The international business major is designed to prepare students for careers in international business. The major integrates international business topics and theories with other functional areas of business and will serve to develop students’ foreign language skills; to develop their understanding of global, cultural, and political issues; and provide the experience of living in another culture.

Learning Goals and Objectives for International Business Majors

Learning Goal 1: Graduates will have proficient knowledge of international business concepts.

  1. Graduates will demonstrate knowledge of international business.
  2. Graduates will demonstrate knowledge of international business strategies.
  3. Graduates will explain the impacts of the international business environment and its complexities.

Learning Goal 2: Graduates will have proficient analytic skills.

  1. Graduates will use technology to construct meaningful information from data.
  2. Graduates will utilize real-life examples to develop thought processes and analytical skills essential to a global mindset.

Learning Goal 3: Graduates will be effective communicators.

  1. Graduates will proficiently communicate in writing the findings of international business analyses.
  2. Graduates will proficiently communicate verbally the findings of international business analyses.

Assessment of educational outcomes will be the responsibility of the faculty teaching courses in the international business curriculum. Methods used to assess the outcomes will include examinations, quizzes, oral presentations, written assignments, and projects.

Requirements for the B.B.A. in International Business

Core Curriculum60
Core Curriculum Areas A-E (See VSU Core Curriculum) 142
Area F Requirements 218
Applied Business Statistics
Fundamentals of Computer Applications
and The Environment of Business
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Accounting I
and Principles of Accounting II
International Business Major Curriculum60
Required Senior College Core 2
BUSA 3450Management Information Systems3
DATA 3100Introduction to Data Analytics3
DATA 3200Data Visualizations and Analytics3
FIN 3350Financial Management3
MKTG 3050Introduction to Marketing3
MGNT 3250Management and Organization Behavior3
BUSA 4900Business Policy3
International Option--select one of the following:3
International Economics
Multinational Corporate Finance
Introduction to International Business
International Management
International Marketing
Professional Growth
BUSA 2999Career Development0
BUSA 3999Experiential Learning0
BUSA 4999Career Path0
Required International Business Core 2
IB 3000Introduction to International Business3
IB 4900International Business Capstone3
Take the three courses from the following not taken above for the International Option:9
International Economics
Multinational Corporate Finance
International Marketing
International Management
Required Business Concentration 29
Select an area of concentration from ACCT, ECON, FIN, MGNT, or MKTG. In the chosen area, select any three 3000- or 4000-level courses not required above.
Required Foreign Language 29
These 9 hours are in addition to the 3 hours required in Area C. All foreign language courses must be from the same language, through at least the 2002 level, with a grade of "C" or better. With approval, students proficient in a foreign language may instead choose from the Cross-Cultural Studies courses or any 3000- or 4000-level business course not taken above.
General Elective3
Elective may consist of business or non-business course.
Required International Experience0
With approval, this requirement can be met with the Summer Study Abroad Program, semester exchange, international internship, internationally oriented service learning opportunity, or foreign living or working experience. If the student completes the required international experience with an international internship, a study abroad, or an international service opportunity, it will fulfill the BUSA 3999 requirement.
Total hours required for the degree120

Accelerated Undergraduate-to-Graduate Track

Contingent upon acceptance in to the Accelerated Undergraduate-to-Graduate Track, students wishing to pursue a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) or a Master of Accountancy (M.Acc.) at Valdosta State University may take up to 9 semester hours of graduate-level coursework (courses numbered 5000 or above) that will count toward Business electives for their major or toward general electives for the undergraduate degree.

Acceptance in to the Accelerated track requires:

1.  written notification by an LCOBA professional advisor from the Student Engagement Center to the LCOBA Director of Graduate Programs of her/his

willingness to serve as the student's Accelerated Undergraduate-to-Graduate Track advisor.

2.  completion of 75 credit hours of undergraduate coursework: 

a.  at least 15 hours must be LCOBA courses, with at least a 3.0 GPA for those LCOBA credits; and

b.  a grade of “C” or better must be earned in each of those LCOBA courses.

3.  an overall GPA in undergraduate course work of at least 3.0.

Graduate courses taken as an undergraduate will count toward the 120-hour graduation requirement but will not count toward the student’s undergraduate GPA or the calculation of academic honors.

Upon acceptance into the Accelerated Undergraduate-to-Graduate Track in the M.B.A. or M.Acc., students must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 to remain in good standing. Students who do not maintain good standing or who do not wish to continue with the Accelerated Undergraduate-to-Graduate Track may revert to their original track to complete the remaining requirements for their undergraduate business degree (B.B.A.).