Funk, Mark
Felan, Joe
Varela, Otmar

Visiting Professor:
Vibhakar, Ashvin

IBUS TripThe International Business major uses an interdisciplinary approach to study the intricacies of the international marketplace. This major focuses on the complexities and interconnections between the world’s markets and cultures. The goal is to prepare students to be managers in the twenty-first century.

A major in international business is valuable for positions with an international context in areas such as finance, purchasing, marketing, production, logistics and planning.

General Information

International Business Educational Objectives

Students completing the international business degree should accomplish the following educational objectives:

  • Understand the nature of international business.
  • Understand the major trends in the international trade and investment patterns between and among the major groups of nations and the theories purporting to explain these patterns.
  • Understand the nature of international organizations such as the United Nations, the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (World Bank), International Monetary Fund, World Trade Organization, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and their effects on business.
  • Understand the major financial, economic/socioeconomic, physical, environmental, socio-cultural, political, legal, labor, competitive, and distributive forces affecting international business.
  • Understand the export and import practices, terminology, and documentation.
  • Understand the functional areas of business economics, marketing, human resources, finance, operations, and control of international business.

Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business

General: (120 total minimum hours, including 45 hours upper-level courses (3000-4000 level) and 30 hours in residence; students must complete at UA Little Rock at least 50 percent of the major department degree requirements and at least 50 percent of all COB courses required for a business degree)

First-Year Colloquium (0-1 hours)

Required of full-time freshmen entering college for the first time and transfer students with less than 12 hours of credit. (See page 36 for details.) BSAD 1100 recommended.

Core (35 hours)

See “General Education Requirements.”

Second Language Proficiency

(Prerequisite courses for intermediate level work required in the degree are not included in the degree hours)

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General-business Courses (21 hours)
      ACCT 2310 Principles of Accounting I
      ACCT 2330 Principles of Accounting II
      ECON 2310 Business Statistics I
      ECON 2322 Principles of Microeconomics
      ECON 2323 Principles of Macroeconomics
      MKTG 2380 Legal Environment of Business
    MATH 1342 Business Calculus
Professional Business Studies Foundation (28 hours)
      Career Catalyst (BSAD 2010, BSAD 4010)
      BINS 3305 Management Information Systems
      BINS 3352 Data Analysis and Visualization
      BINS 3380 Business Communication
      BSAD 3100 Business Professionalism
      ECON 3355 Quantitative Business Analysis
      FINC 3310 Business Finance
      MGMT 3300 Principles of Management
      MGMT 3304 Operations Management
      MGMT 4380 Business Strategy
    MKTG 3350 Principles of Marketing
Emphasis Area (21 hours)
Required International Business Courses

Demonstrate Second Language Proficiency (9 hours):

      Option 1:
      Completion of SPAN 2311, 2315, 3311 or FREN 2311, 2315, 3311 or equivalent foreign language courses. Students may take a placement test (S-CAPE or F-CAPE).
      Option 2:
    For students whose first language in not English, completion of RHET 1311, RHET 1312, and one of ENGL 2337, ENGL 2338, or PHIL 2320
International Business Required Courses (15 hours):
      ECON 4320 International Economics
      FINC 4330 International Finance
      MGMT 4377 International Management
      MKTG 4320 International Marketing
    IBUS 4316 Field Study in International Business
International Business Electives – one course (3 hours) from:
      ACCT 3311 Intermediate Financial Accounting I
      ACCT 4316 International Accounting
      ECON 4355 Applied Econometrics
      FINC 4362 Derivatives
      MKTG 4310 Marketing Research
      MGMT 3320 Human Resources Management
      MGMT 3340 Applied Organizational Behavior
      MGMT 4361 New Venture Creation
      MGMT 4377 International Management
      MGMT 4365 Business Consulting
      MGMT 4378 Global Operations Management
    NOTE: other courses as approved by coordinator
Demonstrate Cultural Awareness (3 hours):
      Option 1,

Available to U.S. Residents:

      FREN 3334 French Culture and Civilization I
      GERM 3334 German Culture and Civilization
      SPAN 3334 Hispanic Culture: Penisular
      SPAN 3335 Hispanic Culture: Americas
      HIST 3317 Twentieth Century Europe
      HIST 3328 Modern France
      HIST 3331 Modern Germany since 1806
      HIST 3372 History of Latin America: Republic Period
      HIST 3375 Modern Mexican History
      HIST 4378 The History of U.S. – Latin American Relations
      POLS 3360 Comparative Government: Western
      POLS 3370 Comparative Politics: Developing Areas
      POLS 4380 International Relations
      NOTE: other courses as approved by coordinator
      Option 2,

Available Only for non-U.S. Resident Students

      HIST 3358 Recent America
      HIST 4350 The United States and the Middle East
      HIST 4354 The New South
      HIST 4364 History of American Enterprise
      HIST 4365 Modern US Culture
      HIST 4378 History of US-Latin American Relations
      POLS 3320 The American Presidency
      POLS 3325 Legislative Process
      POLS 4320 American Foreign Policy
      POLS 4331 International Organizations
      SPCH 4312 Intercultural Communication
    NOTE: Other courses as approved by coordinator
Minor (none required)
Unrestricted General Electives

Remaining hours, if any, to reach 120 minimum total hours, 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and/or 30 hours in residence.

Courses in International Business