Professors: S. O. Long, J. H. Martin (Co-Director), P. R. Murphy, Jr., W. O. Simmons; Associate Professors: L. R. Cima, E. M. DeZolt, B. Z. Hull, S. K. Kahai; Assistant Professors: L. G. Ferri (Co-Director), Y. Gao, S. B. Moore

International business deals with the challenge of solving economic and business problems within international contexts. The International Business with Language and Culture (IBLC) major prepares students to meet this challenge. It seeks to develop the ability to lead and to serve in the global business environment. Specifically, students completing the requirements for the major will acquire:

  1. Proficiency in a second language and culture.
  2. An understanding of, appreciation for, and sensitivity to, cultural variations in behaviors and values.
  3. The ability to analyze international business contexts (e.g., markets, financial arrangements, currencies, transactions).
  4. The ability to analyze change, risk, and uncertainty, and how change will affect the performance of people, products, and organizations across cultures.
  5. The ability to adapt to different cultures and the flexibility to solve problems in an organization in a different cultural milieu.

Becoming men and women for others through global engagement is fundamental to the mission of John Carroll University. The interdisciplinary major in international business that includes language and culture studies is an excellent way to develop that sense of global engagement.

In business, language fluency and expertise in culture are no longer simply an attractive competencies, but instead critical for leadership in organizations. Most literature in international business indicates that, in an increasingly competitive world economy, a proficiency in languages other than English is crucial to obtaining competence in dealing with commerce, politics, and society. In today’s competitive world, fluency in both language and culture is essential to excel in global markets.

The overall purpose of the proposed IBLC major is to prepare students for challenges confronting organizations in international settings. Because of the international aspect of the environment, these challenges create a need to understand change and uncertainty in ways that go far beyond typical non-international business challenges. In a global economy, the ability to solve problems across international boundaries can mean the difference between success and failure in leadership.

Combining language and culture with business produces students who are well prepared for the unique challenges and problems encountered in international business through both curricular and experiential activities. The IBLC major gives

students opportunities to engage in the global business environment in a culturally literate and professional manner. It prepares them for a variety of careers in business and also provides excellent background for graduate studies in programs such as law, policy studies, and business.

Major and Minor Requirements


Major in International Business with Language and Culture:
In addition to 57 credit hours of University core, a total of 60-78 credit hours as described below.

Language and Culture: 0-18 credit hours. Proficiency in a second language typically demonstrated by satisfactorily completing the 301-302 series of language classes is required. This may add up to 12 additional hours of language courses depending on the student’s language preparation prior to coming to John Carroll. Six credit hours of country-specific culture classes are also required. The country-specific classes may be counted toward University Core requirements. See IB-designated core courses listed on each semester’s schedule of classes.

Business Core: 39 credit hours, including MN 461.

Major Courses: 21 credit hours. IB 301, IB 302, IB 303, IB 495 plus three pre-approved international business courses to be taken during the student’s semester abroad. In addition, IB 490 (0 credit) and IB 491 (0 credit) must be completed for the internship requirements of the program.

Experiential Requirements: This major requires a study-abroad semester in a country of the student’s language of study, typically done during the spring semester of the junior year. Students must apply through the Center for Global Education by the March prior to the academic year of study abroad. The student is also required to engage in two internships: first, with an organization in the study-abroad country (or another country that uses the student’s language of study); second, with an organization in the U.S. that conducts business in that country.

301. CULTURE AND CHANGE 3 cr. Prerequisites: SC 101 or SC 245 and EC 201-202. Uses a historical and behavioral lens to analyze how culture can affect economic, social, political, and organizational change, and how these changes can affect different cultures. Major historical changes and their consequences in shaping culture are explored and related to contemporary societies. Team-taught by an instructor from the College of Arts and Sciences and an instructor from the Boler School of Business. Students should take this course in the fall semester of their junior year.

302. INTERNATIONAL TRANSACTION INSTRUMENTS AND PROCESSES 3 cr. Prerequisite: FN 312. Covers the financial and logistical aspects of international transactions. Team-taught by an instructor from the Department of Economics and Finance and an executive from industry with experience in international finance or logistics. Students should take this course in their senior year.

303. UNDERSTANDING INTERNATIONAL MARKETS 3 cr. Prerequisite: MK 301. Exploration of the structure of markets and how they vary across international boundaries from an economic and marketing/logistics perspective. Covers regulatory issues that vary across countries and their relationship to market structure. Team-taught by instructors from economics and/or marketing and an executive with experience in international regulatory issues. Students should take this course in their senior year.

