Courses & Degree Programs
UF-CIBER supports an extensive array of courses and degree programs at colleges and centers across the university. Undergraduate programs provide both a broad introduction to international business (IB) for thousands of students and specialized, intensive opportunities for those seeking more in-depth knowledge. Graduate students receive advanced IB training through formal coursework as well as seminars, workshops, and research abroad. CIBER also offers instruction at all levels in more than 25 foreign languages.
AKA 1130, AKA 1131, Beginning Akan
With support from CIBER, UF is one of four U.S. institutions to teach Akan, a main language of Ghana, and the only school to offer instruction online. In this class, students will explore the language through the Akan dialect of Asante Twi. They will learn to use Akan in greetings and everyday conversation via in-class instruction and online content, including a free electronic textbook, free electronic dictionary, and instructional videos.
LAW 6936, Section 1B67, Seminar on Trade and Human Rights in the Americas
Although human rights law and trade law have developed well-established regimes through a series of negotiations on parallel tracks since World War II, there is increasing criticism from a variety of fronts that international trade rules are insensitive to basic human rights and that globalization has done little to alleviate the gap between rich and poor. Must trade and human rights regimes necessarily conflict? This seminar will explore the premises of the trade and human rights debate from the perspectives of both free trade advocates and human rights activists, with the purpose of imparting a better understanding of the rationales for both systems of law and the ways each is attempting to avoid a clash that could have profound impact on the protection of human rights and on the global market. Using actual examples from the 35 nations of the Hemisphere, the seminar will examine the effect of international trade on human rights policies in the Americas, including conscripted child labor, sustainable development, health promotion, equality of women, trafficking, indigenous peoples, poverty, citizenship, and economic sanctions.
To register, students should ask their department chair or adviser to send an e-mail giving them permission to take the course and advising that the course will count toward their degree requirements to the Law Registrar, Debra Hyatt (dhyatt at law.ufl.edu). If there are questions, please address them to Professor Powell (powells at law.ufl.edu).
ITA 3224, Il mercato dell'arte nell'era della globalizzazione (Business and Art in the Era of Globalization)
This one-credit-hour class is a CIBER-sponsored FLAC (Foreign Language Across the Curriculum) course taught entirely in Italian. Through the rich tradition of the arts in Italy, students will explore the interaction between business and art in the current global market.
CHI 4905, Section 1255: Asian Sports Marketing
Do you want to know how to market sports in Asia? Do you also want to know how to market Asian sports in the United States? Then sign up for the Asian Sports Marketing class in Spring 2012. This course is part of the Foreign Language Across the Curriculum (FLAC) program and will be taught in Mandarin/Chinese. In order to register for this course, you will need to be able to communicate in Mandarin.
JPN 4905: Japanese Business Culture
This course is designed for undergraduate students who wish to acquire a broader understanding of prevailing values, attitudes, behavior patterns, and communication styles in modern Japan in regard to conducting business in the future. The class explores cross-cultural issues and cultural values by reading essays from the perspective of Japan itself as well as from an external view, primarily that of Western society. Mutual assumptions, unconscious strategies, and different mechanics forming barriers to communication between Japanese and non-Japanese will also be investigated to understand how cultural and communication differences can create misunderstanding and breakdown among individuals as well as during negotiations between companies and countries. Other topics are also covered, including business etiquette, business communication, the structure and hierarchy of Japanese companies, gender issues, socializing for success in business, and strategies for creating and maintaining effective working relationships with Japanese counterparts. Students read several case studies on Japanese/American negotiations to understand how American managers or public officials negotiated successfully with Japanese counterparts, and what issues or problems were presented during negotiation.
ANT 4930/SSA 4930/AFS 4935: African Business Culture
Cross-cultural understanding is a key aspect in today's globalized business undertakings. Africa is no exception. How African culture affects communication, particularly in business interactions, is extremely important for a successful business undertaking in Africa. In this course, Dr. Charles Bwenge explores cultural aspects as they manifest in African business settings, including such aspects as public behavior, meeting etiquette, taboos, power, verbal and non-verbal communication, business negotiation styles, time orientation, dress etiquette, logical frameworks, and more. Cultural diversity of the continent is indisputable. Therefore, this course does not attempt to survey all countries in Africa, but rather to use selected cases to distill and feature certain themes of especially wide relevance.
ECO 4730: The Firm in the Global Economy
This course, taught by CIBER Director Dr. Carol T. West, uses a unique combination of lectures, case studies, readings, team projects and presentations to explore the investment and selling decisions of firms in international markets. By surveying the richness and diversity of global economics and business environments, students gain hands-on knowledge about strategic economic decision making by both well-established international firms and those seeking to enter global markets.
During the class, students work in teams to create a plan for a company to enter a new national market.
GEB 6930: International Business Study Tour: Argentina
CIBER Associate Director Dr. Andy Naranjo will conduct this course, which provides 25 students firsthand exposure to international businesses, business practices, markets and institutions. During spring break 2010, the class will visit important businesses, public institutions and cultural/historical sites in Argentina. CIBER Associate Director Dr. Terry McCoy will also accompany the group.
LAS 6295/5676: The Latin American Business Environment
This course, taught by CIBER Associate Director Dr. Terry McCoy, equips students with the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively assess Latin America's business environment—present and future—and to operate successfully in it. It examines the region's ever-evolving economic reforms and regional trade agreements and addresses the social, political and legal factors affecting business and investment. It also analyzes the business culture and how to operate in it.
Key questions addressed include: What will Latin America's future look like? How will it cope with the growing demands of the global marketplace and uncertain capital flows? Will stronger links to China offset the U.S. economic downturn? Which countries will do well, and what kind of companies can best manage the region's opportunities and risks?
Languages & Culture
Whether students seek to become fluent or simply conversant in a language and its culture, UF has a course to fulfill that need. In addition to traditional language classes, students can also take FLAC (Foreign Language Across the Curriculum) and CAC (Culture Across the Curriculum) sections, where language and culture are taught in conjunction with a course in another discipline (such as political science). In addition, UF offers instruction in several less commonly taught languages that the U.S. government has designated as "priority" (Priority languages below are denoted with *).
Foreign Languages Across the Curriculum (FLAC)
The FLAC program creates one-credit discussion sections conducted in a foreign language in conjunction with a course in another discipline.
Culture Across the Curriculum (CAC)
The CAC program is an alternative for business students unable to learn a foreign business culture as part of a program of foreign language study, but wanting more in-depth information than provided in an Intro to IB class. CACs, one-credit courses delivered in English, are offered in conjunction with a broad set of upper-division business classes and explore business culture and protocol of a foreign country.
For those unable to study a language extensively, UF offers language and culture instruction allowing students to gain the knowledge necessary to conduct business abroad successfully.
Business Languages Offered at UF:
Arabic*, Chinese*, French, German, Japanese*, Portuguese*, Spanish
Colleges & Programs with IB-Related Concentrations & Courses
- Warrington College of Business Administration
- Center for Latin American Studies
- College of Engineering
- College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
- Levin College of Law
- College of Journalism and Communications
- College of Health and Human Performance
- College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
- College of Design, Construction and Planning
- College of Pharmacy