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International Business, French - North America Emphasis, B.A. in Liberal Arts and Sciences

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(Major Code: 05131) (SIMS Code: 113622)

All candidates for a degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences must complete the graduation requirements listed in the section of this catalog on “Graduation Requirements .”

International Business majors may not double major in the Fowler College of Business or in the Language or Regional/Cultural Studies emphases used to satisfy major requirements. International Business majors may minor in their chosen area of focus, but the same course cannot be used to fulfill both the focus and the minor.

No courses in the preparation for the major may be taken for Cr/NC; the minimum grade in each course in lower division business and regional/cultural studies is C.

Impacted Program

The International Business major is an impacted program. To be admitted to the International Business major, students must meet the following criteria:

  1. Complete with a grade of C (2.0) or better: ACCTG 201  and ACCTG 202 ECON 101  and ECON 102 ECON 201  or STAT 119 FIN 240 ; and MIS 180 . These courses cannot be taken for credit/no credit (Cr/NC);
  2. Complete or test out of one language sequence: ARAB 101 ARAB 102 ARAB 201 ARAB 202  (16 units); CHIN 101 CHIN 102 CHIN 201 CHIN 202  (20 units); English: COMM 103 , LING 100B LING 200 RWS 290  (12 units); FRENC 100A FRENC 100B FRENC 201 FRENC 210 FRENC 221  (20 units); GERMN 100A GERMN 100B GERMN 202 GERMN 205A GERMN 205B  (21 units); ITAL 100A ITAL 100B ITAL 201 ITAL 211 ITAL 212  (21 units); JAPAN 111 JAPAN 112 JAPAN 211 JAPAN 212  (20 units); KOR 101 KOR 102 KOR 201 KOR 202  (20 units); PORT 101 PORT 102 PORT 203 PORT 204  (16 units); RUSSN 100A RUSSN 100B RUSSN 200A RUSSN 200B  (20 units); or SPAN 101 SPAN 102 SPAN 201 SPAN 202 SPAN 211 SPAN 212  (22 units). These courses cannot be taken for credit/no credit (Cr/NC);
  3. Complete with a grade of C (2.0) or better, the Regional/Cultural Studies emphasis from one of the following regions: Middle East and North Africa: HIST 101 ; Asia (Chinese): ASIAN 100 ; Asia (Japanese or Korean): ASIAN 100  or ASIAN 101 ; Latin America: LATAM 101 ; North America: (English); Six units (one pair) selected from HIST 109 HIST 110  or POL S 101 POL S 102 ; North America: (French); HIST 110  or POL S 102 ; Central Europe: EUROP 101  or HIST 106  (recommended); Western Europe: EUROP 101  or HIST 106  (recommended). These courses cannot be taken for credit/no credit (Cr/NC);
  4. Complete a minimum of 60 transferable semester units;
  5. Have a cumulative GPA of 2.90 or better.

To complete the major, students must fulfill the degree requirements for the major described in the catalog in effect at the time they are accepted into the premajor at SDSU (assuming continuous enrollment).

Major Academic Plans (MAPs)

Visit http://www.sdsu.edu/mymap for the recommended courses needed to fulfill your major requirements. The MAPs website was created to help students navigate the course requirements for their majors and to identify which General Education course will also fulfill a major preparation course requirement.

Preparation for the Major

(Complete I, II, and III: 39-46 units)

II. Language Emphasis

The lower division language course requirements may also be satisfied by successful results on certain standardized language examinations; contact the adviser of the appropriate language department for details. International business students whose high school language of instruction was taught in a language other than English may not take that language as their emphasis in the major (contact the international business office for further explanation). English is not open to native speakers of English nor to students who graduated from a secondary school where English was the principal language of instruction nor to students with near-native fluency as evidenced through an ACTFL rating of Distinguished Level.

III. Regional/Cultural Studies Emphasis

Language Requirement

The language requirement is automatically fulfilled through coursework for preparation for the major.

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement

Complete one of the approved upper division writing courses (W) with a grade of C (2.0) or better. See “Graduation Requirements ” section for a complete listing of requirements.


(Complete I, II, and III below: 49-54 units) A minimum grade point average of 2.0 in the major is required for graduation. No course in the major may be taken Cr/NC unless the course is only offered Cr/NC.

I. Business

(All preparation for the major in the business and language portions of this major must be completed, plus additional supplementary admissions criteria must be met, before enrolling in any upper division courses in Business Administration):

A minimum of 30 upper division units to include


(Complete one of the following focus areas):


Two 300- or 400-level courses in economics, excluding


Two 300- or 400-level courses in finance, excluding


Two 300- or 400-level courses in management, excluding

Management Information Systems

Two 300- or 400-level courses in management information systems, excluding


Two 300- or 400-level courses in marketing, excluding

II. Language Emphasis

III. Regional/Cultural Studies Emphasis

All international business majors are required to complete a study abroad or internship abroad experience of at least one semester in length. See the international business study abroad adviser to arrange for the study abroad and  the internship adviser to contract for the internship. Students who choose the study abroad option are still required to complete an internship (I B 495 ). Students who choose the internship abroad option may earn credit for I B 495 . All students must complete I B 495  and I B 498  (four units). In addition, all students must complete six units selected from the following groups of courses.

North America/French


A maximum of six units of courses numbered 496 and 596 may be applied to the major with the approval of the international business adviser.

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