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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

International Business and Culture, B.A.

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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 Divison of Civic and Global Engagement.  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.

Since it is important that students plan ahead for study abroad, they should consult with their advisers as soon as possible and make their intentions known to the Division of Civic & Global Engagement.

Concentration Options

  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Management
  • Marketing

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.


(Credits as listed below, with Undergraduate Curriculum and credit requirements as set forth.)

Business Fundamentals

(20 credits)

Three Economics courses

(12 credits)

Global Perspective Elective

One from the following list of courses:


(4 credits)

Language Proficiency

(0–16 credits)

At least an Intermediate level proficiency in one modern language other than English, as measured by written or oral examination or completion of a course in Modern Language through the 202 level is required. 

Students who can demonstrate mastery of English and one additional language as determined by the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures can waive this requirement 

Study Abroad

Students are required to spend a semester or year abroad. Students with extenuating circumstances should do a summer internship abroad or a GFS 305 International Experience  course. If none of the aforementioned options are possible, the Chairperson of the School of Global Business may approve a domestic internship with a foreign-owned firm that does business in the United States or in an international division of a U.S. firm doing business internationally to satisfy this requirement.

Two Mathematics courses

(8 credits)


Additional Requirements to be fulfilled to obtain a Concentration.

Economics (12 credits)

Finance (12 credits)

Management (12 credits)

Marketing (12 credits)

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