304. ISSUES IN INTERNATIONAL ECONOMICS I 3 cr. Prerequisite: determined by study-abroad university. One of the three pre-approved electives to be taken during the student’s required study-abroad semester. The specific course will be titled by the study-abroad university, but will transfer back as this course. Covers fundamental issues in international economics.

305. SPECIAL TOPICS IN INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS I 3 cr. Prerequisite: determined by study-abroad university. One of the three pre-approved electives to be taken during the student’s required study-abroad semester. The specific course will be titled by the study-abroad university, but will transfer back as this course. Covers fundamental issues in international business.

306. ISSUES IN INTERNATIONAL FINANCE I 3 cr. Prerequisite: determined by study-abroad university. One of the three pre-approved electives to be taken during the student’s required study-abroad semester. The specific course will be titled by the study-abroad university, but will transfer back as this course. Covers fundamental issues in international finance.

307. ISSUES IN INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT I 3 cr. Prerequisite: determined by the study-abroad university. One of the three pre-approved electives to be taken during the student’s required study-abroad semester. The specific course will be titled by the study-abroad university, but will transfer back as this course. Covers fundamental issues in international management.

308. ISSUES IN INTERNATIONAL MARKETING I 3 cr. Prerequisite: determined by the study-abroad university. One of the three pre-approved electives to be taken during the student’s required study-abroad semester. The specific course will be titled by the study-abroad university, but will transfer back as this course. Covers fundamental issues in international marketing.

309. ISSUES IN INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS ENVIRONMENTS I 3 cr. Prerequisite: determined by study-abroad university. One of the three pre-approved electives to be taken during the student’s required study-abroad semester. The specific course will be titled by the study-abroad university, but will transfer back as this course. Covers fundamental issues in international business environments.

404. ISSUES IN INTERNATIONAL ECONOMICS II 3 cr. Prerequisite: determined by study-abroad university. One of the three pre-approved electives to be taken during the student’s required study-abroad semester. The specific course will be titled by the study-abroad university, but will transfer back as this course. Covers advanced issues in international economics.

405. SPECIAL TOPICS IN INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS II 3 cr. Prerequisite: determined by study-abroad university. One of the three pre-approved electives to be taken during the student’s required study-abroad semester. The specific course will be titled by the study-abroad university, but will transfer back as this course. Covers advanced issues in international business.

406. ISSUES IN INTERNATIONAL FINANCE II 3 cr. Prerequisite: determined by study-abroad university. One of the three pre-approved electives to be taken during the student’s required study-abroad semester. The specific course will be titled by the study-abroad university, but will transfer back as this course. Covers advanced issues in international finance.

407. ISSUES IN INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT II 3 cr. Prerequisite: determined by study-abroad university. One of the three pre-approved electives to be taken during the student’s required study-abroad semester. The specific course will be titled by the study-abroad university, but will transfer back as this course. Covers advanced issues in international management.

408. ISSUES IN INTERNATIONAL MARKETING II 3 cr. Prerequisite: determined by study-abroad university. One of the three pre-approved electives to be taken during the student’s required study-abroad semester. The specific course will be titled by the study-abroad university, but will transfer back as this course. Covers advanced issues in international marketing.

409. ISSUES IN INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS ENVIRONMENTS II 3 cr. Prerequisite: determined by study-abroad university. One of the three pre-approved electives to be taken during the student’s required study-abroad semester. The specific course will be titled by the study-abroad university, but will transfer back as this course. Covers advanced issues in international business environments.

490. INTERNATIONAL INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE 0 cr. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. A holding number for the required international internship experience in the student’s country of study. Pass/Fail.

491. U.S.-BASED INTERNATIONAL INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE 0 cr. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. A holding number for the student’s required international internship experience in the U.S. Pass/Fail.

494. SEMINAR IN INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS 3 cr. Prerequisite: IB 301 or as announced. Study of contemporary issues in international business not covered in-depth in other courses. Specific topic, method of presentation, and requirements are designated by the seminar leader.

495. BUSINESS PROBLEM SOLVING ACROSS CULTURES 3 cr. Prerequisites: IB 301. The capstone course of the IBLC major. Students are confronted with a series of problems that they solve initially for a company in the U.S., and then for a company abroad. Emphasis is on how the solutions need to change as a function of culture. Team-taught by an instructor from the College of Arts and Sciences and an instructor from the Boler School of Business. Students should take this course in the spring semester of their senior year.

498. INDEPENDENT STUDY 1-3 cr. Prerequisites: 3.0 average in business courses and permission of program director and faculty member. Research project supervised by a faculty member of the Boler School of Business willing to act as advisor. The student selects an aspect of international business, establishes goals, and develops a plan of study. The plan must be approved by the program director and filed with the dean’s office. Consult the program director for guidelines established for such study.