Introduction to International Business

Course Number: BA 203
Transcript Title: Intro to International Bus
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: August 26, 2019
Total Credits: 3
Lecture Hours: 30
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit
Repeats available for credit: 0


WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores

Course Description

Introduces globalization and the cultural, economic, political, and legal environments of international business including an overview of risks, challenges, and competitive opportunities in the global marketplace. Prerequisite: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores.  Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

  1. Analyze how economic theories relate to international trade and investment.
  2. Communicate effectively using a basic international business vocabulary. 
  3. Identify and understand therelevant institutions and processes of international trade.
  4. Evaluate the nature of the international business environment, its framework and cultural diversity.
  5. Recognize and critically analyze global issues that may impact business.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Class participation and discussion
  • Case study analysis (oral and written)
  • Current event articles
  • Individual and/or group projects
  • Research papers
  • Class presentations
  • Quizzes and/or chapter questions

Course Activities and Design


The determination of teaching strategies used in the delivery of outcomes is generally left to the discretion of the instructor. Here are some strategies that you might consider when designing your course: lecture, small group/forum discussion, flipped classroom, dyads, oral presentation, role play, simulation scenarios, group projects, service learning projects, hands-on lab, peer review/workshops, cooperative learning (jigsaw, fishbowl), inquiry based instruction, differentiated instruction (learning centers), graphic organizers, etc.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Themes, Concepts & Issues:

  1. Planning, Organizing and Controlling
  2. Responsibility and Accountability
  3. Critical Thinking
  4. Effective Written and Oral Communications
  5. Team Work
  6. Ethical Conduct

Competencies and Skills

  1. Identify some of the problems of large multi-national and small importer-exporter firms.
  2. Recognize how management operates within the framework of diverse financial systems.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of how international firms must adapt to the changing international business-government relationships.
  4. Demonstrate familiarity with corporate policy and strategy used in international operations.
  5. Recognize various aspects of International Marketing.
  6. Identify the concerns of a more functional orientation in an international setting.
  7. Learn a basic international business vocabulary and become familiar with institutions and process of international trade.
  8. Demonstrate an understanding of the nature of the international business environment, its framework and cultural diversity.