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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE BACHELOR OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION IN
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS IN

THE RED MCCOMBS SCHOOL OF BUSINESS CHAPTER OF
THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG 2006-2008



Dean George Gau of the Red McCombs School of Business has filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council the following changes to the international business degree in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2006-2008. The faculty of the school approved the proposed changes on April 29, 2005. The dean approved the proposed changes on May 4, 2005, and submitted the changes to the secretary on October 27, 2005. The secretary has classified this proposal as legislation of exclusive application and primary interest to a single college or school.

The edited proposal was received from the Office of Official Publications on November 1, 2005, and was sent to the Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review from the Office of the General Faculty on November 10, 2005. The committee forwarded the proposed changes to the Office of the General Faculty on November 18, 2005, recommending approval. The authority to grant final approval on behalf of the General Faculty resides with the Faculty Council.

If no objection is filed with the Office of the General Faculty by the date specified below, the legislation will be held to have been approved by the Faculty Council. If objection is filed within the prescribed period, the legislation will be presented to the Faculty Council at its next meeting. The objection, with reasons, must be signed by a member of the Faculty Council.

To be counted, a protest must be received in the Office of the General Faculty by noon on December 2, 2005.

<signed>

Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
The Faculty Council



This legislation was posted on the Faculty Council Web site (http://www.utexas.edu/faculty/council/) on November 21, 2005. Paper copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, WMB 2.102, F9500.

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PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE BACHELOR OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION IN
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS IN

THE RED MCCOMBS SCHOOL OF BUSINESS CHAPTER OF
THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG 2006-2008



On pages 55-56, under the heading DEGREES, in the section PROGRAM DEGREE REQUIREMENTS, in the Red McCombs School of Business chapter of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2004-2006, make the following changes:


INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Recognizing the role of the United States in world affairs and the importance of international operations to American business enterprise, this major offers a combination of basic business knowledge with an interdisciplinary study of international policies and practices. The curriculum is designed to help prepare students for positions in global business operations, government, or international agencies in the fields of economic development and international trade.

The requirements of this program are

1. The Bachelor of Business Administration degree requirements on pages 49-50.

2. Twelve semester hours of coursework beyond the freshman level in a foreign language associated with the area studies specialization the student chooses to fulfill requirement 6 below. Six of the twelve required hours must be at the upper-division level.

3. International Business 350 and 378.

4. Six semester hours chosen from the following courses: Finance 376, International Business 372, Legal Environment of Business 370 [(Topic 5: The Law and the Multinational Corporation)], and Marketing 372 (Topic 4: Global Marketing).

5. Six semester hours of [A three-semester-hour] business [elective] electives.

6. Nine semester hours of upper-division coursework [in one of the following area studies fields:] focused on a specific geographic region. These courses must be approved by the international business faculty adviser. Examples of acceptable fields of study are Latin American studies; Middle Eastern studies; Asian studies; and Russian, East European, and Eurasian studies [; or European studies].

7. All international business majors must study abroad for at least one semester or summer session [at an institution approved by the Red McCombs School of Business]. Students should study in a country or region associated with their foreign language and area studies specialization. Ideally, the study abroad experience should be in an immersion program that includes courses taken with local students.
The international business faculty adviser must approve all study abroad programs in advance. Any Red McCombs School of Business program is acceptable if it takes place in a country in which English is not the dominant language. (The CIBER Summer Study Abroad programs will not fulfill this requirement.) In addition, most affiliated study abroad programs available through the University’s Center for Global Educational Opportunities are acceptable, depending on the course of study.
[Any Red McCombs School of Business study abroad program is acceptable. In addition, most affiliated study abroad programs available through the University’s Center for Global Educational Opportunities are acceptable, depending upon the course of study. Other non-University programs may also be acceptable. The international business adviser must approve any study abroad program not directly associated with the Red McCombs School of Business in advance.]
Students must complete the equivalent of at least six semester hours during their study abroad period. Credit earned abroad may be used to fulfill other degree requirements if appropriate.

8. Additional elective coursework, if necessary, to provide a total of at least 120 semester hours.

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RATIONALE:
Changes are for clarification of the degree requirements:
LEB 370 has not been offered in years. It is confusing to students to list a course no being taught. Adding IB 340S will enable the student to use those courses without going through a substitution process.

Three hours of business elective were already tacitly required in # 7.b listed under Bachelor of Business Administration Degree Requirements on pages 49-50. The three semester hour business elective listed here was added when the FIN 354 was dropped in the last catalog change. It was an oversight not to list all 6 hours in this section.

The original language regarding the area studies and study abroad requirements allowed students to focus on other English speaking cultures. Moreover, it also allowed students interested in Europe to create a quite broad area of study with mixed language, area study, and study abroad elements. While these are legitimate areas of study in general, in the context of the International Business degree, the intent of the program is to provide students with a geographic concentration that will, in turn, provide them with distinctive knowledge and skills in a region. A degree focus of too great a breadth (without accompanying depth in a region) or a focus on native English-speaking countries rarely provides distinctive skills in today’s business environment. The use of more specific language regarding the range of study abroad options and requiring faculty approval for the area studies and study abroad programs should bring students into compliance with the intent of the requirements.