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Darla Moore School of Business

Curriculum

Challenge your perspective on global business and master the art of conducting business across borders and cultures.

Ranked No. 1 in the nation for more than two decades, the International Business program at the Moore School is unparalleled in providing students opportunities to develop global competencies through rigorous international business training complemented by foreign language acquisition, study abroad at elite partner schools and exposure to leading-edge faculty.

Admission to the International Business major is highly selective. Students who are admitted to the South Carolina Honors College may select the Classic IB track, which includes spending at least one semester abroad at one of our more than 60 partner universities. The small number of remaining openings are filled through a highly competitive selection process.

Degree requirements: 122 hours
Major requirements: 61 hours

  • In-depth capacity in a functional area of business.
  • Strong understanding of the global dimensions of business.
  • Excellent communication skills in more than one language.
  • Appreciation of the impact of culture on the conduct of business.
  • Exposure to living in a second culture. 

All majors are required to take Carolina Core classes to develop problem-solving skills and explore world cultures, history, languages and art. Business students also complete the Business Core Curriculum, which covers the basics for success in advanced business courses. Courses common to all programs include business communications, statistics, international business, accounting, economics, computer applications and business law.

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CMW: Carolina Core Effective, Engaged and Persuasive Communication: Writing (6 hours)


ARP: Carolina Core Analytical Reasoning and Problem-Solving (6-8 hours)


SCI: Carolina Core Scientific Literacy

  • Two approved Carolina Core Scientific Literacy courses including one laboratory course
  • GFL: Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Foreign Language (0-8 hours)

Students shall demonstrate in one foreign language the ability to comprehend the topic and the main ideas in written and, with the exception of Latin and Ancient Greek, spoken texts on familiar subjects. This ability can be demonstrated by achieving a score of two or better on a UofSC foreign language test. Those failing to do so must satisfactorily complete equivalent study of foreign language at UofSC.


GHS: Carolina Core Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Historical Thinking

Any approved Carolina Core History course
GSS: Carolina Core Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Social Sciences (3 hours)


Any approved Carolina Core Social Science course
AIU: Carolina Core Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding (3 hours)


Any approved Carolina Core Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding course
CMS: Carolina Core Effective, Engaged, and Persuasive Communication: Speech (3 hours)


Any approved Carolina Core Speech course
INF: Carolina Core Information Literacy (0-3 hours)


This requirement may be met in an overlay course that combines learning outcomes from two Carolina Core components
VSR: Carolina Core Values, Ethics and Social Responsibility (3 hours)


Any approved Carolina Core Values, Ethics, and Social Responsibility course. This requirement may be met in an overlay course that combines learning outcomes from two Carolina Core components.
Other Required General Education Courses for the Darla Moore School of Business (3-10 hours)


Additional DMSB general education courses may be required if student exempts the foreign language requirement and/or the student chooses coursework which can fulfill both stand-alone and overlay requirements of Carolina Core components (up to 10 hours).

Those credit hours must be replaced with elective credits (minimum of 6 credits). A third elective is required to reach graduation hours, and students are strongly encouraged to take a business section of UNIV 101 to fulfill this elective (3 credits).

The program also requires nine hours of course work with international content that may be used to fulfill other degree requirements. Three hours must be taken from an approved list of courses offered by the Darla Moore School of Business which contain international business or international economics content. The following course options can also be used to satisfy the three credit hours of this requirement: approved course work containing international business or international economics content, taken at a semester abroad program; an approved Maymester or summer overseas course containing international business or international economics content; an approved internship course in international business wherein a student would obtain discipline-related work experience in a foreign country; or an approved service-learning component. Students may choose from one of the following options to complete the remaining six-hour requirement:

Language:

Two language courses at the 200 level or above
or

Electives:

Two approved courses with international content taken either inside or outside the Moore School of Business from a list available in the undergraduate office.

All Moore School students will take communications courses as part of the general education requirements.
Directed course work may be selected from a university-wide list of approved minors. The minor is normally a minimum of 18 hours of prescribed courses in one subject area. Students not selecting such a minor may submit an alternative program of study to satisfy the approved course work requirement. The proposed alternative program of study must be approved by the Undergraduate Program Executive Committee in coordination with the Undergraduate Division. All minor courses or courses approved as alternatives must be passed with a grade of C or better.

International Business Curriculum (15 hours)

The international business major must be taken in combination with a second major in business and requires 27-36 hours.

*Because one or more of these courses may not be offered on campus during the two years that a student may be taking major-level courses, these courses are most appropriate for study abroad.

Students in the Chinese Business Track meet the regional course requirements with courses dealing primarily with China and Asia. Students in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Business Track meet the regional course requirements with courses dealing primarily with the Middle East and Africa. Students in the European Business Track meet the regional course requirements with courses dealing primarily with the Europe. Students in the South American Business Track meet the regional course requirements with courses dealing primarily with Latin America. Students in the Eurasian Business Track meet the regional course requirements with courses dealing primarily with Europe or Asia.


International Business Degree: Track Options

In addition to completing the university's Carolina Core general education courses, business core classes and the international business curriculum, students are required to double major in another business discipline and complete advanced foreign language courses. IB students are also required to complete at least one semester abroad through one of our partner exchanges at more than 30 of the top business schools worldwide.

Students can choose the Global International Business track or one of five International Cohort Program tracks.


Additional Information

Admission to the international business major is highly competitive, and enrollment is limited. Individual limits apply to language selections in the regional tracks.

The Sonoco Department of International Business has led the field of undergraduate education in creating progressive, thought-provoking, engaging courses that challenge students to think beyond their comfort zones. Each class exposes students to the vast complexities of our changing world and helps them develop the skills needed to make the best business decisions in environments of increasing globalization, great uncertainty and multiple points of view. To prepare them for courses in the international business major students are recommended to take a variety of internationally related arts and sciences courses from the Carolina Core.

In addition to receiving a strong international business education, students are also required to complete a second major at the Moore School. This additional concentration helps them develop specific functional skills that enhance their effectiveness as business professionals.

Students majoring in International Business are required to study outside the United States for a period of one semester, normally the spring semester of the academic year in which IBUS 310 is taken, at an approved institution. Exceptions to this requirement will be granted in cases of hardship. Students in regional cohort tracks meet the overseas study requirement at the cohort partner institution.

Language skills not only catapult the efficiency, insight and networking skills of a global professional to a higher level, but such proficiency also allows an individual to gain deeper insight into the culture, values and context of the people with whom they are working. In order to enhance this cross-cultural capability, international business students must complete several advanced-level courses in a foreign language (often resulting in a language minor). The languages available at UofSC include Arabic, Chinese, French, Italian, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

The Moore School's strong international links have allowed us to develop partnerships with over 30 of the best business schools around the world. Every spring, juniors majoring in international business have the opportunity to study at one of these schools through our direct exchange programs. These partnerships allow students to build a network of global contacts with future business leaders around the world.


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