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Monday, October 26, 2009

PITT-BRADFORD ADDS MINOR IN INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

MINOR IN INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

BRADFORD, Pa. – The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford has added a minor in international business to its academic offerings.

“It’s becoming increasingly important for all of us to have a global perspective, especially in business,” said Dr. Steven E. Hardin, vice president and dean of academic affairs.

The new minor will require students to complete courses in World Regional Geography, International management, Global Economic Systems, International Finance and International Marketing as well as exhibit basic proficiency in a foreign language and study abroad for at least four weeks.

Pitt-Bradford offers French and Spanish on campus, but will also accept prior fluency in another language or independent study using language-learning software.

Study-abroad opportunities will be coordinated by Pitt-Bradford’s director of international studies Isabelle Champlin, assistant professor of anthropology.

Of the study-abroad requirement, Lizbeth Matz, chairwoman of the division of management and education, said, “There’s nothing like leaving the country to understand different cultures.” She also noted that some scholarships are available for the study-abroad programs. In arranging for study-abroad opportunities, Pitt-Bradford can also take advantage of resources made available through the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for International Studies.

The new minor builds on a previously available concentration in the business management major. The creation of a minor, however, encourages students to study language and study abroad, allows them to show the specialization on their transcript and makes the program available to students in more majors, Matz said.

Because most of the courses required are upper-level courses that require prerequisites, she said most of the students who choose the international business minor will likely be majors in business management, accounting, entrepreneurship, hospitality management, or sport and recreation management.

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