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Our International Focus

Laredo, Texas is a multi-lingual, multi-cultural community that sits on the Rio Grande River that separates Texas and México. Across the river is another city named Nuevo Laredo, with an estimated population of about 500,000. Because of the commonality of the city names, frequently, the two cities are called “Dos Laredos.” Despite the widespread news and concerns of violence in Northern México, Laredo is a relatively safe community and its population growth flourishes.

The “International” component of our campus’ name is reflected broadly across the Antonio R. Sanchez, Jr. School of Business:

International Demographic Diversity of ARSSB Students

Within the ARSSB, for spring 2014, Hispanics accounted for about 85% of the total enrollment, with about 10% classified as International, and about 2.7% being White. Over the past eight years, the ARSSB has graduated 956 masters’ students from over 30 different countries. For our doctoral program, which began accepting students in 2005, 22 students have earned their Ph.D. in International Business Administration. These graduates from our Ph.D. program over this period of time came from 10 different countries. Likewise, the current doctoral program enrollment includes 20 students from 10 different countries.

International Demographic Diversity of the ARSSB Faculty and Staff

The ARSSB employs about 60 full- time faculty and staff. The College is very internationally diverse; even the two faculty divisions have ‘international” in their names. Currently the 36 faculty in the college come from 14 countries – Argentina (1), Brazil (1), Burma (1), China (4) , England (1), India (5), Iran (1), South Korea (1), Mexico (6), Nepal (1), Peru (1), Taiwan (2), United States (10), and Venezuela (1) – approximately 2 1⁄2 faculty per country of origin. With such diversity, a majority of our faculty are bi-lingual in English and one other language. Such diversity adds to the attractiveness for international students an international business education experience.

In addition to the 36 full- time faculty members, there are 22 full-time staff that work in the College. As the pool of available full-time staff is usually drawn from the local community and the surrounding area, the demographics of staff will typically be more homogeneous than that for faculty. Such is the case for the ARSSB. In the ARSSB, all but one of our full-time staff is Hispanic

International Aspects of ARSSB Degree Programs

Ph.D. in International Business Administration – as noted above, the students enrolled both past and present in our doctoral program are overwhelmingly international. This international diversity is related to the program being a Ph.D. in International Business, as well as the diversity of the faculty who are teaching in the doctoral program.

Existing Masters Programs – ARSSB offers three degree programs at the Masters level for business students: (1) MBA which has three concentrations to choose from – Management, International Business, and International Banking and Finance; (2) Master of Science in Information Systems (MS- IS), and the (3) Masters of Professional Accountancy (MPAcc).

MBA -- within the MBA program, we offer it face-to-face in English, online in English, and online in Spanish. Because of the international aspect of our programs, two of the three MBA concentrations – International Business and International Banking and Finance -- have their electives focused on international courses.

MS-IS -- our MS in Information Systems is a highly structured program that focuses on courses in information systems. It was recently revamped and is now designated as a STEM program. With this STEM designation, students are afforded the opportunity to extend their OPT (optional practical training) period from 12 months to 29 months. This change has resulted in a 200% increase in enrollment over the last 12 months from around 20 to 60. This program is particularly attractive to students from India.

MPAcc – this program attracts primarily locals – students from Texas – who are seeking to practice public accounting. Students are required to complete 30 SCH in this program. While it includes the International Taxation course, ACC 5355, the program focuses more on US Accounting.

Executive Certificate in International Trade and Logistics -- In response to the changing demands of stakeholders for state of the art training programs in international trade, the ARSSB, in collaboration with selected members of its Board of Advisors and other business leaders in Laredo, undertook a survey in fall of 2012. The aim was to determine the extent of need, and to investigate the desirability and feasibility of presenting an online certificate program by realigning the School’s existing curriculum. Results of that survey of 56 potential users of such a program indicated that 41% of respondents preferred a “Graduate Certificate” while 39% preferred an “Executive MBA.” Based upon this input, the ARSSB is embarking on an initiative to offer a fully online Executive Certificate in International Trade and Logistics, thus fulfilling its core mission in yet another form.

