Siloam Springs, Ark (February 10, 1997) - It has been nothing but business for John Brown University's division of business. After much work on the new catalog for 1997-99, the division announced it will offer several new programs, including an international business degree and an emphasis in private accounting.

The international business degree is designed for students interested in administrative and intercultural studies. The program will prepare students to function effectively in international and multicultural business contexts. Students studying international business will have opportunities to participate in overseas study and international internships.

Business students will also be able to acquire an international business concentration, and any student can earn their minor in international business.

"The whole issue of international business is important," said Dr. Joe Walenciak, associate professor of business and chairman of the division of business. "Globalization of our daily lives isn't going away."

The new courses for the international business degree include: international marketing, international finance, international commercial law and international strategic management. New supporting courses will be cultural anthropology and cross cultural communications.

The division is currently in the process of recruiting a new professor to take "total leadership in the area of international business," Walenciak said.

The new private accounting track of the business division will require 124 hours for those students who want to enter the field of financial or managerial accounting in the private or governmental sector. These students plan to become Certified Management Accountants. The private track will be an addition to the public accounting track for students seeking to become a Certified Public Accountant.

"The new private accounting track will be a good professional option for people," Walenciak said. This track allows for students to pick a business concentration or a minor in any area of the university.

" I am very excited about these changes," said Dr. James Holliday, vice president for academic affairs. "Dr. Walenciak and the business division have done an excellent job reviewing the curriculum and getting input from students and alumni."

"We have a mission of training Christians in the business world. Now we have the potential to do this on a broader scale," Walenciak said.

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