B.S. in Global Business

The Bachelor of Science in Global Business degree leverages successful business, language, and cultural courses within an experiential learning environment. Designed for students who want a strong business foundation taught by globally aware faculty, the BS/GB degree equips students for future success in international business. This degree program reflects the ever-changing and demanding global environment of business, government, and the aviation industry. The curriculum is focused in emerging markets and designed to provide graduates with the knowledge and skills essential to their successful entry into global business and society. Emphasis is placed on global awareness, cross-cultural literacy, effective communications, quantitative skills, social responsibility, information technology, critical thinking skills, teamwork, business functional skills, aviation/aerospace industry familiarity, and commitment to "lifelong" learning.

International cultures are studied with a focus on emerging markets and with an emphasis on global business practices, strategies, and values. Students complete a rigorous global business core along with a rich general education foundation. BS/GB Areas of Concentration include: Language and Culture (Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish) or Aviation and Aerospace. 

Active business/aviation related clubs on campus include Phi Beta Lambda (a business-focused organization providing students an opportunity to travel to state and national leadership conferences for participation in competitive events),  the American Association of Airport Executives (an aviation management-focused association, with prior travel to Chicago, Las Vegas, Toronto, Seattle, San Francisco, and Hong Kong), and the Aviation Business Networking Club (an organization for personal and professional development and networking).

Our students are encouraged to think beyond traditional academic boundaries and seek workplace and cultural experiences that will enrich and enlighten them on the evolving workplace and the global business environment. Unique internships and cooperative educational experiences are available and encouraged, with staff assigned to assist students in position identification and placement. Numerous summer-abroad experiences are available for students wishing to increase their international perspectives. Previous summer-abroad academic programs have been offered in Paris, London, Italy, Poland, China, Germany, Ecuador, Chile, Mexico, Brazil, and Singapore.

A Business Industry Advisory Board provides guidance on the needs of business, government, and the aviation industry. Department-sponsored tutoring and labs are available.

Dedicated faculty advisors assist GB students in evaluating the many opportunities available to them in this program. Some courses may require prerequisite subject knowledge or particular class standing. Course descriptions, included in this catalog, should be reviewed prior to registering for classes, to ensure proper placement.

Degree Requirements

The BS/BG degree requires successful completion of a minimum of 120 credit hours and is normally completed in eight semesters. Students may select an Area of Concentration in Aviation and Aerospace, Management, or Language and Culture with tracks in Chinese, Arabic, and Spanish. Students should declare their Area of Concentration at the beginning of their sophomore year. Students who participate in the Cooperative Education program may substitute up to 3 credit hours, if approved, toward the specified courses required in their Area of Concentration. Students enrolled in the Air Force or Army ROTC program may substitute AF or MSL courses for the open elective courses.

The Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Prescott Department of Business is a member of the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) and is in candidacy for accreditation. In order to be awarded a BS/GB degree, a student is required to complete a minimum of 80% of the business core and area of concentration in residence or transfer those credits from institutions approved by the Department Chair. The only business degrees that can be declared simultaneously are BS/BA or BS/ABA with BS/GB Language and Culture AOC.

General Education36-38
Business Core58
Area of Concentration15
Open Electives12-14
Total Credits120

General Education

Communication Theory and Skills9
Computer Science3
Humanities Lower-Level Course3
Social Sciences Lower-Level Course6
Humanities/Social Sciences Upper-Level Course3
Physical and Life Sciences (one course must include a laboratory)6-8
Total Credits36-38

Business Core

BA 121Software Based Bookkeeping1
BA 189Introduction to Business3
or BA 102 Introduction to Aviation, Aerospace and Global Business
BA 201Principles of Management3
BA 210Financial Accounting3
BA 311Marketing3
BA 319Managerial and Organizational Behavior3
BA 320Business Information Systems3
BA 325Social Responsibility and Ethics in Management3
BA 332Corporate Finance I3
BA 335International Business3
BA 340International Accounting3
BA 342International Finance3
BA 352Business Quantitative Methods3
BA 390Business Law3
BA 420Management of Production and Operations3
BA 437Strategic Management and Consulting3
BA 441Global Entrepreneurship and Trade3
BA 442Global Marketing Management3
EC 211Macroeconomics3
Total Credits55

Areas of Concentration

Mandarin Chinese

LCH 101
LCH 102
Mandarin Chinese I
and Mandarin Chinese II
or LCH 103 Chinese I and II
LCH 201
LCH 202
Mandarin Chinese III
and Mandarin Chinese IV
or LCH 203 Chinese III and IV
LCH/BA/EC/HU/RS/SS Upper-Level or Study Abroad (Dept. Preapproval) or 1-3 credit Internship3
Total Credits15


