About the Program
The Bachelor of Arts in International Business and Culture, offered through the School of Global Business, provides the necessary background for students to function effectively in both domestic and international organizations. The program combines liberal arts, business, language and international study to meet the following four goals:
- Provide students with an international perspective.
- Offer students functional business skills, knowledge, and abilities to effectively operate in an international environment.
- Give students proficiency in a foreign language and an understanding of other cultures to facilitate their ability to adapt internationally.
- Combine these areas by having students participate in international activities through study abroad and international internship experiences.
The program requires a cumulative GPA of 2.80 or higher after the third semester. A transfer student with more than 30 credits in transfer will be accepted into the program if he or she has a cumulative transfer GPA of 2.80 or higher. To continue in the program, a transfer student would have to achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.80 or higher in his or her first 16 credits completed at Arcadia University.
The International Business and Culture degree expects students to spend a semester or year studying abroad. Exciting opportunities can be arranged through the Arcadia University Study Away Office. Arcadia’s IB&C majors have studied on every continent except Antarctica. Students have found a variety of programs in a wide array of locations, such as St. Andrew’s School of Management, Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona or International Business in Shanghai.
Since most required School of Global Business courses are offered in Fall and Spring semesters, study abroad is all about planning. Students can schedule study abroad in any semester, except one semester of the senior year, which is when the Capstone course is taken. It is possible to schedule consecutive or non-consecutive semesters abroad and still graduate on time. It is also possible to do an internship abroad in the Fall, Spring or Summer.
It is important that students plan ahead for study abroad; they should consult with their advisers as early as possible to make their intentions known to the School of Global Business and the Office of Study Away ((215) 572-8514), which is located on the first floor of Taylor Hall.
Senior Capstone Experience
All majors complete a Senior Capstone project. This project involves integrating prior knowledge, preparing written reports, and making a public presentation. For majors in International Business and Culture, this requirement is satisfied by successful completion of BA 471 Internship in International Business and Culture and BA 495 Policy Formulation and Administration , both of which are required courses for the major.