International Business Courses

International Business: I B

Lower-Division Courses

Upper-Division Courses

I B 320F. Foundations of International Business.

Restricted to non-McCombs School of Business majors. Fundamentals of international trade and the international economy; international dimensions of several functional areas of business, including management, marketing, finance, and human resource management; theoretical, institutional, and functional foundations of international business. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. May not be counted toward the Bachelor of Business Administration degree. Only one of the following courses may be counted: Economics 339K, European Studies 348 (Topic 2: International Trade), International Business 320F, 350, 350S. Prerequisite: Forty-five semester hours of college coursework.

I B 137C. Introduction to Management in a Global Environment.

Same as Management 137C. Restricted to students pursuing the global management minor. Develops students' skills in recognizing cultural tendencies, both in themselves and in new geographic locations; introduces observation and reflection techniques to maximize learning while abroad. Course must be taken before participation in the international experience component required by the Global Management Certificate. One lecture hour a week for one semester. International Business 137C and Management 137C may not both be counted. Offered on the letter-grade basis only.

I B 237D. Global Management Capstone.

Same as Management 237D. Restricted to students pursuing the global management minor. Develops students' ability to process and articulate learning from intercultural experience; develops skills in applying knowledge and strategies gained in one region/country to new cultural and geopolitical contexts. Two lecture hours a week for one semester. Management 237D and International Business 237D may not both be counted. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Management 137C or International Business 137C, completion of required international experience component of the Global Management Minor, and consent of instructor.

I B 140S, 240S, 340S, 440S, 540S, 640S, 740S, 840S, 940S. Topics in International Business.

This course is used to record credit the student earns while enrolled at another institution in a program administered by the University's Study Abroad Office or the school's BBA Exchange Programs. Credit is recorded as assigned by the study abroad adviser in the Department of Marketing. University credit is awarded for work in an exchange program; it may be counted a coursework taken in residence. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

I B 350. International Trade.

Same as European Studies 348 (Topic 2). Study of the principles, policies, and problems of the international exchange of goods and investments. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Only one of the following may be counted: Economics 339K, European Studies 348 (Topic 2), International Business 320F, 350, 350S. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

I B 350S. International Commerce Analysis.

Study of the principles, policies, and problems of the international exchange of goods and investments. This course is used for classes taken on an approved study abroad program with the content equivalent of International Business 350. The equivalent of three lecture hours a week for one semester. Only one of the following may be counted: Economics 339K, European Studies 348 (Topic 2), International Business 320F, 350, 350S. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor.

I B 151S. Independent International Analysis.

Restricted to students in a business major. Country analysis by independent study. Designed for marketing majors who participate on a McCombs summer faculty led program. Conference course. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Credit or registration for International Business 350S; and approval from the BBA Program Office before the first meeting of the course.

I B 362. Global Regulatory Strategy.

Examine management of a firm in a rapidly evolving regulatory environment across the world as new technology reshapes social norms, legal rules, and society itself. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

I B 365. Finance and Global Business.

Examine investments across sectors and countries in the face of a rapidly evolving world. Explore micro-investing to build a framework for analyzing different sectors across countries and how it applies to different countries around the world. Investigate macro-investing to develop a broader understanding of how financial markets work in different countries. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

I B 366. International Accounting and Transfer Pricing.

Same as Accounting 366C. Discover how to price transactions between subsidiaries of multinational corporations buying and selling goods, services, intellectual property and other assets in light of tax obligations and other considerations. Three lecture hours a week for one semester Accounting 366C and International Business 366 may not both be counted. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

I B 366P. International Business Practicum.

Restricted to international business majors or students pursuing the international business minor. Apply skills learned in International Business courses through group projects conducted in a professional setting. Work with a private or public enterprise. The equivalent of three lecture hours a week for one semester. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing; completion of forty-five semester hours of coursework, International Business 350, and consent of instructor.

I B 367. Strategic Supply Chain Management.

Same as Operations Management 367. Restricted to students in a business major. Management of manufacturing process technology in international competition. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. International Business 367 and Operations Management 367 may not both be counted. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Operations Management 334M, 235, or 235H with a grade of at least C-; Operations Management 338; and credit or registration for Operations Management 368.

I B 368. Global Value Chains.

Investigate problems that complicate the operation of supply chains on a global scale, such as political risk. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

I B 172, 272, 372. Seminar in International Business.

For each semester hour of credit earned, one lecture hour a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing; additional prerequisites vary with the topic.

