The International Business major at Grace College combines language, culture and international travel with the study of business. This B.A. degree focuses on the human side of serving others as well as the sturdy foundation of our core business curriculum. Students combine business courses and can choose between overseas study or internships to complete the requirements of the major.
Relationships with colleges in Europe and the Far East provide exciting opportunities to study business in English or the national language of the host insititution. This major consists of courses offered in conjunction with the Foreign Languages and Culture Program as well as the Intercultural Studies Program. We believe that understanding culture is a critical component to successfully meeting the needs of others in foreign lands. Graduates also have a strong background in business, as international business students complete the same general business courses as other business majors.
Grace College has received specialized accreditation for its business programs, including International Business, through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) located at 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa, Kansas.
Examples of courses in this major:
An awareness of the global business environment is essential. This survey course introduces various facets of international business, its application to the domestic concern and national economy. Areas reviewed include the role and impact of multi-national corporations, cross cultural factors and global strategies.
The study of the principles of money, banking and credit with emphasis on monetary theory and policy and their role in domestic and international economics.
The course explores international finance in business, including strategy and motivation for direct foreign investment, international banking operations, lending and investment criteria, governmental programs to encourage exports, trade restrictions, foreign currency markets and exchange controls.
Students will examine the principles and processes of communicating effectively with people from a second cultural context, whether in multi-cultural U.S.A. or in other countries. The course will investigate functional perception and how cultural worldview, beliefs and values affect it through the personal perception of each individual. Students will explore how the shaping of the message, the style of communication and the use of communication networks help to penetrate different cultures with the gospel. Dangers of ethnocentrism and its affect on the cross-cultural communication process will be discussed. The principles examined are valuable for intercultural relations in any field of work.
The nature of humans and how culture affects them are explored with a view to how this, in turn, affects ministry in intercultural contexts. Worldview assumptions and resulting values, beliefs, behavior and attitutdes are studied as to how they affect people in their perception and understanding of the physical and spiritual world around them and, ultimately, their understanding of the Gospel. Social organization is examined as to how it affects ministry strategy, and the nature of culture change is investigated with a view to evangelism.
The individuals who will challenge you to learn:
B.A. in Communications, Grace College; Th.M. in Bible Exposition, Dallas Theological Seminary; D.Miss., Western Baptist Seminary
Tom Stallter has 18 years of missionary experience in the Central African Republic and Chad in the areas of church planting and development, leadership training, mission administration, and famine and economic relief. In addition to his teaching in the School of Ministry Studies, Stallter is the executive director of Grace Theological Seminary's Center for Korean Studies. Areas of research for Stallter include cultural intelligence, business as mission, multicultural worship, ethics in missions, cultural values, cultural identity assessment, culture discovery and matching missionary candidates to contexts. He is a member of the Evangelical Missiological Society and the National Ministerium of the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches. Stallter and his wife, Sharon, have three grown children and one granddaughter.
E.N.E.T., the Facultad de Arquitectura y Urbanismo diploma from the Instituto Biblico Palabra de Vida, Argentina; M.A. in Intercultural Studies, Grace Theological Seminary
Benjamin Navarro was born and raised in Argentina. After receiving his bachelor's degree, he taught Spanish in Buenos Aires for seven years before receiving an invitation to teach Spanish at Grace College in 1996. Since arriving at Grace, he has taught for the institution's Prison Extension Program at the Indiana State Penitentiary in Michigan City and at the Miami County Correctional Facility. He has been recognized multiple times in the Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. Navarro is active in his community, having served on the Board of the Kosciusko County Soccer League and participated in the planting of a Hispanic Ministry through his local church. He has spoken at conferences in Washington, California, Indiana, and also in Argentina, Uruguay, Panama, Mexico and Spain.
B.A. in Art Education, Grace College; M.A. in French, Middlebury College
Jacqueline Schram teaches French and also serves as the associate dean of students. In her role as professor, she oversees the language programs at Grace College, and in her role as dean, her responsibilities include coordinating the general education core curriculum. In addition, she also helps coordinate the Study Abroad Programs in Dijon and Paris. Schram was raised in France, where her family served on the missionary staff of Grace Brethren International Missions. She moved to the United States to attend Grace College and joined the Grace College faculty in 1992.
Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.), University of Kentucky; M.B.A., University of Cincinnati; Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
Kenneth McEwan joins the Grace faculty as full-time instructor of finance in the School of Business. He previously worked at Rolls-Royce Aircraft Engines. His last position there was director of Finance Business Partnering. Prior to this role, he was vice president of finance for the Helicopter Engines business and finance director for Engineering and Technology. McEwan also held finance positions at GM Military Vehicles Operation, GM Allison Transmission and at the University of Cincinnati as a teaching assistant. He has served as president of the Board of NICA ministries, when he supervised two missionaries in Nicaragua; as treasurer of the Woodruff Place Foundation; and was on the board of trustees at New Hope Christian Church. He enjoys golf, kayaking, hiking and cross-country skiing. Kenneth and his wife, Robin, have been married 31 years and have three children and three grandchildren.
Some of the positions you can obtain:
Prepare customs documentation and ensure that shipments meet all applicable laws to facilitate the import and export of goods. Determine and track duties and taxes and process payments on behalf of client. Sign documents under a power of attorney. Represent clients in meetings with customs officials and apply for duty refunds and tariff re-classifications. Coordinate transportation and storage of imported goods.
Analyze financial information of foreign currency rates within foreign banks in order to forecast business, industry and economic conditions for use in making investment decisions. Interprets data concerning price, yield, stability and future trends of investments.
Direct the actual distribution or movement of a product or service to the customer. Coordinate sales distribution by establishing sales territories, quotas and goals and establish training programs for sales representatives. Analyze sales statistics gathered by staff to determine sales potential and inventory requirements and monitor the preferences of customers.
Translates documents and other materials from one language to another. Reads materials and rewrites materials in a specific language or languages. May specialize in a particular type of material such as news, legal documents or scientific reports.
What others are saying:
As a finance executive with one of the local orthopedic companies where Grace is based, I've found the School of Business at Grace College to be unique in many ways. First and foremost, I find the passion for education and commitment to personal relationships that the faculty have with their students to be second to none that I've encountered in my many years of recruiting across college campuses. Second, the biblical integration into the curriculum by the faculty and members of the administration of the college is highly identifiable by the integrity and moral convictions exhibited by the students. Finally, the internship and eventual job opportunities available to the students in the School of Business include some of the best companies in the world as it relates to the area of accounting, finance and business.
- Bob Vitoux, former vice president of finance, Biomet Orthopedics, Warsaw, Indiana
I have been impressed with the level of commitment and enthusiasm of the School of Business faculty to the Grace College business students. It is refreshing to know that they are not only equipping our future business leaders with the knowledge and tools they need, but also instilling in them a value system based on biblical principles. We greatly need outstanding business leaders who reflect the values of the men and women of the Grace College School of Business, especially now in this current economic environment.
- Joan Darr, COO/CNO, Kosciusko Community Hospital, B.S. Nursing, 1967