International Business

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Students are provided with a solid foundation in international business principles and concepts that will prepare them for leadership positions in a dynamic and challenging global world. Students will acquire the professional and personal skills not only to succeed in their international business career but also to think creatively, critically, and ethically. Students will learn the importance of working effectively with team members, and will develop social awareness and individual responsibility to actively participate in society.

Mission of AIC’s Business Programs
Mission Statement of AIC’s Business Programs:

The mission of the AIC Business Program is to foster academic excellence and student achievement at both the undergraduate and graduate levels within a supportive community of teachers and learners.

Learning Outcomes for International Business
The following are learning outcomes for successful completion of the international business major. Students will be able to:

  • Students will be able to apply the basic concepts and theories of business.
  • Students will be able to develop a corporate strategy to take their business international.
  • Students will be able to identify the international objectives for a firm.
  • Students will be able to analyze the environmental forces to determine the best country to enter.
  • Students will be able to select the best business model for entering the appropriate country.
  • Students will have the knowledge and skill to operate a firm successfully in a foreign country on a day to day basis.

The School of Business, Arts & Sciences at American International College have received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Accreditation  Council for Business Education (IACBE) located at 11960 Quivira Road, Suite 300, Overland Park, KS 66213.

School of Business Administration Accreditation Status

Report of Outcomes Assessment Results

To see a report of student learning and program assessment please view the International Accreditation Council for Business Education’s Interim Quality Assurance Report.

Graduation Rates

Please view this report to see graduation rates for this program.

The International Business major at AIC prepares students to meet the challenges of a business world that is increasingly global in scope. It’s a major for those who want to better understand how our world is interconnected through finance, marketing, operations and economics.

Gary Lefort, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of International Business

In the classroom. In the workforce.

What You'll Learn

Students will have the professional and personal skills needed to pursue a successful international business career in either the private or public sector.

Future Studies

International business prepares you to enter a number of graduate programs, including those in management, economics, marketing, and business law. You can also pursue an advanced international business degree.

Career Opportunities

Your degree will help open doors in areas as diverse as international marketing, international trade, management analysis, business development and foreign policy advising.

Common Professional Component

All School of Business Administration students must fulfill general education requirements. All School of Business students must take the following introductory business courses:

  • ACC1201 Financial Accounting
  • ACC2210 Managerial Accounting
  • BUS3000 Business Law
  • ECO1401 Macroeconomics
  • ECO1402 Microeconomics
  • FIN2003 Managerial Finance
  • MAT1430 Foundations of Statistics
  • MGT1400 Principles of Management
  • MIS1300 Business Analytics with Excel
  • MKT1450 Principles of Marketing
  • MGT4800 Senior Policy Seminar

Major Requirements

  • FINXXXX Finance Elective
  • IBS1420 Diverse Cultures of the World
  • IBS2650 International Human Resource Management
  • IBS3400 International Economics
  • IBS3410 International Marketing
  • IBS3620 Management of Import/Export Business
  • IBS3820 Global Supply Chain Management and International Negotiations

Choose two of the following courses:

  • IBS4430 International Organization and Administration
  • IBS4889 International Business Capstone Course
  • IBS4899 International Management Internship (note: may be repeated up to 3 times)

And one of the following courses:

  • MGT3201 Business and Society
  • MGT3202 Leadership

Language Requirement: Four course requirement in introductory level and upper level
foreign language

Plus 9 elective credits in any courses

Minor Requirements

  • IBS1400 Introduction to International Business
  • IBS1420 Diverse Cultures of the World

Choose four from the following courses:

  • IBS2650 International Human Resource Management
  • IBS3400 International Economics
  • IBS3410 International Marketing
  • IBS3620 Management of Export/Import Business
  • IBS3820 Global Supply Chain Management and International Negotiations
  • IBS4430 International Organization and Administration
  • IBS4889 International Business Capstone Course

Course Descriptions

Topics include: the basic structure, principles, and practices of accounting; the nature and classification of accounts; the accounting cycle and the preparation of financial statements for both service and merchandising enterprises; design of accounting systems, including special journals and subsidiary ledgers; and coverage of cash, receivables, inventories, deferrals, accruals, plant assets, intangible assets, and current liabilities. Lecture classes and laboratory sessions meet at least four times per week. Laboratory fee.