There is also a proposal to combine:

  1. TIL 5370 International Logistics , an existing course in catalog to be revised as to content,
  2. TIL 5311 Import Operations and Practice – newly approved course in catalog,
  3. TIL 5312 Export Operations and Practice – newly approved course in catalog, and
  4. TIL 5313 – Customs Broker License Preparation – course to be developed, and sent for approved for the catalog 
As a set of four elective choices, the plan is to create a new “International Trade and Logistics” concentration within MBA

Undergraduate Programs

Within the ARSSB, there is one undergraduate degree program – the BBA, offered with 1) Major in Accounting, (2) Major in Information Systems, (3) Concentration in General Business, (4) Concentration in International Economics, (5) Concentration in Finance, (6) Concentration in Management, and a (7) Concentration in Marketing.
All majors and concentrations for business students require the completion of 120 SCH. Included in the curriculum for every degree candidate in the ARSSB – whether the student has chosen a major or a concentration -- is the requirement of the completion of BA 3320 – International Business – a course in the CBOK. That is, all students in the BBA program must complete at least 3 SCH in International Business (BA 3320).

In addition to the required International Business Course, BA 3320, students in business can take other internationally designated courses as electives to complete their program. In the ARSSB, the college has, in addition to BA 3320, five other undergraduate courses that are specifically oriented to the study of international business: (1) ECO 3325 – Latin American Economic Issues, (2) ECO 4340 – International Economics, (3) FIN 4340 – International Finance, (4), MKT 4310 --International Marketing, and (5) TIL 3311 – Export/Import Operations. In summary, all business students are required to take at least 3 SCH in international business. Some concentrations, like International Economics Marketing, also have additional required international business courses, from 6 SCH to 9 SCH, with the Finance concentration having as one of its most popular chosen elective choices, FIN 4380, International Finance.

Study Abroad Experiences for Students in the ARSSB

The ARSSB offers a diverse set of learning experiences which include internships, exchange programs, workshops, conferences, and seminars which increase the knowledge, skills, and professional ethics of a new generation of future business leaders who will function in a diverse, sustainable and globally competitive environment. In addition to specific exchange program agreements with other universities, business students also travel abroad to study. These travel abroad experiences include those that are faculty-led, as well as those in which the student travels alone.

For the period fall 2013–summer 2014, a total of 23 ARSSB students did study abroad experiences in nine different countries–Argentina, Chile, China, the Netherlands, South Korea, Italy, Germany, Belgium, and Greece. In addition, a total of 15 students came to the ARSSB from universities abroad to study business.

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Other Select Texas A&M International University Academic certificates, degrees and programs that extend our University’s global and international mission include:

Certificate in International Leadership:
This is an academic certificate that includes three groups of 3-credit courses based on fostering understanding of the learning outcomes associated with International Leadership. Students must apply and meet criteria to earn the Certificate.
http://www.tamiu.edu/catalog/current/minor-intnlleadershp.shtml

Certificate in International Studies:
This Certification is intended for undergraduate students in various disciplines across TAMIU who are interested in pursuing careers in the Foreign Service, international institutions, non-governmental international organizations, and multinational corporations as well as those who recognize the importance of understanding international issues to virtually any career field.
http://www.tamiu.edu/binationalcenter/INC12.shtml

Certificate in Latin American Studies:
This Certificate allows students to enhance their skills and expertise with a broad knowledge of this primary geographical region. Completion of the requirements is certified by the Binational Center for Research, Education, Leadership, and Public Service (BINC) and the Office of the Registrar.
http://www.tamiu.edu/binationalcenter/INC12.shtml

Minor in International Leadership:
This is an academic program providing a minor for undergraduate students. It consists of 18 Semester Credit Hours courses and experiences in leadership, including communication, foundations of leadership, teamwork, international politics and transnational trends in communication, among others.
http://www.tamiu.edu/catalog/current/minor-intnlleadershp.shtml

The International Student Mentors Program:
ISMP is a peer support activity program which helps with the assimilation process of new international students to TAMIU and South Texas.
http://www.tamiu.edu/studentaffairs/imentor.shtml

TAMIU Trailblazers Program:
The TAMIU Trailblazers program is a co-curricular leadership initiative that serves as a student’s road map to success with co-curricular programs that compliment classroom learning. Activities are divided into five learning dimensions including The Global Perspective.
http://www.tamiu.edu/sole/Trailblazers.shtml