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BA in International Studies with Emphasis in International Business

Degree Program Description

The dual degree program leads to the BSBA in Business Administration with emphasis in one of the four International Business areas and the BA in International Studies with emphasis in International Business. This dual degree typically takes 4 1/2 to 5 years to complete. Students in the program will study advanced foreign language and participate in a study abroad experience to fulfill degree requirements. International Studies majors acquire analytical skills and knowledge that will enable them to understand and contribute to shaping the quickly evolving global community. The program prepares students for graduate study and careers in academia, teaching, law, business, public policy, humanitarian aid, non-profit organizations, government, and diplomacy.  Additional information on the degree can be found at the International Business website.

Major Program Requirements

Students are required to complete a minimum of 133-148 credit hours which is determined by the specific BSBA international business emphasis area (Economics, Finance, Management, Marketing) chosen when they are accepted into the upper level in the Trulaske College of Business.  Only one D-range grade is allowed in the major.  The final 30-36 hours taken for the degree must be completed as MU courses unless the hours are earned through a study abroad program.  Students must have a 2.0 GPA (cumulative, major, final 30 hours, and final 60 hours) to graduate.

Foreign Language Requirements:
- Complete the elementary levels of a single foreign language.
- Complete 6 additional hours of foreign language beyond the elementary level.
- Language courses must be taken in order.
- For a list of languages offered, see the School of Languages, Literature, and Cultures

Area of Support Requirements:
- Complete 3 credit hours 2000-level or above, and 6 credits 3000-level or above.
- Courses used to fulfill this section must be from a College of Arts and Science department and have an international focus.  An exception can be made for one course offered through Trulaske College of Business, either on campus or through one of the college's study abroad programs, as long as the course has a strong international studies focus.  Coursework typically includes classes in Culture, Geography, Government, or History related to language studied.
- Courses used to count toward the BSBA cannot fulfill this section.
- For examples, refer to the list under International Business Degree Requirements.

Study Abroad Requirements:
- Students should study abroad for a minimum of 4 weeks, and complete it prior to their last year.
- Credits earned during a study abroad experience may be used to fulfill major requirements.
- Preparation should begin a year in advance.  Information is available at the International Center website.

Business Requirements:
- Refer to the Upper Level Admission Requirements in the Trulaske College of Business for additional requirements to begin your Business emphasis.
- Complete the requirements for the BSBA with emphasis in one of the International Business areas (Economics, Finance, Management, Marketing).

In addition, students must complete all College of Arts and Science, and University graduation requirements, including University general education.

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Semester Plan

Below is a sample plan of study, semester by semester.  A student's actual plan may vary based on course choices where options are available or the individual semester plan based on emphasis areas.  Please visit the following for specific semester plans: Economics, Finance, Management, or Marketing.

First Year
MATH 11003MATH 14003
BUS_AD 15002ENGLSH 10003
State Requirement3ECONOM 10143
Foreign Language4Foreign Language4
Humanities 3Behavioral Science3
 15 16
Second Year
ACCTCY 20363ACCTCY 20373
BUS_AD 25002ACCTCY 22583
MATH 13003STAT 25003
ECONOM 10153Foreign Language3
Foreign Language 4ANTHRO 20303
 Biological Science 3
 15 18
Third Year
BUS_AD 35002FINANC 30003
MANGMT 33003MANGMT 30003
Writing Intensive Business 3MANGMT 35403
STAT 35003ECONOM 3229 or 32513
MRKTNG 30003Foreign Civilization/Writing Intensive Non-Business 3
Foreign Language3 
 17 15
Fourth Year
BUS_AD 45003Business Area3
Foreign Literature3Business Area3
POL_SC 1400 or 27003Business Area3
Physical Science3Business Area3
Humanity-Global Core3A&S Area Support3
 GEOG 1100 or 12003
 15 18
Fifth Year
MANGMT 49703 
Business Area3 
Business Area3 
A&S Area Support3 
A&S Area Support3 
Total Credits: 144

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Degree Audit

The degree audit is an automated report reflecting a student’s academic progress toward the completion of a degree.  Degree Audits are not available for all programs; however, please consult with the appropriate college or school for audit information.

MU students can request a degree audit by logging in to myDegreePlanner.  Students may also access myDegreePlanner via myZou, in the Student Center, by clicking on the Request Degree Audit link. The audit automatically pulls in the student’s MU course work, transfer courses and courses in progress.  This is available to current students, admitted students, and those who last attended less than three terms ago.

Past MU students can request a degree audit by contacting the Academic Advising Unit of the division in which they were last enrolled at MU. For contact information, go to http://advising.missouri.edu/contact/.

Prospective students, can access a preliminary MU degree audit via https://www.transferology.com/index.htm. Information on the college credits already earned will have to be manually entered before it can be evaluated against current degree requirements.

For additional details on degree audits, go to http://registrar.missouri.edu/degree-audits/index.php.

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Major and Career Exploration

The University of Missouri has many resources to assist you in exploring majors and career possibilities.  For guidance, visit the Majors and Careers website or view specific resources below.

  • If you are considering a change of major or are exploring multiple majors, schedule an appointment with an advisor in the Discovery Center by calling (573)884-9700 or through MU Connect Discovery Center service in you success network.

  • If you have decided on a major, visit an academic advisor in the School or College that you are interested in to discuss the process of declaring the major

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center.  No Appointment is necessary to explore career options with one of our staff members.

For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.

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