This course continues the study of basic concepts and principles, as well as accounting for the partnership and corporate forms of business organizations; coverage of plant assets, intangible assets, and current liabilities, long-term liabilities, investments financial statement analysis, and the Statement of Cash Flows. Lecture classes and laboratory sessions meet at least four times per week. Laboratory fee.

This course provides students with the tools and techniques to effectively communicate and present reports and ideas in the business environment. Included in the course is the proper construction of business reports, letters, memos and other communiques. Also included is the proper construction of a business presentation complete with visual aids (presentations tools such as PowerPoint). The course also provides the student with the use of information research techniques to find, analyze, and evaluate published business information and properly cite references. The student is given the opportunity to develop a recommendation to a business scenario and present it both in writing and orally.

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of law and the legal system as these apply to business transactions. Specific topics covered in the course are: contracts, agency, intellectual property rights, negotiable instruments, forms of business ownership, personal property, and real property.

This course is devoted to the study of the fundamental principles and processes of an economic system, with special emphasis on the coordination and control of the United States economy. Emphasis is on the macroeconomic approach.

This course examines individual decision making in various applied economic environments. Areas of application include international trade, market structures, labor markets, and various U. S. institutional environments, both public and private. Basic emphasis is on the microeconomic approach.

This course introduces the student to financial management, with emphasis on the identification and solution of the financial problems facing business enterprises. Basic financial analysis is examined in concert with management of working capital, management of long-term assets, cost of capital, and long-term financing. Basic modern quantitative analytic techniques are used to introduce students to improved forecasting and planning methods.

The course will explain business and management concepts from an international perspective. It will focus on the social, cultural, political, legal, and economic environments that influence international business operations. The course will look at international trade theories, the evolution of regional economic integration arrangements, foreign direct investment, governmental intervention in international trade, and the importance of foreign currency exchange market. Course work will include special research projects and/or case studies for class presentation and discussion.

This course presents numbers, linear equations, linear inequalities, matrix algebra with applications, linear programming, and the simplex method. The course is designed for business administration majors.

This course examines the various tools and techniques used in analyzing quantitative data; including descriptive statistics, probability and random variables, sampling design, theory of estimation and hypothesis testing for parameters of a single population, student ‘t’ and normal distributions. A year of high school algebra is recommended but not required. The course will make active use of technology by requiring the use of computer software.

This course offers an introduction to the principles of management and their application to business. The basic management concepts of planning, organizing, controlling, motivating, communicating, staffing, and leading provide the basis for understanding of the management profession and a basis upon which higher level management courses can build more specialized knowledge.

This meets the requirement as a writing intensive course in the major. This course provides an introduction to information systems from a business point of view. Subjects to be covered include: terminology, a survey of hardware and software, introduction to systems analysis and design, as well as an overview of the college’s computer facilities.

This course is a survey of microcomputers as used in today’s environment. The student will become familiar with current trends and uses of microcomputers as well as hands-on exposure to spreadsheets, databases, word processors, and operating systems. Students will be required to develop applications in each of the software areas.

Marketing is a key activity that enables businesses and organizations to achieve their goals by satisfying the needs of others through mutually beneficial relationships. This course will provide students with an understanding of important marketing theory and practices, including: the marketing concept; the marketing environment; market segmentation, product positioning; product and brand strategies; pricing strategies, marketing communication strategies; distribution strategies; consumer and business buying behavior; and electronic marketing.

This meets the requirement as a writing intensive course in the major. This seminar is designed to provide the student with an opportunity to apply the wide array of knowledge gained through his/her academic program to various real world situations. The student’s knowledge application will be assessed through the analysis of complex business case problems.

