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College of Business Administration
Department of Management and Information Systems

Room A432, Business Administration Building
Tel: 330-672-2750
Fax: 330-672-2953

Global business is fast becoming an important part of the U.S. economy. The world that college graduates are facing will essentially be a borderless world. This suggests a need to be trained for employment that will have international implications. Whether students take a major in business, fashion design and merchandising, the hard sciences, English or education, some training in global outreach, cultural diversity and “business cultures” will be necessary. The International Business minor introduces students to cultural issues of a broad, global nature. Students are encouraged to participate in study-abroad programs to complement their studies.

Type Legend: DD Diversity–Domestic; DG Diversity–Global; ELR Experiential Learning; KAD Kent Core Additional; KBS Kent Core Basic Sciences; KCM Kent Core Composition; KFA Kent Core Fine Arts: KHU Kent Core Humanities; KMC Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning; KSS Kent Core Social Sciences; WIC Writing Intensive

Please read the sections in the University Catalog on Kent Core, diversity, writing-intensive and the experiential learning requirements.


Type Course Title Credits
Courses on a single foreign language (or two courses in two foreign languages) or ILR Level One competency as determined by an international business faculty advisor in consultation with the appropriate language faculty member. Generally, this proficiency can be achieved by completion of the Intermediate I level of a foreign language.) 0-11
Required sophomore- and junior-level business core
  ACCT 23020 Financial Accounting 3
  BUS 30234 International Business 3
KSS ECON 22060 Principles of Microeconomics 3
KSS   22061 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
  FIN 36053 Business Finance 3
  MKTG 25010 Principles of Marketing 3
Major Electives-choose from the following: 3
  ECON 42075 International Economic Relations (3)  
  FIN 46064 International Business Finance (3)  
  MKTG 45060 International Marketing (3)  
Electives-choose one from the following: 3
  International Study Abroad Experience  
  A second foreign language  
  MCLS 20000 Global Literacy and Cultural Awareness (3)  
TOTAL 24-35


Requirement to declare the international business minor:

  • Minimum 2.500 cumulative GPA; or if new freshman, no established GPA is required.

Requirement to graduate with the international business minor:

  • Minimum 2.500 GPA (including all attempts in 30-40000 level courses) is required in the minor courses.


  1. To earn a College of Business Administration minor, students must complete at least two courses in the minor at Kent State University on a graded basis. At least one of these courses must be at the upper-division (30000 or 40000) level.
  2. Students with an interest in this minor are encouraged to take as their social science Kent Core at least one of the following courses: GEOG 17063 World Geography, POL 10004 Comparative Politics and/or POL 10500 World Politics.
  3. Satisfaction of all course prerequisites is required.