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College of Business Administration
Department of Management and Information Systems

A432 Business Administration Building
Tel: 330-672-1140

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.

Admission Requirement:

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

Graduation Requirement:

  • Minimum 2.500 GPA (including all attempts in 30000-40000 level courses) is required in the minor courses.

Attribute 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.

Attribute 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 ECON 22061 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
  FIN 36053 Business Finance 3
  MKTG 25010 Principles of Marketing 3
Minor Electives: choose from the following 3
  ECON 42075 International Economic Relations (3)  
  FIN 46064 International Business Finance (3)  
  MKTG 45060 International Marketing (3)  
Global Business Experience (study abroad, internship abroad or global internship)
If the student has taken at least one business course while studying abroad and also took other courses abroad that are counting elsewhere in his/her program, the student should discuss another alternative to meet this requirement with the Director of International Programs.
For study abroad, choose from the following:  
  ACCT 43087 International Accounting Experience (3)  
  BUS 30187 International Business Experience (3)  
  ECON 42187 International Economic Experience (3)  
  FIN 46087 International Finance Experience (3)  
  MIS 44187 International Emerging Enterprises and Markets (3)  
  MKTG 45187 International Experience in Marketing (3)  


Program Policies:

  • To earn a College of Business Administration minor, students must complete at least 50 percent of the total required credit hours for the minor at Kent State University, at least 6 credit hours in the minor must be at the upper division (30-40000 level), and at least 6 credit hours in the minor must be different from courses in the student's major and minor(s). Students may not pursue a minor and major in the same discipline.
  • 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.
  • Satisfaction of all course prerequisites is required.