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These are the current course descriptions including any pre- and co-requisites.

ACT 210 - Accounting for Financial Decision Making
3 Credits
A study of basic concepts and fundamentals underlying the measurement, valuation, analysis and communication of financial accounting information to external users for decision making and problem solving. 

Co-requisites: CIS 107. 

ACT 220 - Accounting for Managerial Decision Making
3 Credits
A study of basic concepts and fundamentals underlying the planning, controlling and communicating of managerial accounting information to internal users for decision making and problem solving. 

Prerequisite: ACT 210 with a minimum grade of C-; or permission of instructor and division chairperson.

BUS 220 - Principles of Marketing
3 Credits
An introduction to the process of creating and fulfilling consumer and organizational needs through strategies involving the conception, pricing, promotion and distribution of ideas, goods, and services in a market economy.

BUS 221 - International Marketing
3 Credits
This course focuses on theory and practice of marketing across international borders with an emphasis on the development of appropriate marketing strategies applicable to foreign socioeconomic and cultural environments. Case studies are utilized. 

Prerequisite: BUS 220.

BUS 240 - Management & Organizational Behavior
3 Credits
This course focuses on the role of the manager in contemporary business and explores behavioral science concepts and research directed toward understanding human behavior and management within organizations.

BUS 250 - Legal Environment of Business
3 Credits
This course serves as an introduction to the American legal system, dispute reconciliation, and functions of the law. The emphasis is on understanding the functions of contracts in American business law. The course will examine the history and sources of American law, the legal systems and procedures, agency and employment, sales and other topics. 

Not open to students with credit in BUS 345.

BUS 343 - Human Resource Management
3 Credits
This course provides a broad understanding of the complex role of the human resource management function. Special emphasis is placed on demographic, professional and workforce trends that shape human resource management in contemporary business. 

Prerequisite: BUS 240, or BUS 305 for non-business majors, and junior or senior status. Not open to students with credit in BUS 243.

BUS 479 - CORE: Strategic Management
3 Credits
This course is the capstone learning experience for business administration, international business, finance, and accounting majors. It encourages a reflective search for truth in enterprise while focusing on how firms formulate, implement, and evaluate strategies. The course is designed to integrate student’s functional business knowledge including ethical considerations through an engagement with a significant research project.

The major learning challenge for students in this course will be to make and justify, through oral and written communication, subjective strategic decisions informed by extensive analysis and supported by the application of a variety of strategic tools. Finally, this course partners with the Career Development Center to provide students learning modules on resume preparation, etiquette, dress, and informational interviewing. 

Prerequisites: Completion of junior core seminar; BUS 220, 240, 343, 345; FIN 325. Not open to students who have completed BUS 498.

CIS 107 - Computer Applications
3 Credits
This course introduces computer literacy and electronic spreadsheets. Topics include computer systems, the Internet, functions and tools in electronic spreadsheets and their applications in business fields. 

Not open to students with credit for CIS 106, CIS 180, or CIS 203. Course will not apply to a major in Computer Information Systems.

CIS 234 - Database Management Systems
3 Credits
A study of relational database management concepts and features, including the creation, maintenance, and manipulation of database files using a current relational database management system. 

Not open to students with credit for CIS 204 and CIS 340.

ECN 207 - Principles of Microeconomics
3 Credits
A basic study of the decision making behavior of individuals, households, firms, industries, and other economic units regarding resource allocation. Students will explore how markets function to coordinate the economic activities of different economic units. Topics include scarcity, opportunity cost, demand and supply, consumption, production, market structures, and profit maximization.

ECN 208 - Principles of Macroeconomics
3 Credits
A basic study of the overall economy including inflation, unemployment, economic growth, money supply, national income, and government economic policies. It emphasizes the important measures used to determine an economy’s performance and explores the potential impacts of macroeconomic policy.

ECN 340 - International Economics
3 Credits
Analysis of the principles and practices of foreign trade, mechanisms of international finance and balance of payments, survey of commercial treaties, world trade institutions and the forces of globalization. 

Prerequisite: ECN 205 or ECN 207-208. Not open to students with credit for ECN 240.

FIN 325 - Managerial Finance
3 Credits
A study of the forms of business organization, the financial organization of business activities, and financial decision theory. 

Prerequisite: ACT 210 or ACT 205; ECN 205 or ECN 207-208; MTH 140.

GEO 125 - World Geography
3 Credits
An introduction to the academic discipline of geography; a comprehensive study of representative world regions. Interdisciplinary in content (culture, history, politics, economics, etc.), geographic in focus. This course fulfills the diversity, global, and multicultural requirement.

HST 106 - World History I
3 Credits
A study of the World history from the dawn of civilization to the early modern period. Areas of focus include the Near East, China, India, Japan, sub-Saharan Africa, Europe, and the Americas. This course fulfills the diversity, global, and multicultural requirement.

HST 107 - World History II
3 Credits
A continuation of World history from 1500 to the present in terms of the political, cultural, social, scientific, and religious events that have produced the Modern World. Special emphasis will be given to the development of nation-states and their policies of imperialism, the scientific and technological revolution, political and social revolutions, World War, capitalism, and the emergence of the global economy. This course fulfills the diversity, global, and multicultural requirement.

