ERIC Number: ED367230
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
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International Business and Liberal Arts Education: Building a Better Mousetrap.
Lewis, Jeanne G.; Roth, Margarete M.
American business education results in practitioners with high-level business skills but lacking the broader knowledge and habits of thought that enable them to use these skills in the complex global marketplace. This knowledge should include familiarity with the economic, political, social, and cultural diversity that is part of the human heritage, and an understanding of how these factors structure the contexts in which business is done. With these considerations in mind, Illinois Benedictine College constructed a multidisciplinary program combining traditional functional instruction with discipline-based instruction in international history, comparative economics, and other relevant international social sciences and humanities, including an 18-hour foreign language requirement. Many special courses were developed by the history, political science, economics, and language departments; some were team-developed and/or team-taught. The major builds an understanding of the nature of culture and cultural processes that can be applied to specific social and cultural systems. Some area-specific culture and business courses are also offered. Two additional programs developed include weekend minicourses outlining social and cultural contexts of business in specific countries, and a 5-year program that allows students in some majors to earn a master's degree in business with 1 year of additional enrollment past the bachelor's degree. (JDD)
Descriptors: Area Studies, Business Administration Education, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Context, Cultural Influences, Curriculum Development, General Education, Global Approach, Higher Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, International Studies, Liberal Arts, Majors (Students), Skill Development
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
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Identifiers: Illinois Benedictine College
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Eastern Michigan University Conference on Languages and Communication for World Business and the Professions (12th, Ypsilanti, MI, April 1-3, 1993).