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  Nov 21, 2017
2017-2018 University Catalog

Business Administration, B.S. - International Business Subplan/Option: 180 units

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Offered by: College of Business Administration, International Business and Marketing Department

The International Business subplan provides students a solid grounding in the principles of business management as well as interdisciplinary specialization in areas required to understand and react to today's globalized markets. The objectives of this subplan are twofold: to provide students with the business knowledge and skills essential for careers in international business; and to provide them with an understanding and appreciation of the culture, language, economics, politics, and history of other parts of the world, with particular emphasis on a geographic area in which the student has a special career interest, or a functional area of focus on the global scene. The curriculum requires completion of the business core which provides to all business majors a foundation in the theory and practice of modern business management.

Each student should work closely with the program advisor in identifying career goals and selecting course work most appropriate for goal attainment. The International Business subplan involves the completion of requirements in each of the following areas:

  1. Core Courses in Major required of all Business majors
  2. International Business required courses
  3. Support and Elective courses
  4. Functional Specialization
  5. General Education

Personal Computer Proficiency Requirement

1(see policy statement in College of Business Administration introductory section).

Elective Subplan/Option Core Courses: 20 units

  • Functional Specialization (20)
    Students must complete 20 units within an area of study approved by a faculty advisor.

    Students must complete any compatible academic minor or at least 20 units within an approved area of study in the College of Business Administration, foreign languages, international agricultural business management, economics, geography, anthropology, history, Latin American Studies, political science, or public administration.

Elective Support Courses: 6-8 units

Unrestricted Electives: 0-8 units

Select a sufficient number of courses so that the total from “Required Support”, “Elective Support”, “GE”, and “Unrestricted Electives” is at least 90 units.


The number of unrestricted elective units depends on whether or not STA 120  and EC 201  or EC 202  are used for General Education (see curriculum sheet for the subplan/option). If STA 120  is used for General Education, unrestricted electives will be increased by four units. If EC 201  or EC 202  is used for General Education, unrestricted electives will be increased by four units.

1Personal Computer Proficiency must be demonstrated by satisfying one of the following three alternatives: 1) CIS 101 , 2) Personal Computer Proficiency Test in Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint, or 3) an approved college course.  There are no units associated with the Personal Computer Proficiency Test.  If the test is passed, then unrestricted electives in subplan/option selected may be increased by 4 units.

General Education Requirements: 68 units

Students should consult the Academic Programs website for current information regarding this requirement. Unless specific courses are stated under Support Courses, please refer to the list of approved courses under General Education Requirements, Areas A through E.

  Course Term Taken Grade
Area A. Communication and Critical Thinking (12 units)
1. Oral Communication      
2. Written Communication      
3. Critical Thinking      
Area B. Mathematics and Natural Sciences (16 units)
1. Physical Science      
2. Biological Science      
3. Laboratory Activity      
4. Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning      
5. Science and Technology Synthesis      
Area C. Humanities (16 units)
1. Visual and Performing Arts      
2. Philosophy and Civilization      
3. Literature and Foreign Languages      
4. Humanities Synthesis      
Area D. Social Sciences (20 units)
1. U.S. History, Constitution, and American Ideals
    a. United States History
    b. Introduction to American Government
2. History, Economics, and Political Science      
3. Sociology, Anthropology, Ethnic and Gender Studies      
4. Social Science Synthesis      
Area E. Lifelong Understanding and Self-development (4 units)      

For an alternative and interdisciplinary way to complete some of their GE requirements, students may choose the Interdisciplinary General Education program, see below. 

Interdisciplinary General Education: 32 units

An alternate pattern for partial fulfillment of GE Areas A, C, D, and E available for students is the Interdisciplinary General Education (IGE) program.  Students should see an advisor for specific GE coursework required by their major.  Students must be exempt from or score at least 147 on the EPT to qualify for IGE.  Please refer to the University Catalog General Education Program section for additional information.

How IGE fulfills General Education Requirements:

Year Completion of IGE Courses Satisfies GE Requirements
Freshman IGE 120 , IGE 121 , IGE 122   A2 as well as any 2 courses from C1-C3
Sophomore IGE 220 , IGE 221 , IGE 222   D1 (8 units) and D3
Junior IGE 223 , IGE 224   D2 and Area E

American Institutions: 8 units

Courses that satisfy this requirement may also satisfy GE Area D1.

American Cultural Perspectives Requirement: 4 units

Refer to the University Catalog General Education Program section for a list of courses that satisfy this requirement.  Course may also satisfy major, minor, GE, or unrestricted elective requirements.

Graduation Writing Test

All persons who receive undergraduate degrees from Cal Poly Pomona must pass the Graduation Writing Test (GWT).  The test must be taken by the quarter following completion of 120 units for undergraduates.

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