HST 370 - Africa and America: The Uneasy Partnership
3 Credits
Survey of the relationship between Africa, Europe and the Americas; examination of the cultures and histories of sub-Saharan Africa, the development of the slave trade, the middle passage, chattel slavery in the U.S., the Civil War and Reconstruction, racial thought in the U.S. from 1877, the Civil Rights Movement, the development of pluralism and contemporary issues of diversity in U.S. culture.

IBA 301 - World Economic Resources & Business Sourcing
3 Credits
This course is a study of the geographic locations of major economic resources in the world and the strategies developed by international firms for accessing them, and the establishment and maintenance of supply network management. It explains the off-shore location decisions by the resource-oriented industries, market-oriented industries, and manufacturing firms. It emphasizes the strategic and tactical objectives of out-sourcing. Lectures are complemented with case studies. 

Prerequisite: ECN 205 or ECN 107-208 or any course in business administration.

IBA 305 - International Business Environments
3 Credits
This course examines the influences of economic, political, legal, and cultural environments on international business operations and management. Such factors as religion, beliefs, language, legal, and political factors that influence management decision-making and strategies for dealing with them are discussed. Other topics include ethical concerns and corporate social responsibility. Case studies will complement class discussions. 

Prerequisite: ECN 205 or ECN 207-208 or any course in business administration.

IBA 311 - International Accounting & Finance
3 Credits
This course provides the students with an understanding of international accounting and accounting standards, the operation and functions of the foreign exchange markets and the strategies for financial risk aversion. It also discusses the importance of global capital markets as a major source of financing for multinational enterprises. Other topics include capital mobility, the roles of hard currencies in cross-border trades and investments. 

Prerequisite: ACT 220.

LNG 177 - Orientation for International Students
1 credit
Introduction to academic life in the United States generally and at ODU specifically. Normally taken by new international students within one year of matriculation. Must be taken pass-fail.

LNG 187 - International Experience
1 credit
Cultural experience of international dimension on campus, in the community or abroad. Applies as an activity course.

LNG 188 - Study Abroad
1-18 Credits
A registration designation for students who choose to study abroad for a semester or a full year. Courses taken abroad must have prior approval of the student's academic advisor and the Director of the International Office. When a student provides an official transcript of the work done abroad, LNG 188 is replaced by the courses taken at the foreign institution.

LNG 201 - Introduction to Linguistics
3 Credits
A study of the sounds, meanings, and structures of language; the nature, origin, and history of language and linguistics; language families, animal language, and language learning processes; dialects and their social implications.

LNG/COM 242 - Cross-Cultural Communication
3 Credits
An exploration of the ways in which cultural factors, including rituals, attitudes, values, beliefs, behavior, and cultural assumptions, affect communication. Topics include models of cultural effect, relationship of dominant and non-dominant cultures, religions, traditions, para-language, non-verbal communication, chronemics and proxemics.

Especially appropriate for majors in the areas of business, communication, criminal justice, sociology, social work, and education. This course fulfills the diversity, global, and multicultural requirement.

MTH 140 - Introduction to Statistics
3 Credits
An introduction to the basic concepts and computations used in statistical analysis as well as their application to problems in other disciplines, especially biology, business, education, and social sciences. Topics include the description of data graphically and numerically, the collection of data via samples and experiments, and the process of drawing inferences or conclusions from data.

The laboratory component of the course emphasizes conceptual understanding, interpretation of statistical quantities, and written/oral communication and will require the use of mathematical software. 

Prerequisite: MTH 102 or placement.

PHL 346 - Principles of Business Ethics
3 Credits
An introduction to traditional ethical theories in preparation for more advanced study of problems in social philosophy and business. 

POL 360 - Seminar: International Politics
3 Credits
Investigation of the major issues and concepts that inform world politics with special emphasis on developments since 1945; consideration of United States foreign policy and domestic political culture in light of World War II, the Shoah, the war in Vietnam; the development of international organization and international law. This course fulfills the diversity, global, and multicultural requirement.

SOC 379B - CORE: Global Ethnic Relations
3 Credits
This course seeks to empower students to become knowledgeable, caring, and active citizens in a diverse and often ethnically polarized world. The course examines multiple dimensions of global diversity (race, ethnicity, religion); common responses to differences including prejudice, discrimination, segregation, colonization, genocide and positive alternatives such as assimilation and egalitarian pluralism. We will examine ethnic relations in the U.S. and around the world through the lens of history. 

The course concludes with the ethical basis for seeking social justice via anti-discrimination work and strategies for dismantling discrimination and repairing strained ethnic divides at the individual, institutional, and societal levels. Students will have the opportunity to translate knowledge into action for social justice through a bridging cultures project.

Prerequisite: CORE 179 or appropriate transfer status; ENG 102 or ENG 111. This course fulfills the diversity, global, and multicultural requirement. This course partially fulfills the Social and Behavioral Science requirement. Not open to students with credit in SOC/SWK 346 or 279D.