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The Minor in International Business will be attractive to students who plan careers with an international orientation and who wish to add breadth to their major. The minor is designed for students who desire to increase their understanding of various regions of the world and the global marketplace.

The minor in international business is administered by the Broad College of Business and is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs in the Broad College.

Admission

To be considered for admission, a student must be admitted to a major within the Broad College of Business: accounting, finance, human resource management, management, marketing and supply chain management.

Minor in International Business Requirements

These requirements apply to all students admitted to the Minor in International Business from fall 2018 to present. For students already admitted to the Minor in International Business prior to fall 2018, please view your curriculum following these requirements.

1. Two (2) of the following courses (6 credits)

A course taken to fulfill this requirement may not be used within requirement 2.

2. Three (3) of the following courses (9 credits)

  • If students want a different course to count towards this requirement, they must complete an International Business Course Request.
    • You must be admitted to the international business minor prior to submitting any course requests.
    • The request should be submitted prior to the start of the course. Courses without prior approval will not count toward the minor.
    • Only 300- and 400-level courses will be reviewed.
    • A course syllabus must be submitted with the request.
    • A brief statement as to how this course will help towards your specific academic and career goals is required.
    • Note that all special topics or international courses (ACC/FI/MGT/SCM/GBL 491 or 393) must submit an International Business Course Request.

3. Abroad Experience

The completion of an education abroad program (6 credits minimum) or pre-approved international internship (credit or non-credit) as approved by the Broad College of Business. For more information or guidance, please see a Broad College advisor.

4. Competency in a Foreign Language

Demonstrate competency in a foreign language equivalent to four semesters of study at the university level.

The results of the Michigan State University foreign language placement test will be considered in determining whether the student has fulfilled this requirement. For more information on the placement test, please visit the Center for Language Teaching Advancement (CeLTA).

Language course credit/equivalency means students will be completing courses through the “202-level.” If students begin at a higher level, fewer than four semesters will be needed to complete the “202-level” requirement.

For more information or guidance, please see a Broad College advisor.

Requirements for Students Admitted Prior to Fall 2018

These requirements apply only to students admitted to the Minor in International Business prior to fall 2018.

With the approval of the department and college that administers the student’s degree program, the courses that are used to satisfy the minor may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor’s degree.

The student must complete the requirements specified below with a grade point average of 2.0 in all courses taken to fulfill requirements 1 through 5.

1.  Required Course (3 credits)

2. One (1) of the following courses (3 credits)

3. Complete an additional six (6) credits from the following courses

4. International Content

Complete an additional three credits in a course with international content. Courses not used to fulfill requirement 3. above may be used to fulfill this requirement. Any other course must be approved by the student’s advisor prior to enrollment in the course.

5. Education Abroad

Completion of a study abroad program (six credits) or a pre-approved international internship (noncredit).

6. Foreign Language

Demonstrate competency in a foreign language equivalent to four semesters of study at the university level (through the 202 level). The results of the MSU foreign language placement test will be considered in determining whether or not the student has fulfilled this requirement.

For students who begin at the 101 level, four semesters will be needed to complete the 202 course. For students who begin at a higher course level, fewer than four semesters will be needed to complete the 202 course (example: students who begin in FRN 201 because of their placement test score will need 2 courses to complete the requirement – FRN 201 and FRN 202).

If you believe that your foreign language skills are sufficient for the language requirement, you can take a foreign language placement test. Some tests are offered online and others can be taken by request.