LAR 101Arabic I3
LAR 102Arabic II3
LAR 201Arabic III3
LAR 202Arabic IV3
LAR/BA/EC/HU/RS/SS Upper-Level or Study Abroad (Dept. Preapproval) or 1-3 credit Internship3
Total Credits15


LSP 101Spanish I3
LSP 102Spanish II3
LSP 201Spanish III3
LSP 202Spanish IV3
LSP/BA/EC/HU/RS/SS Upper-Level or Study Abroad (Dept. Preapproval) or 1-3 credit Internship3
Total Credits15

Aviation and Aerospace

Students may select any five of the following:
AS 402Airline Operations3
BA 322Aviation Insurance3
BA 324Aviation Labor Relations3
BA 327Airline-Airport Operations3
BA 408Airport Management3
BA 410Management of Air Cargo3
BA 418Airport Administration and Finance3
BA 425Trends and Current Problems in Air Transportation3
BIO 403Wildlife and Airports3
SF 320Human Factors in Aviation Safety3
SF 345Safety Program Management3
SIS 420Aviation Security and Technology3
Study Abroad or Internship (Dept. Approved)3
Total Credits15


BA 341Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management3
Management Designated Electives12
Students must select 4 Upper level BA/EC courses which reference "Management," "Managerial," or "Administration" in the course title or description. One of these courses may be satisfied by 3 credits of the following: CEGB 396 Co-op or Internship, BA/EC Study Abroad Course or any BA/EC Elective.
Total Credits15
Open Electives (may include UNIV101)12-14
Total Degree Requirements120

Suggested Program of Study

Freshman Year
BA 189 Introduction to Business 3
Introduction to Aviation, Aerospace and Global Business
BA 201 Principles of Management 3
COM 122 English Composition 3
EC 210 Microeconomics 3
BA 222 Business Computer Applications 3
MA 120 Quantitative Methods I 3
College Mathematics for Aviation I
College Algebra
SS 204 Introduction to Geography 3
Physical and Life Sciences 3
Any HU 14X Course 3
UNIV 101 College Success 1
 Credits Subtotal28.0
Sophomore Year
BA 121 Software Based Bookkeeping 1
BA 210 Financial Accounting 3
BA 335 International Business 3
BA 340 International Accounting 3
COM 219 Speech 3
COM 222 Business Communication 3
Technical Report Writing
Intelligence Writing
EC 211 Macroeconomics 3
MA 222 Business Statistics 3
Physical and Life Sciences with Lab 4
Open Elective 6
 Credits Subtotal32.0
Junior Year
BA 311 Marketing 3
BA 319 Managerial and Organizational Behavior 3
BA 332 Corporate Finance I 3
BA 342 International Finance 3
BA 352 Business Quantitative Methods 3
BA 420 Management of Production and Operations 3
Concentration Courses 6
Open Elective 6
 Credits Subtotal30.0
Senior Year
BA 320 Business Information Systems 3
BA 325 Social Responsibility and Ethics in Management 3
BA 390 Business Law 3
BA 437 Strategic Management and Consulting 3
BA 441 Global Entrepreneurship and Trade 3
BA 442 Global Marketing Management 3
SS 327 International Relations *3
Russian-U.S. Relations
U.S. - Asian Relations
The Modern Middle East in World Affairs
Studies in Middle Eastern History and Culture
Concentration Courses 9
 Credits Subtotal30.0
 Credits Total: 120

 The prerequisite course for SS 327 is SS 110, World History, which may be used towards the open elective requirement.

Embry-Riddle courses in the general education categories of Communication Theory and Skills, Mathematics, Computer Science, Physical and Life Sciences, Humanities, and Social Sciences may be chosen from those listed below, assuming prerequisite requirements are met with permission of advisor. Courses from other institutions are acceptable if they fall into these broad categories and are at the level specified above in the Global Business vertical outline. Other courses may also be used with permission of the Department of Business Chair.

Communication Theory and Skills9
COM 122English Composition3
COM 219Speech3
COM 222Business Communication3
or COM 221 Technical Report Writing
or COM 223 Intelligence Writing
Computer Science3
BA 222Business Computer Applications3
Humanities and Social Science12
HU 14X Lower Level Elective3
EC 210Microeconomics3
SS 204Introduction to Geography3
SS 327International Relations3
or SS 326 Russian-U.S. Relations
or SS 333 U.S. - Asian Relations
or SS 336 The Modern Middle East in World Affairs
or RS 306 Studies in Middle Eastern History and Culture
MA 120Quantitative Methods I3
or MA 111 College Mathematics for Aviation I
or MA 140 College Algebra
MA 222Business Statistics3
Physical and Life Sciences
Select two of the following (of which one must include a laboratory):6-8
Any BIO/CHM/PS/WX course, or3-8
SIS 220Investigative Methodology and Forensic Science4