International Business

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Demand is increasing for people with the knowledge of the international environment within which both domestic and foreign businesses now operate. Many domestically educated managers have been at a distinct disadvantage in the international arena due to lack of language proficiency, cultural sensitivity, and multinational knowledge. The minor in International Business is designed to help remove obstacles to success by applying the knowledge and skills from a major to an international setting. The International Business minor can be used to strengthen any major.

Minor Requirements

The International Business minor consists of 18 s.h. distributed as follows:

Required Courses

Select one course (3 s.h.) from the following:

  • BUS 3310 Fundamentals in International Business (3 s.h.)
  • BUS 3330 Fundamentals in International Business (3 s.h.)

Select three courses (9 s.h.) from the following:

  • ACC 2510 Principles of Financial Accounting (3 s.h.)
  • ACC 4620 International Accounting (3 s.h.)
  • BUS 3310 Fundamentals in International Business (3 s.h.)
  • ECO 2610 Principles of Macroeconomics (3 s.h.)
  • ECO 4200 Comparative Economic Systems (3 s.h.)
  • ECO 4520 International Trade and Finance (3 s.h.)
  • ECO 4650 Economic Growth and Development (3 s.h.)
  • ENP 3300 International Entrepreneurship (3 s.h.)
  • MKT 4100 Global Marketing (3 s.h.)
  • Any course taken as part of a faculty-led RSB Study Abroad, or up to six s.h. of any RSB Internship at a pre-approved International site.

Elective Courses

An additional two courses (6 s.h.) may be chosen from the courses listed above or from the following:

  • ACL 3600 Intercultural Communication (3 s.h.)
  • ENM 2510 Caribbean Natural Resources and Law (LAW 2510) (3 s.h.)
  • GEO 2520 Regional Geography (3 s.h.)
  • HIS 2170 Race, Ethnicity, and Global Perspective (3 s.h.)
  • HIS 3010 Modern Asian History (3 s.h.)
  • HIS 3050 Islam and the Islamic World (3 s.h.)
  • HIS 3310 Topics in Latin American History (3 s.h.)
  • HIS 3700 Contemporary World History (3 s.h.)
  • HIS 4110 Modern Russia (3 s.h.)
  • IDS 3550 Study Abroad (3 s.h.)
  • PSC 2270 Comparative Politics (3 s.h.)
  • PSC 3510 International Relations (3 s.h.)
  • PSC 4010 European Politics (3 s.h.)
  • PSC 4020 Middle East Politics (3 s.h.)
  • PSC 4030 Politics in Africa (3 s.h.)
  • PSC 4040 Politics in East Asia (3 s.h.)
  • PSC 4050 Latin American Politics (3 s.h.)
  • PSC 4060 Advanced Industrial Countries (3 s.h.)
  • PSC 4070 Politics in Southeast Asia (3 s.h.)
  • PSC 4080 Politics in Developing Countries (3 s.h.)
  • SOC 2530 Global Social Problems (3 s.h.)
  • Any Foreign Language course (3 s.h.)

With the approval of the instructor or the department chair/school dean, courses may be substituted as electives.

Contact the Business Administration Program

Dr. Mary Kirchner

Mary Kirchner, Ph.D., CPA

Chair, Accounting, Business & Management; Professor of Accounting
(910) 630-7048
Clark 116
Dr. Mary Kirchner
Mary Kirchner, Ph.D., CPA

Chair, Accounting, Business & Management; Professor of Accounting

B.A., University of Alabama; M.A., University of Iowa; M.Acc., Ph.D., University of Tennessee, Knoxville; CPA.

Teaching Philosophy:

I honestly believe that every student can learn and use accounting. I love to teach. Different styles of teaching are integrated into my courses to meet the needs of my students. If a student puts forth a reasonable effort, I want that effort to pay off in spades. Learning accounting is an individual accomplishment but requires a team effort.


Her primary research interest is strategic behavior by individuals in response to social change.

Personal Interests:

Die-hard sports fan, avid cook, swimmer, camper, and international traveler. Leads annual study abroad trip to Guatemala over Spring Break.

(910) 630-7048
Clark 116