The certificate program in international management studies is an interdisciplinary program offered by the Department of Management in the School of Business and the School of World Studies in the College of Humanities and Sciences. The certificate program combines international management, foreign languages and European studies into a unique program intended to equip students for careers in international business. Students concentrating in liberal arts or business programs, as well as other majors, are encouraged to apply.

Certification through this program requires 33 to 36 hours of approved credits from the list of courses given below. Students may enroll in this program and take courses while enrolled in another undergraduate program at the university, but must choose the same country track for European studies and foreign language courses.

For more information, contact Charles M. Byles, D.B.A., of the Department of Management at (804) 828-7125 or cmbyles@vcu.edu, or Patricia Cummins, Ph.D., of the School of World Studies at (804) 827-0958 or pcummins@vcu.edu, or visit the program’s website: www.cim.bus.vcu.edu.

Course requirements

European studies

Select three of the following (at least one course must be specific to one of the following country tracks: France, Germany or Spain):9
Aspects of German Culture
French Regional Culture
French Contemporary Culture
The Postwar German Scene
Survey of European History
Postwar Europe, 1945 to the Present
History of France I
History of Germany I
History of Spain and Portugal
History of Women in Europe I
European Governments and Politics
Civilization of Spain II
Regional Geography of ____
Total Hours9

Foreign languages

Select one of the following language tracks:9
French:
Advanced Grammar and Writing
French Civilization and Culture II
Commercial French
German
Composition and Communication
Grammar and Writing
Commercial German
From Faust to Nazism: Civilization and Literature II
Spanish
Advanced Grammar and Writing
Civilization of Spain I
Commercial Spanish
Total Hours9

International management

MGMT   310Managing People in Organizations3
MGMT/INTL 418International Management3
SCMA 329/INTL   327Introduction to Intercultural Communication3
Total Hours9

Experiential learning

Select one of the following courses on ways to apply program content to international management settings:3
International Studies Internship
Topics in Management (Study Abroad)
Or an approved service-learning course from the following:
Advanced Grammar and Writing
Global Ethics and the World's Religions
Language Issues in the Spanish-speaking World
Or other approved courses
Total Hours3

Language/cultural immersion experience

Students must complete an approved language/cultural immersion experience by which they demonstrate the successful application of foreign language, cross cultural and management skills. This demonstration can be achieved through the following:

Select one of the following:0-3
An overseas internship
A service-learning course
Previous life experience
An approved study abroad program such as the following:
Topics in Management

Core course in international management

Students must complete the following integrative course, which should be taken toward the end of the program.

MGMT/INTL 419Doing Business in Europe3

Total minimum requirement 33-36 credits