The nationally recognized major in Global Business prepares students for a successful career in international business, public and not-for-profit service, as well as graduate study in a number of disciplines including law, finance, business and government. Global Business graduates have been hired by a litany of major publicly traded firms, been accepted to many of the world’s most prestigious graduate schools, and launched successful careers as business executives, entrepreneurs, public servants or professionals in non-governmental, not-for-profit organizations. Our Graduates have done these things working both solely within the United States and working abroad.
Global Business students learn how differences in culture, political systems, economic systems, languages, levels of development, historical experiences, and the natural environment, among other factors, can affect business around the world, and learn how an organization can navigate and succeed amidst these diverse factors.
If you choose to major in Global Business, we want you to have a meaningful study abroad experience, master at least one language besides English (not just perfunctorily study another language for a few semesters, but really become proficient with it), and deeply study the history and current conditions of a country or region other than the United States. We also pride ourselves on being a rigorous program that attracts many talented, hardworking students.
Thus, among the key distinctive features of the Global Business program are that we do not merely suggest but actually require that our majors: 1) study abroad for at least a semester, 2) complete at least three years (six semesters) of university- level study of a foreign language (or demonstrate equivalent competence), including, but not limited to Spanish, Chinese (Mandarin), Japanese, and French, and 3) take courses focused on places outside of the United States to develop a geographic area of emphasis or concentration through interdisciplinary study. Detailed learning outcomes for the BS in Global Business program may be found at www.redlands.edu/bs-glbs/learning-outcomes/.
We also have GPA requirements for entry into the program and degree completion that are higher than University norms. Any student seeking to declare a major in Global Business must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 at the time they submit their Declaration of Major and must have a 3.0 grade or higher in each of the prerequisites to the major courses. Students who do not meet the
cumulative GPA and/or the grade requirement for each of prerequisites to the major courses as noted above may petition the Global Business Department to declare the major. Petitions will be reviewed by the Global Business Department Chair on a case-by-case basis by considering the student's aspiration in a holistic and comprehensive way.
We advise students to complete all of their prerequisite courses no later than the spring of their sophomore year before they declare their major. All prerequisite courses must be taken for a numerical grade and students must earn a minimum grade of 3.0 in each course.
The following courses are prerequisites to the required major courses. Substitutions to these requirements can be made only with the written approval of the Department Chair. Some also satisfy Liberal Arts Inquiry (LAI) requirements.
· GLB 100 Introduction to Business (4) -or- GLB 228 Globalization (4)
· ECON 101 Principles of Economics (4)
· ACCT 210 Principles of Financial Accounting (4)
· POLI 202 Statistical Analysis and Mapping of Social Science Data (4) -or- MATH 111 Elementary Statistics with Applications (4) -or- PSYCH 250 Statistical Methods (4)
· ACCT 220 Principles of Managerial Accounting (4)
· BUS 136 Principles of Global Marketing (4)
· GLB 240 or BUS 240 U.S. Business Law (4)
· 2 (two) approved advanced analytical courses
· GLB 336 International Business (4)
· GLB 353 Financial Management (4)
· GLB 356 International Finance (4)
· GLB 457 Strategic Issues in Global Business (4)
· GLB 459 Global Business Capstone (4)
· Study Abroad: Minimum of one semester abroad, with additional study abroad recommended and supported by the department. Students are expected to study abroad in a location relevant to the language(s) they have studied. We want you to develop a depth of expertise in a specific region, not just go abroad for a superficial experience.
· Language proficiency: Testing placement at the entry point to the 400 level of a foreign language by graduation. This means the student will have completed the 302-level course with at least a grade of 3.0 in the final semester, or the equivalent. For languages not taught at the University of Redlands, students must provide appropriate documentation to the Department Chair.
· Foreign-language study: All students must take at least 8 credits of a foreign language. Students who are already proficient may take the required 8 credits either at an advanced level in the language(s) in which they are proficient (by for example taking a literature class in that language or a class on translation) or another language.
Students who have met the following criteria are eligible for Departmental Honors:
· A cumulative GPA of 3.7 or higher in the major, including prerequisites and electives counted towards the major;
· Completion of a 400-level course in a language other than English, or equivalent;
· Completion of an approved Internship during the study abroad program; and
· Completion of the Global Business Capstone (GLB 459) with at least a 3.7.
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