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Department of Economics & International Business

BBA in Economics | BBA in International Business | Minor in Economics |
Minor in International Business | Economics Course Descriptions


Interim Chair: Doug Berg (936) 294-1243

Faculty: Doug Berg, Aditi Bhattacharyya, Edward Blackburne, Donald Bumpass, Mark Frank, Donald Freeman, Fidel Gonzalez, Darren Grant, William Green, Natalie Hegwoo, Lirong Liu, Mitchell Muehsam, Valerie Muehsam, Hiranya Nath, Troy Quast, Isabel Ruiz, George Samuels, Mark Tuttle

Vision

To develop outstanding Economics, International Business, and Business Analysis programs with faculty that is recognized for excellence in instruction, research, and service.

Mission

To provide curricula that promote critical thinking skills and enhance decision making abilities, which help students become productive and informed citizens. Faculty will engage in research to create and disseminate new knowledge, develop quality-teaching skills, maintain high professional standards, and actively serve the University Community.

Academic Programs

The Economics program is intended for students seeking a logical, ordered way of looking at business problems. The principles, approaches, and conclusions derived from the study of economics form the basis for developing sound policies in business, government, and personal life decisions.

The International Business program is designed for students preparing for positions with business, government, or international agencies dealing with international trade and foreign investments. As a result of the growing importance of international trade in the world economy, domestic and multinational corporations face a growing need for employees with specialized training in matters relating to international trade.

Career Opportunities

The study of economics is an effective way to prepare for several types of careers, including:

  • Management training programs in corporations and financial institutions
  • Federal, state, and local government employment in administrative and staff positions dealing with analysis, planning, and control functions
  • Analyst positions on corporate staffs
  • Graduate education in law, business, public administration, urban studies, and economics.

The study of international business is an effective way to prepare for several types of careers, including:

  • Management training programs in domestic and multinational corporations
  • Federal, state, and international agency employment in administrative and staff positions dealing with analysis, planning, and control functions
  • Graduate education in law, business, public administration, and economics.

Suggested Minors

  • Accounting
  • A Foreign Language
  • Banking
  • Economics (for International Business majors
  • Finance
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Math
  • Political Science

Student Organizations

  • International Business Society
  • Omicron Delta Epsilon

Internships

A student may earn a maximum of six hours in approved, supervised educational work experience in internships. Internship applications are available in the Departmental office. It is the responsibility of the student to identify the internship opportunity. In order to receive academic credit, a student must meet the eligibility conditions, obtain prior approval from the Department Chair, and meet the guidelines established by the College of Business Administration for monitoring the quality of the learning experience.

Scholarships

Scholarships are available on a competitive basis for economics and international business majors. Students are encouraged to apply for scholarships at Financial Aid.  The deadline for applying for Department of Economics and International Business scholarships is February 15. Department of Economics and International Business scholarship recipients are announced in April for the following academic year. The specific scholarships that are available through the department vary from year to year and may include:

  • Armstrong Foundation Endowed Scholarship in Economics
  • Armstrong Foundation Endowed Scholarship in International Business
  • Assam Scholarship in Monetary Economics
  • Faculty Scholarship in Economics
  • Faculty Scholarship in International Business
  • William B. Green Scholarship in International Business

Curriculum

College-Specific Requirements

General Requirements

General Requirements for all majors pursuing the Bachelor of Business Administration Degree are as follows:
Course Hours
ENGL 1301 - Composition I 3
ENGL 1302 - Composition II 3
MATH 1324 - Mathematics for Managerial Decision Making
Laboratory Science I (see approved list) 4
Laboratory Science II (see approved list) 4
Language, Philosophy, and Cultural Studies Core Requirement (see approved list) 3
Creative Arts Core Requirement (see approved list) 3
HIST 1301 - U.S. History I
HIST 1302 - U.S. History II
POLS 2305 - American Government
POLS 2306 - Texas Government
ECON 2302 - Principles of Microeconomics (also COBA requirement)
University Core Requirement (Select a three hour course and a one hour course)
3 hour courses (choose 1)
BUAD 2321 or COMS 2382 (also COBA required) 3 Hours
1 hour courses (choose 1):
ECON 1100 or KINE 2115 or NGLI 1101 1 Hour
Total Hours 42

Foundation Knowledge for Business

Each program of study pursuant to the Bachelor of Business Administration degree includes the following Core Courses for the Foundation Knowledge for Business. Additional course requirements are outlined by specific departments.

