SC State’s Department of Business Administration Introduces International Business Minor

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

SC State University Department of Business Administration was recently awarded a United States Department of Education Business and International Education grant (BIE) to assist with the launch of an international business minor at SC State.

The grant, entitled “Engaging Globalization through Curriculum Development,” supports study abroad opportunities for students and assists with SC State faculty development in international business and community outreach. The total value of the grant is $359,207.00.

“Globalization is having a huge impact in our society. It is important for our students to become exposed to ideals and learn about business opportunities outside of the United States,” said Dr. David Jamison, associate professor of Marketing and International Business minor advisor.

The four primary objectives of the BIE grant are:
• To infuse the business curriculum with additional international content through the creation and delivery of new and enhanced courses in international business.
• To inspire students to pursue studies and careers in international business by offering a minor in international business supported by enhanced international study and travel opportunities.
• To enhance faculty expertise in the field of international business through training, teaching and travel opportunities.
• To create partnerships with businesses in the community which takes advantage of the emergent international business focus and faculty and student expertise at the University.
SC State has been awarded the BIE grant three times, in the past twelve years. In 1996, the grant was awarded to assist SC State faculty with the development needed to teach international business under the business education curriculum. The grant was awarded in 2002 to assist SC State in community outreach efforts.

This year’s grant, which is available through 2010, was awarded to develop an international focus in the business education curriculum. Between twenty-five and thirty BIE grants are awarded nationwide each year. SC State is the only Historically Black College and University (HBCU) to receive the grant this year.

“It is an honor for SC State to receive this grant. The development of the International Business minor is an important step in increasing the University’s educational offerings. Through this program our graduates will become globally aware and internationally engaged,” said SC State President George E. Cooper.

SC State’s international business minor has been approved and is currently available as an enrollment option for students. Additionally, SC State students who declare the international business minor are eligible to receive scholarships to participate in international study abroad programs currently being planned in Africa, Brazil, China, Europe and other locations.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to be exposed to other cultures as they will gain knowledge of new languages, skills and attitudes of global business programs,” said Dr. Jamison.

SC State professors, Dr. Renu Sigh, international marketing and Dr. Gouhua Ma, international finance, were significant contributors in SC State’s attainment of the grant.

For more information about SC State’s international business minor, contact Dr. David Jamison at (803) 536-8443 or djamison@scsu.edu.