International Business

Program Information

Degree Type: 
Associate in Business

Emphasizes how globalization integrates people, companies, and governments of different nations. Explores how globalization affects the environment, culture, political systems, economic development and prosperity, and societal well-being. Examines the benefits and costs associated with globalization and the impact of international trade, foreign investment, and information technology.

Learning Outcomes: 
  • Define international business (trade and investment) and explain various terms, concepts, and theories that describe the ongoing economic integration and interdependency of countries worldwide.
  • Analyze the impact of conducting business internationally with respect to accounting, management, marketing, finance, logistics, and supply chain management.
  • Explain the political, legal, economic, and cultural differences of foreign countries and assess their impact on business performance.
  • Create effective business documents following the principles of business communication.
  • Recognize professional business behavior as well as effective office communications.
  • Exhibit computer literacy.

Degree-Specific Requirements

All students receiving an Associate Degree are required to meet Degree-Specific Requirements AND General Education Requirements. Courses listed in the Required Core and/or Required Support Courses may also be used to fulfill Degree-Specific and General Education Requirements. Developmental courses (those numbered below 100) cannot be used to fulfill these requirements.

Attention: It is the student's responsibility to review the entire program form before making course selections for registration purposes. The College recommends that students meet with an advisor or counselor well in advance of registration deadlines and before making course selections.

General Education Requirements: 

The following courses are required in this program and satisfy HFC’s General Education Outcomes for this program. Students who change their program will need to confirm in advance that they are completing all required courses for their specific program of study, including additional General Education courses. All Associate in Business degrees require at least 15 credits total, including at least three credit hours from each of the five areas below. For this program:

  1. Civil Society & Culture: Complete one:

  2. Communication: Complete:

  3. Computer Technology: Complete:

  4. Critical Thinking & Information Literacy: Complete one:

  5. Quantitative Literacy: Complete:

NOTE: For this program, General Education minimum credits: 15

Degree-Specific Requirements: 

Fulfill the Required Core and Required Support Courses for this program.

Elective Courses

No elective courses are required, but the following is of value to many employers:
Minimum Credit Hours: 
Minimum Number Of Credits To Graduate: 
61.0 (Including Options/Electives)

Requirements are Subject to Change

The information represented here is for the current catalog year. If you were admitted prior to this year, please check your requirements under the Program Evaluation section of WebAdvisor.

Other Information

Year Established: 
Program Code: 


Business and Computer Technology Division: 313-845-9804,, Technology Bldg, Room: E-211
Paul Fisher: 313-317-1763,, Technology Bldg, Room: E-211J

Transfer Information

Transfer Options/Requirements: 

The College has articulation agreements and/or transfer guides to help students who want to transfer to other institutions once they have completed their studies at HFC. Articulation agreements ensure that graduates from HFC can transfer to another institution and work towards a bachelor’s degree without a loss of coursework completed at HFC. Transfer guides denote the transferability of HFC coursework toward specific degree programs at other institutions. It is important that students who intend to transfer to another institution consult the appropriate articulation agreements and/or transfer guides to ensure the transferability of the courses they take to the institution they plan to attend. Articulation agreements and transfer guides are available on the HFC Transfer Resources page. For additional resources and assistance with transferring, students are encouraged to work with HFC’s University Transfer, Advising, and Career Counseling Center (313-845-9612,, Learning Resource Center). Students enrolled in this program frequently transfer to institutions such as:

  • Eastern Michigan University