International Commerce & Policy Course Descriptions

ICP Courses
ECON 623 International Economics (3 credits)
The gains from international trade including the effects of growth and development on a nation's welfare are examined.  Also explored are tariffs and other trade restrictions, the international mobility of capital and labor, and the historical development of multilateral trade agreements.  Balance of payments, accounting, foreign exchange markets, and international monetary institutions are also covered.  
ICP 610 International Commerce & Policy: Case Studies (3 credits)
Introduction to commerce and policy concepts and terminology using analysis of case studies to build business and policy vocabulary, develop negotiation and cultural skills, and integrate business concepts for use in the ICP program. Requires individual and team projects involving written and oral presentation using current software technology.
ICP 614 International Marketing (3 credits) 
Strategies involved in developing and establishing successful businesses in an international arena, along with marketing and distribution opportunities and challenges.  Uses the case study method, including the role of technology, to examine and analyze issues and to guide decision strategies in specific global environments.
ICP 615 New Venture Creation (3 credits)
Hands-on experience in the creation and development of a growth-oriented venture.  Focuses on developing skills conducive to venture success, including organizing, planning, integrating, persuading, and team building.  Students analyze award winning plans, receive advice and insight from experts, and generate plans that are judged by professionals.  
ICP 616 Import and Export: Planning and Procedure (3 credits)  This course will focus primarily on the knowledge, skills and insight needed to manage imports and exports in order to achieve an organization's strategic objectives. Companies acknowledge the need to export and compete internationally as a means of locating new customers and expanding beyond a domestic market.  To do so companies intending to or currently trade in the world market must hire staff that is knowledgeable and qualified in this area.  
ICP 620 Cross-Cultural Management (3 credits)
A study of the emerging field of international management as the practice of applying management concepts and processes in a uniquely multinational environment. Emphasis will be placed on culture-based behaviors and cross-cultural comparisons along with the theories which underpin international management principles.
ICP 621 Organizational Leadership & Team Development (3 credits)
Defines qualities of a true leader, with the goal of helping individuals find their style of leadership. Deals with the difference between managing and leading, as well as the roles of coaching and mentoring in leadership. Motivation, communication, visioning, team development, and situational-based leadership are covered.
ICP 650 World Bank Global Issues (3 credits)
Curriculum designed to promote a better understanding of economic development, global competition, international trade, and public policy among students of the social sciences, international development, public policy, and business.  Seminars are led by world-known experts and researchers at the World Bank having firsthand knowledge and experience in global issues.  Seminar speakers lead part of the discussion on policy relating to these studies, which gives them an interesting point of view for students participating in the series.  Fall only.  
ICP 661 International Political Economy (3 credits) (Also offered as POLS 661)  An exploration of the interplay of political and economic factors behind issues from world trade, flow of capital and jobs, to bilateral economic relations.  Review of classic and modern literature in the field of international political economy followed by application of major theories to contemporary international problems.
ICP 662 International Competitiveness, Politics and Policy (3 credits)
Inquiry into governance problems of public managers and political leaders as they cope with global competitiveness in areas such as technology innovation and transfer, national security , trade policies, capital flow and regulations, human resources, immigration policies, education, and regional development policies and strategies.  Focus is on the the U.S. role and policies.  
ICP 663  Comparative Public Policy (3 credits)
An overview of similarities and differences across countries and cultures in policies related to law, health, education, government, commerce, religion, and other dimensions that impact international engagement.
ICP 670 Law and Legal Principles (3 credits)
(Also offered as LS 670, PE 671, and PSY 670) An introduction of American Law and the American Legal System through analysis of history, structure, tools, rules, and composition of the courts in the United States all of which provides a basis for comparison to the laws and legal systems of other nations.  Students will begin to learn how to read, study and brief legal cases.  
ICP 671 International Business Transactions (3 credits)
Explores the practical aspects of conducting international business transactions as well as the workings of international systems such as the general Agreement of Tariffs and Trade. Areas covered include unfair foreign competition; anti-dumping duties; subsidies and countervailing duties; regulating international investment; technology transfer; and regulating the multinational corporation.
ICP 678 International Commerce and Trade Law (3 credits)
Regulations imposed by governments and international institutions on transnational commerce.  Reviews principal regulatory bodies in the U.S. and overseas, and powers and authorities.  Covers tariffs and customs regulations; product safety and environmental restrictions; intellectual property, copyright, trademark and patent regulations; and licensing rules.  Topics may also include regulations involving taxation, pricing, and foreign exchange, alliances, and acquisitions.  
ICP 686  Internship in International Commerce and Policy (1-3 credits) Placement in work setting related to international commerce and policy, requiring a minimum of 100 contact hours.  Prerequisite: 9 credits of coursework in the ICP program and approval of the Dean of the Graduate School.  S/U grade only.  
ICP 689 Professional and Career Development (0-1 credits)
(Also offered as LS 689, PE 689, or PSY 689) Encourages students to reflect upon their career goals, strengths, and challenges as they plan their entry into the job market, and to develop successful skills and strategies for a job search.  Includes resume and cover letter preparation, networking, interviewing, approaching references, and other topics relevant to preparation for either career advancement, including further graduate study.  S/U grade only.  
ICP 690 Advanced Topics in International Commerce and Policy (0-3 credits)
Specialized topics dealing with current and relevant areas of study related to international commerce, law politics, business, and culture issues.
ICP 692 Research in International Commerce and Policy (3 credits)
Guided research under faculty supervision on a topic related to international commerce, business, relations, policy or law.  Maybe empirical or literature based.  Final paper required.  Prerequisite:  12 credits of ICP course work and approval fo the Dean of the Graduate School. 
ICP 795 Master's Thesis (3 credits)
Supervised research or project for master's thesis.  Written report must adhere to appropriate style of the discipline (e.g. APA, MLA, etc.) and should be of publishable quality.  Final copy must be approved by all members of the thesis committee and filed with the Graduate School Office.  Prerequisite: ICP 692 or 695 with a grade of A/A- or Dean's approval.  
LS 604 Intensive English Language (4 credits)
Intensive English Language instruction for nonnative English speaking international students.  Focus may be on communication skills or reading and writing.  Prerequisite: TOEFL score of 550 or higher, or instructor's approval.
LS 605 English for Business-For non-native English students only (3 credits)
Preparation for business terminology for understanding academic lectures, making oral presentations, leading discussions and negotiations, reading scholarly books and journals, and writing appropriately for courses in business and commerce. Focus on reading and comprehension strategies and on the analysis and preparation of case studies. Includes visitation to local businesses as well as interaction with business professors and students.
LS 608 Professional Writing and Research (3 credits)
Development and preparation toward writing a major graduate level paper, literature review, research study, or thesis.  With focus on a particular theme or topic related to their area of concentration or program, students develop a thesis, design a study, and collect and analyze information or data as appropriate.  Students may choose the S/U grading option.