International Business, Language and Culture Department

 

Chestnut Hill College offers an interdisciplinary Bachelor of Science (BS) in International Business, Language, and Culture. The International Business, Language, and Culture Major (IBLC) is an interdisciplinary, globally oriented program that includes a strong language component. It will provide solid preparation for a career in international business, in profit and not-for-profit organizations, competence in French, Spanish, or another language and culture, and a foundation for graduate study. Other language options are possible with the permission of the department. This may require additional study at other institutions at home or abroad. Native speakers of French or Spanish may take up to 12 credits of the required 21 in another language. Supporting courses in other departments complement the major requirements. Students should discuss any plans for a second major or minor with an advisor as soon as possible.

Outstanding students may be invited to participate in the Departmental Honors program. Sophomores of high scholastic standing (a Career GPA of 3.50 or higher) may be invited by their major department to stand for Honors in their Junior and Senior years. The Departmental Honors program provides an opportunity for independent study and research culminating in an Honors thesis submitted in the spring of Senior year. All students who have successfully completed the Honors Program will be recognized with Honors in their major field at the annual Honors Convocation and on their academic transcripts. In addition, the title of the completed Honors Thesis will appear on the academic transcript.

For assistance with this major, please contact Sr. Mary Helen Kashuba, Room 25B, Fournier Hall. Telephone: 215/248-7124. Email: kashubam@chc.edu. A minimum Career GPA of 2.00 and a minimum Major GPA of 2.00 are required for graduation. Courses Required in the Major comprise the Major GPA. Unless indicated, students must earn a grade of C- (1.70) or better in courses both Required in the Major and Also Required in order to successfully complete the requirements for the Major. Students are required to complete all computer proficiencies by the end of the Sophomore year.

Students majoring in IBLC must satisfy an International Experience Abroad requirement in a country where the major language is spoken. A second international experience is also recommended by working abroad or in an international division or department of a U.S. organization. The International Experience Abroad may be met by one of the following ways:

 

  • International Internship Experience: An approved internship in an organization located in a country where the major language is spoken. The experience must receive prior approval of the Chair of the Business Department and the Chair of the Language Department and must consist of meaningful work activities that will contribute to a student’s understanding of and provide practical experience in international business and provide an opportunity to expand the student’s cultural knowledge and use of the foreign language studied.

    If the organization is in the U.S. the student’s work must deal directly with the organization’s international operations and require some use of the foreign language the student has studied. Although this is strongly recommended, it does not fulfill the International Experience Abroad Requirement.

    If the internship occurs during the summer, it must be full-time for at least 6 weeks. If the internship takes place during the regular academic year and is a part-time position, it must last at least one full semester or approximately 12 weeks. Prior to starting, the student should provide internship details (organization, country, job description, duration of internship, name of supervisor, etc.) to the Chairs of the Business and Foreign Language Departments to ensure that it will meet the IBLC program requirements.

    Upon completion of the International Internship Experience, it will be the student’s responsibility to complete and provide all the necessary Experiential Education documentation to the Career Services Department for review prior to the granting of credit.
     
  • Study Abroad: A study-abroad program at an approved international college or university for credit. The student may choose to enroll in a minimum of one course; however, the course must have an international focus that will increase the student’s understanding of international business, language or culture. A full semester program is highly recommended, although a summer program is acceptable. The program must include courses taught in the major language.
     
  • Work Study Tour: An international Work Study Tour of three to five firms for a sufficient amount of time at each firm to conduct interviews, surveys of management practices. The student must complete a report in the target language. The student must receive approval from the Chair of the Business Department and the Chair of the Department of Foreign Language prior to the start of the Tour.