Topic 1: International Marketing.
Topic 3: Managing the Global Corporation.
Topic 4: Competing with the Japanese.
Topic 5: Business in Latin America.
Topic 6: Business German. German 356W and International Business 172 (Topic 6), 272 (Topic 6), 372 (Topic 6) may not both be counted. Additional prerequisite: German 312K or 312V with a grade of at least C-, or appropriate score on the placement test.
Topic 7: Advanced Business German. Designed for students who have taken German 328. Taught in German. Normally meets with German 336W. German 336W and International Business 172 (Topic 7), 272 (Topic 7), 372 (Topic 7) may not both be counted. May be counted toward the international business elective requirement. Additional prerequisite: Three courses beyond German 506, or equivalent credit on the placement test.
Topic 8: Business Spanish. International Business 172 (Topic 8), 272 (Topic 8), 372 (Topic 8) and Mexican American Studies 350 may not both be counted. Additional prerequisite: Spanish 327G.
Topic 9: Business French. Taught in French. Additional prerequisite: French 320E and one additional upper-division French course, or consent of instructor.
Topic 10: Exporting for Entrepreneurs. Practicum-based course exploring the challenges associated with developing an export strategy for an existing start-up and/or small business. Covers topics surrounding export management as well as how business functions are impacted by a desire to export. International Business 372.10 and 372 (Topic: Exporting for Entrepreneurs) may not both be counted.
Topic 11: Global Entrepreneurship. A practical guide to starting, managing and exiting a business in a global context. Aspects of global entrepreneurship including opportunity analysis, business planning, fundraising, competing in a global marketplace, and managing through crisis explored through practical experience and real-world examples. International Business 372 (Topic: Global Entrepreneurship) and 172, 272, 372 (Topic 11) may not both be counted.
Topic 12: Intercultural Management. Provide a conceptual framework and specific tools for interacting successfully in international teams, negotiations, and partnerships. Discuss cultural patterns characteristic of world regions and particular countries in terms of their implications for corporate management. Only one of the following may be counted: Management 337 (Topic: Intercultural Management), 137, 237, 337 (Topic 3), and International Business 372 (Topic 12).

I B 373. Business in Emerging Markets.

Same as Latin American Studies 322 (Topic 9) and Middle Eastern Studies 341 (Topic 2). Only one of the following may be counted: International Business 372 (Topic 2), 373, Latin American Studies 322 (Topic 9), Middle Eastern Studies 341 (Topic 2). Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

I B 376. International Finance.

Same as Finance 376. Restricted to students in a business major. Explore the international financial environment, with emphasis on the factors affecting exchange rates and how exchange rate changes affect the firm. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Finance 376 and International Business 376 may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Finance 357 or 357H.

I B 378. International Business Operations.

Restricted to students in a business major. Establishment and conduct of international business operations: trade, investments, branch and subsidiary management, intermediary functions; case studies in international enterprise. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing; at least seventy-five semester hours of coursework, including Economics 339K or International Business 350; and credit or registration for one of the following: Accounting 353J, 366P, Business Administration 353, 353H, Finance 353, 366P, Management 347P, 353, 366P, 367P, 369P, Management Information Systems 353, 366P, Marketing 353, 366P, Operations Management 353, 366P.

I B 179C, 379C. Independent Research in International Business.

Restricted to students in a business major. Conference course. Only one of the following may be counted: Accounting 179C, 379C, Business, Government, and Society 179, 379, Finance 179C, 379C, International Business 179C, 379C, Legal Environment of Business 179, 379, Management 179C, 379C, Management Information Systems 179, 379, Marketing 179C, 379C, Operations Management 179, 379, Risk Management 179, 379. Prerequisite: Eighteen semester hours of coursework in business and economics, six of which must be upper-division; International Business 350 with a grade of at least C-; and consent of instructor. A student registering for this course must obtain written approval from the department chair's office, on forms provided for that purpose, before the first meeting of the course.

Graduate Courses

I B 185E, 285E, 385E. Directed Studies in Global Management and Business Practices.

Same as Management 185E. Same as Management 285E. Same as Management 385E. Study global business practices through lectures on campus and trips to international partner schools. The equivalent of one lecture hour a week for one semester. Only one of the following may be counted: International Business 385E, Management 185C and 385E. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

I B 395. Seminar: International Trade.

Study of contemporary topics in international trade and investment theories, policies, and problems. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing; some topics also require consent of instructor.

Topic 1: Global Strategic Management. The changing global business environment and the ways multinational corporations compete in this environment. Case studies and readings, followed by a global management computer simulation. Offered on the letter-grade basis only.
Topic 2: International Trade and Investment. The basis for international trade, foreign exchange determination, balance of payments, and international trade and investment policy. Macro-level aspects of the international economy, which provide the basis for the functioning of the global economy. Offered on the letter-grade basis only.
Topic 3: Global Business Operations. Overview of management in a multinational context, focusing on the multinational corporation; the economic, political, and social environments in which it operates; and its basic managerial concerns with finance, management, marketing, and personnel. Includes an international operations computer simulation. Offered on the letter-grade basis only.
Topic 4: Business in Developing Countries. The traditional challenges to business in developing countries and the new challenges of market liberalization. Similarities and differences among countries and regions. Offered on the letter-grade basis only.
Topic 5: Business in Japan. Comprehensive examination of macro-level and micro-level issues involved in conducting business in Japan and in competing with the Japanese in the global marketplace. Macro-level issues include government industrial policy, interfirm relationships, and United States-Japan trade relationships; micro-level issues include management style, foreign expansion strategy, research and development strategy, and distribution practices. Offered on the letter-grade basis only.
Topic 6: International Marketing Management. An overview of international marketing, with emphasis on the multinational corporation. Subjects include the changing international environment, researching and entering foreign markets, and the marketing mix in international marketing. Offered on the letter-grade basis only.
Topic 7: International Operations and Management. International Business 395 (Topic: Internatl Operations and Mgmt) and 395 (Topic 7) may not both be counted. Offered on the letter-grade basis only.

Professional Courses