School of Business Offers New Concentration

Category:  News
Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016 at 8:11 PM

The more you know, the more valuable you are. That’s a common perception, but this holds especially true in the world of business.

Students enrolled in Edinboro University’s School of Business have been given the opportunity to expand their knowledge with the business program’s new concentration in International Business.

The new International Business program was recently implemented to provide students with the proper tools they need to succeed at the global level of the business world. Edinboro’s School of Business chose to add an International Business concentration to their curriculum after receiving several requests from current and prospective students.

“There was a desire from our own students for a program that was more focused on international business,” said Dean of Edinboro’s School of Business, Dr. Scott Miller.

Although the school of business already infuses international components into its business courses, the high demand for a curriculum that directly focuses on international business led to the implementation of the International Business concentration.

“Students will gain an appreciation for the cultural differences among individuals and businesses who interact around the world. The interdisciplinary nature of the program allows students to take courses in world languages, communication studies and geography, to help them understand these cultural differences,” said Miller.

Miller also shared that the International Business concentration will allow students to understand a variety of business aspects from an international perspective such as accounting, finance, management and marketing. Students will be required to take advanced level courses on international finance, international economics and international marketing. These courses include Introduction to World Languages and Culture, Intercultural Communication and Cultural Geography. Students are also encouraged to take at least one language class.

In addition to the content of the International Business concentration, Miller commented on his personal expectations for the new concentration.

“I expect students will discover a program that is rich in an understanding of the global economy and how global markets interact,” he said.

Miller also stated in a recent article published by the university that the new International Business concentration is expected to prepare students for various indemand professions including international logistics, consulting in foreign trade, import/export coordination and consulting, international banking and sales, and international marketing and business analysis.

Dr. Miller expressed that the goal of the concentration is to provide students with the skills and ability “to help organizations face the cultural, societal, and environmental challenges facing organizations that interact with the global economy.”

Miller also stated that the concentration would educate students on how to properly apply business concepts to international operations.

The International Business concentration was first offered to students during the fall 2015 semester and gained immediate popularity with junior and senior business majors. Freshmen and sophomore students interested in the International Business concentration must first declare a general business major before they can declare a concentration during their junior or senior year.

“We are very excited about this concentration and have already seen current students enroll in the concentration,” said Miller.

Miller also shared that one student enrolled in the International Business concentration has already secured an internship in Washington DC in the international affairs division of a Fortune 100 company.

“This is an example of the type of impact we can have on our students and that our students can have in the economy,” said Miller.

Macala Leigey is the News Editor for The Spectator and she can be reached at eupnews.spectator@gmail.com.

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