International Business Program

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

Program Coordinator:
Gilliam, David, Associate 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. All majors in the department are required to achieve a grade of C or greater in all courses required in their major.

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.”

Major (72-75 hours)
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, 2313, 3313 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