The course provides the student with an understanding of the many cultures that make up the world we now live in. Today’s world is a global world made up of people with diverse cultural backgrounds. It is important to recognize cultural sensitivities that exist in every society. Cross-cultural awareness and understanding are critical to meaningful relationships and for success in every walk of life. The course will look at culture, verbal and non-verbal communications, religion, and roles of women, and will include a survey of geographical regions such as North America, Latin America, Asia, Europe, Middle East, and Africa. Emphasis will be placed on the contemporary issues found in today’s international environment.

The course provides an overview of international human resource management. The globalization of business is having a significant impact on human resource management. Decisions have to be made on how to staff international operations; where and how to recruit and select personnel; how to train employees for international assignments and evaluate their performance; what compensation to provide them; how to facilitate the return of international employees to their parent organization; and how to handle international labor relations. The course will include a class project to develop an international human resource operating manual for a multinational enterprise.

The course provides an analysis of economic relationships among countries, including studies of the balance of payments, the international monetary system, governmental adjustment policies, the theory of international trade, and international financial markets. The course will look at international economics from both a micro-and macro-economic perspectives. The course includes research work into recent international monetary issues and trends.

The course will provide the student with an understanding of the pertinent issues in international marketing. The course will explain the international environment (cultural, political, and legal) and the influence it has on marketing goods and services in the global marketplace. The course will look at global marketing strategies; the need for creating global products to meet consumers’ tastes and preferences; pricing strategies for global marketing; global advertising and other promotional strategies; international distribution systems; and assessing global market opportunities. Course work will include special research projects and/or case studies for class presentation and discussion.

The course provides a comprehensive overview of the principles, concepts, and practices involved in the management of the export/import operations of a multinational enterprise. The course will enable the student to develop an in-depth understanding of the mechanics involved in exporting/importing. The course will concentrate on export/import laws and documentation; international sale/purchase agreements; use of intermediaries; payment methods, financing options; and government export/import assistance. The course will include a class project to develop an export/import operating manual for a multinational enterprise. Open to juniors and seniors.

This course is divided into two major topics. The first will address global logistics and supply-chain management. Areas of interest will include international transportation modes, inventory control, packaging, storage, special trade outsourcing, logistics security, internet utilization, and the environment. Emphasis will be placed on the future challenges in managing global logistics and the supply chain. The second will address the principles and concepts involved in negotiating internationally. Areas of interest will include the stages of negotiations, cultural differences, development of business negotiation plans, and contract writing based on negotiation results. The course will include a business negotiations simulation between an American company and a foreign company.

This course provides an analysis of various models of international operations by focusing on the typical structures of doing business on a worldwide basis. Using the case study approach, students will look at the operational integration of various companies. Open to juniors and seniors.

This is a senior-level international business capstone course. The course objective is to provide seniors with a comprehensive course to review their knowledge and understanding of international business theories, concepts, and principles, and their relationship to one another. The student will develop a system-level model of a U. S. manufacturing company entering the international marketplace with the goal of becoming a multinational enterprise. The company will identify a region of the world and a specific country within that region. The U. S. company will go through the various stages of market entry. Collaborative arrangements like joint venture, licensing, and foreign production can be employed in the model. The foreign production operation will be used to market to other countries within the region with the long-term objective of marketing globally. The model will be interactive with submodels, controlled scenarios, and computer simulations to create a real world international business environment.

An essential part of the international management program, three-credit internships will be made available to qualifying students at domestic and international organizations, where students will have the opportunity to experience and practice international business management techniques covered in the curriculum. Each internship will be individually designed in collaboration with the participating organizations.

Current issues of ethics in society as they affect business behavior will be discussed. Topics include the social responsibilities of business, environmental issues, human rights and technological progress, business ethics, and an analysis of global societal values.

Leadership involves change and facing up to difficult decisions and situations. The intent of this course is to give a practical understanding of leadership, its demands, its wide variety of effective styles, and both its positive and negative impacts on organization.

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