Core Courses for the Foundation Knowledge of Business
Courses Hours
ECON 2301 - Macroeconomics 3
ECON 2302 - Microeconomics (also University core requirement) 3
ACCT 2301 - Financial Accounting 3
ACCT 2302 - Managerial Accounting 3
BUAD 2321 or COMS 2382 - Communications requirement (also University core requirement) 3
BANA 2372 - Business Statistics I 3
BUAD 2301 - Business Legal 3
Advanced Economics course (specific ECON course depends on the major) 3
MGMT 3310 - Principles of Management 3
MKTG 3310 - Principles of Marketing
MGIS 3310 - Management Information Systems 3
FINC 3320 - Business Finance 3
BUAD 3335 - Business Communication 3
BANA 3363 - Business Statistics II 3
MGMT 4370 - Operations Management 3
MGMT 4390 - Strategy 3
Total Hours 42

Minimum GPA Requirements to Earn a BBA Degree

Students must achieve a 2.0 GPA in the following:

  • SHSU GPA
  • Cumulative GPA (SHSU and transfer)
  • SHSU business courses
  • Cumulative business courses (SHSU and transfer)

Some business departments/majors may require higher, more specific grade requirements. Review the department/major sections in this catalog for those requirements.

Fifty Percent Requirement

At least 50 percent of the required business curriculum for the B.B.A. degree must be taken in residence at Sam Houston State University.

Entry to Upper Division Courses

Admission to undergraduate upper division courses, i.e., 3000- and 4000-level, in the College of Business Administration, is limited to students who have completed at least 50 semester hours with a GPA of at least 2.0. 

Curriculum

Bachelor of Business Administration, Major In Economics1

Notes
1 Transfer students must take at least 50% of the required business curriculum for the B.B.A. degree in residence at Sam Houston State University.
2 Two four-hour laboratory science courses from: Biology, Chemistry, Geography/Geology (the only geography courses that satisfy a laboratory science requirement are GEOG 1401 and GEOG 1436, or Physics.
3 Select from AGRI 2399, ARTS 1301, ARTS 1311, ARTS 1316, ARTS 1303, DANC 1372, DANC 1301, FACS 1360, MUSI 2338, MUSI 1301, MUSI 2364, MUSI 1306, or THEA 1330, THEA 1364, THEA 1366, THEA 2330, THEA 2336. Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts requirement of Component Area 4 of the Core Curriculum (see the Core Curriculum section of this catalog).
Bachelor of Business Administration - Major in Economics
SHSU Course Number Hours
First Year
ENGL 1301, ENGL 1302 6
HIST 1301, ENGL 1302 6
MATH 1324 3
Laboratory Science2 8
ECON 2302 3
Creative Arts Elective3 3
KINE 2115 1
30
Second Year
Language, Philosophy, and Culture 3
COMS 2382 or BUAD 2321 3
ECON 2301 3
POLS 2305, POLS 2306 6
ACCT 2301, ACCT 2302 6
BANA 2372, BUAD 2301 6
BUAD 1305 or CSTE 1330 3
MGMT 4365 or MGMT 4370, MGMT 4390  3

30

Third Year
MGMT 3310 3
BUAD 3335, BANA 3363 6
FINC 3320, MKTG 3310 6
ECON 3372, ECON 3357 6
ACCT 3304 3
MGIS 3310 3
ECON 4373, ECON 4365, or ECON 4357 3
30
Fourth Year
ECON 3351, ECON 4353, or ECON 4390 3
ECON 3335 , ECON 3344, ECON 4348, or ECON 4340 3
ECON 3373, ECON 3374, or ECON 3370 3
ECON Elective (3000 or 4000 -level) 3
Electives 12
30

Minor in Economics

A minor in Economics (18 hours) is available to all bachelor degree programs that permit a minor. The minor in Economics requires  ECON 2301, ECON 2302, ECON 3372 or ECON 3357, and 9 advanced hours in ECON with a minimum grade point average of 2.0 in these courses. Degree candidates for a minor in economics must achieve a minimum 2.0 grade point average for all hours attempted in business courses, including residence and transfer hours whether required for the economics minor or not.

