2019-20 Catalogs

BS in Business Administration - Business Management Major with International Business Track

The International Business track in the Business Management major exposes students to the global economy and international business issues. Courses, both within Business and from other departments across campus, prepare students to be future managers who can work in complex social, political, economic and cultural international environments.   Students are encouraged to develop their foreign language skills and, where possible, to travel abroad.

In addition to meeting all University requirements, students must earn a minimum grade of C- in 100-200 level courses, and a C in 300-400 level courses in all Business Core courses applied toward the degree. To ensure that students graduate with a current understanding of their field, upper-level courses taken more than 10 years before the degree is awarded must have Departmental approval for use in the Business Core or the major.

Students may declare or change a major by completing a form available at the Registrar's office. Double majors are possible as long as no more than one course (3 credit hours) applied toward one major is applied toward the second major. Under no circumstances can more than one course (3 credit hours) be double-counted for two program options (e.g., major, minor, track, or concentration) within the School of Business.

Before enrolling in their first School of Business course (ACC, BAN, BUS, FIN, or RMI designations) requiring junior standing, students majoring in a School of Business major must have junior standing (54 credits completed) and a minimum grade point average of 2.33 in USM courses. This minimum GPA requirement supersedes any course-specific GPA requirement lower than 2.33.

Overview of course requirements

  • Core Curriculum (USM requirement)
  • Non-Business Core (School requirement)
  • Business Core (School requirement)
  • Major Requirements
  • General Electives

USM Core Curriculum Requirements

(up to 45 credits, minus credit counted elsewhere) please see USM Core Curriculum section of this catalog for details. School of Business specific Core courses are noted below.

  • Entry Year Experience – EYE required for students entering with fewer than 24 credit hours
  • College Writing
  • Quantitative Reasoning: MAT 210 Business Statistics (credits counted in the non-business core).
  • Creative Expression
  • Socio-cultural Analysis: ECO 101 Macroeconomics (credits counted in the non-business Core)
  • Cultural Interpretation
  • Science Exploration
  • Ethical Inquiry, Social Responsibility, and Citizenship; May be fulfilled with BUS 347 Triple Bottom Line Business
  • Diversity
  • International: May be fulfilled and double counted in the Business Core section by successful completion of BUS 335 International Business or BUS 361 International Marketing.
  • Thematic Cluster or a minor of 15 credits or more or a double major of 15 or more unique credits (Note: The Professional Practices Cluster includes Business Core courses; one of which may be counted in the Business Core and in the Professional Practices Cluster.)
  • Engaged Learning & Capstone: BUS 450 Business Policy and Strategy (credits counted in the Business Core)

Non-business Core Requirements (14-17 credits)

  • Spreadsheet proficiency: demonstrated by passing BUS 195 Spreadsheets and Problem Solving with a grade of C or higher or by successfully passing a School of Business spreadsheet proficiency exam or passing Excel certification. Proficiency must be demonstrated to graduate.
  • ECO 101 Introduction to Macroeconomics
  • ECO 102 Introduction to Microeconomics
  • MAT 108 College Algebra with C- or higher grade (Substitutes include a C- or higher grade in MAT 140 or approved higher level math course or passing a CLEP exam)
  • MAT 210 Business Statistics with C- or higher grade or C- or higher grade in prior credit for MAT 120, or in another approved statistics course (http://usm.maine.edu/sb/stats).   

Business Core Requirements (33 credits)

 A minimum of 50 percent of business core courses must be taken at USM, and the student must achieve a minimum grade in each course (listed below).      

  • ACC 110 Financial Accounting Information for Decision Making (C- or higher)      
  • ACC 211 Managerial Accounting Information for Decision Making (C- or higher)      
  • BUS 260 Marketing (C- or higher)     
  • BUS 280 Legal Environment of Business (C- or higher)      
  • BUS 301 Business Analytics (C or higher)     
  • BUS 340 Managing Organizational Behavior (C or higher)      
  • BUS 345 Information Technology/Management Information Systems (C or higher)      
  • BUS 375 Production/Operations Management (C or higher)      
  • BUS 450 Business Policy and Strategy (C or higher)      
  • FIN 320 Basic Financial Management (C or higher)      
  • Select one of the following international courses:           
    • BUS 361 International Marketing (C or higher)          
    • BUS 382 International Business Law (C or higher)       
    • BUS 388 Launching a Global Social Enterprise (C or higher)   
    • FIN 330 International Financial Management (C or higher)

Major Requirements (15 credits)

At least 50 percent of credit hours applied to the major must be taken at USM. No more than 3 credits of internship can count toward the major. Students must earn a grade point average of 2.33 or higher in the 15 credits applied toward the major.

Required Course: (in addition to the international requirement in the Business Core):
     BUS 335 International Business 

  • Select 6 credits from
         BUS 361 International Marketing
         BUS 382 International Business Law
         BUS 394 Internship in International Business
         ECO 370 International Economics
         FIN 330 International Financial Management
         BUS 336 Approved International Experience (see below)
         BUS 337 Approved International Business Experience (see below)
         Other approved courses. 

     BUS 388 Launching a Global Social Enterprise


Select 6 credits of 300-level or higher ACC, BAN, BUS, FIN, or RMI courses. 

BUS 336 Approved International Experience, and BUS 337 Approved International Business Experience, award credit for educational activity by a student while outside of the U.S. that contributes to the student's understanding of international business and which has been approved by one of the international business faculty members. 

Activities which normally will be approved for credit as BUS 336 include, without limitation: 

  • A course relevant to international business, taken at an educational institution outside the U.S., and qualifying for 3 or more credits when transferred to USM.
  • BUS 490 Independent Study involving a student's activities outside the U.S. (3 cr. min.)
  • A USM course relevant to international business, involving study outside the U.S. and which has 3 or more credits.
  • An international study tour offered by a reputable organization. Courses relevant to international business shall include, without limitation, courses in economics, political science, law, history, geography, culture, and courses that develop skills in languages other than English. BUS 336 may be used either as a course in the International Business Track or as a 300-level or higher BUS course. 

An activity approved for credit as BUS 337 will normally be limited to an upper-level (300-level or higher equivalent at USM) course in a business discipline, including economics and/or law, taken at an educational institution outside the U.S., and qualifying for three or more credits when transferred to USM. Approval for BUS 337 may be denied if the student lacks the necessary foundational course(s) in the relevant discipline. BUS 336 is not a prerequisite for BUS 337. BUS 337 may be used either as a course in the International Business track or as a 300-level or higher BUS course.

General Electives (remaining credits for 120 credit minimum)

The exact number of general elective credits varies and is dependent upon choices made in University core requirements.


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