- Roxanne Hoch ’15
- Hometown: Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
- Major: International Studies
While taking Elementary Chinese, I had the opportunity to practice traditional Chinese calligraphy. This was my absolute favorite part of class because it shows that there is not only a difference in the way words are written (characters versus letters), but also a difference in the method of how the language is written. Calligraphy is a traditional part of Chinese history and culture, and being able to practice it myself made me respect that aspect of the Chinese culture even more. It is no easy feat to write using a calligraphy brush!
International Business and Economics Learning Objectives
Almost every business in the United States is international in some manner. Customers and suppliers of even very small businesses may be in other countries. With a strong business background and knowledge of international relations, students can expect to succeed in the international world of business.
Coursework at Mount Union includes management, economics, marketing, and even business law. In addition, International Business and Economics majors will study any one of the foreign languages offered. Through the study of a foreign language, not only will students develop meaningful language skills, but they will also gain insight into the culture of those speaking that language. A unique aspect of international business is the need to understand and adapt to the culture and business customs of others.
Many jobs in international business involve sales and marketing, at least at the entry level. If you are interested in a government position, the International Trade Administration includes job titles such as international trade specialist, international economist, economist, and import compliance specialist. Graduates may also be interested in transnational public and private organizations, such as multinational corporations, banks, shipping firms, air transportation.
An education in International Business and Economics is not complete without an experience outside the United States. As part of their education, students will study abroad and earn at least six credits in an international university. These experiences have been life changing for many students and significantly broaden their perspective about other cultures and prepare them well for a career in International Business.
International Business and Economics Learning Objectives:
- Students will be able to demonstrate their knowledge of International Business.
- Students will be able to think critically and solve business problems.
- Students will be proficient in oral and written communication in business settings.
- Students will demonstrate an awareness of their role in the global environment.
- Students will develop their own personal values.
- Students will possess a sense of responsibility and a capacity for service.
- Students will be able to recognize when change is appropriate, be able to adapt to change as it occurs, and to take the lead in creating needed change.
- Students will have a view toward balancing work, recreation, family, and relationships.
- Students will have an understanding of their personal interests, abilities, strengths, and weaknesses as they pertain to career and life alternatives.
- Students will establish clear and actionable career objectives.