Bachelor of Business Administration, Major in International Business1

Students majoring in International Business will automatically have a minor in Economics. There are enough electives in the International Business program to earn a minor in most business disciplines without adding additional hours to the program.  Check with your advisor.

Notes
1 Transfer students must take at least 50% of the required business curriculum for the B.B.A. degree in residence at Sam Houston State University.
2 Two four-hour laboratory science courses from: Biology, Chemistry, Geography/Geology (the only geography courses that satisfy a laboratory science requirement are GEOG 1401 and GEOG 1436, or Physics.
3 Select from AGRI 2399, ARTS 1301, ARTS 1311, ARTS 1316, ARTS 1303, DANC 1372, DANC 1301, FACS 1360, MUSI 2330, MUSI 1301, MUSI 2364, MUSI 1306, or THEA 1330, THEA 1364, THEA 1366, THEA 2330, THEA 2336. Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts requirement of Component Area 4 of the Core Curriculum (see the Core Curriculum section of this catalog).
4 Select from BESL 2301, FOLG 2311, FOLG 2312, GEOG 2355, GEOG 2356, HIST 2311, HIST 2312, or SOCI 2319. Satisfies the Cultural Studies requirement of Component Area 4 of the Core Curriculum (see the Core Curriculum section of this catalog).
5 ECON 4373, FINC 4340, and BUAD 4334 are typically offered ONLY in the fall semester. ECON 4340 and MKTG 4340 (previously MKT 470) are typically offered ONLY in the spring semester. ECON 3341, ECON 3344, or ECON 4348 are typically offered every third semester on a rotating basis (one each semester) each fall or spring semester. See an advisor for a schedule of course offerings.
6 MKTG 4340 (previously MKT 470) and MGMT 4340 (International Management and Marketing) are dual listed courses. A student cannot receive academic credit for both MKTG 4340 and MGMT 4340.
7 A minor in a supporting business field or a foreign language is strongly recommended. A minor in most supporting business fields can be accomplished by using the available elective hours.  Employment opportunities in International Business are likely to be enhanced with foreign language skills. Students who have high school credits in a foreign language or who have otherwise developed a foreign language proficiency are encouraged to participate in the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). Acceptable scores on the CLEP examinations will allow students to earn up to 14 hours of foreign language credits in French, German, or Spanish.
Bachelor of Business Administration - Major in International Business
SHSU Course Number Hours
First Year
ENGL 1301, ENGL 1302 6
HIST 1301, HIST 1302 6
MATH 1324 3
Laboratory Science2 8
ECON 2302 3
Visual and Performing Arts Elective3 3
KINE 2115 1
30
Second Year
POLS 2301, 2000 -level Political Science 6
ENGL 2331 or ENGL 2342 or PHIL 2361 or PHIL 2306 3
COMS 2382 or BUAD 2321 3
ECON 2301 3
BANA 2372BUAD 2301 6
BUAD 1305 or CSTE 1330 3
ACCT 2301, ACCT 2302 6
30
Third Year
MGMT 3310 3
BUAD 3335, BANA 3363 6
FINC 3320, MKTG 3310 6
ACCT 3304 3
ECON 33415, ECON 33445, ECON 43485, BUAD 43405 6
MGIS 3310 3
ECON 3372 or ECON 3357 3
30
Fourth Year
ECON 43735, ECON 43405 6
FINC 43405 3
MGMT 4365 or MGMT 4370,  or MGMT 4390 6
MGMT 43406 or MKTG 43405,6 3
Cultural Studies Electives4 3
Electives7 9
30

Minor in International Business

A minor in International Business (30 or 33 hours) is available to all bachelor degree programs that permit a minor. The minor in International Business requires ACCT 2301, ACCT 2302; ECON 2300 (or ECON 2301 and  ECON 2302), ECON 4340; FINC 3320; MGMT 3310; MKTG 3310; 6 hours from FINC 4340, BUAD 4348, MGMT 4340 or MKTG 4340, and 3 hours from ECON 3341, ECON 3344, ECON 4373, or ECON 4348 with a minimum grade point average of 2.0 in these courses. Furthermore, degree candidates for a minor in international business must achieve a minimum 2.0 grade point average for all hours attempted in business courses, including residence and transfer hours whether required for the international business minor or not.


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