Global Expansion of the Business Mind

Ever hear the phrase, “think global, act local”?  This course will help you appreciate the true meaning of this statement as you learn about British and European cultures from a business perspective.  You will gain insight about international commerce by living in London and immersing yourself in this interdisciplinary course of business study.  Through this course you¹ll get a firsthand look at the global economy by visiting several British and European businesses. While your eyes open to assess economic conditions, fiscal/monetary policy, international accounting regulations, and governmental structures in the UK and the EU, you¹ll also learn about the impact of social and cultural factors on international management and marketing. Planned field excursions will allow you to observe the British and European systems at work, with visits to institutions like the Bank of England, UBS, Lloyd¹s of London, Jaguar, the British Parliament, and the Heineken Brewery.  Supervised research will involve analysis of a global business issue or a comprehensive international business case study.

Course details

  • ACC 498/499 or 598/699 (6 semester hours)
  • FIN 498/499 or 598/699 (6 semester hours)
  • MGT 498/499 or 598/699 (6 semester hours)
  • MKT 498/499 or 598/699 (6 semester hours)
  • LondonAWAY! experience: Amsterdam for 4 nights
  • Prerequisite: Managerial Accounting or Principles of Finance; Fundamentals of Management or Principles of Marketing, Consent of Instructor

Course syllabi

2014 Business Syllabi.pdf

Meet the Instructors


Prof. Amber T. Cole, CPA
The University of Southern Mississippi

Dr. Nathan Harness








Dr. Nathan Harness
Texas A&M, Commerce

Dr. Nathan Harness is assistant professor of finance and coordinator of international studies at Texas A&M-Commerce.  Prior to joining the faculty at Texas A&M-Commerce he taught investment planning and asset management at the University of Georgia. Harness received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Arkansas and his
Master’s and Ph.D. in personal financial planning from Texas Tech University.  He has written numerous research articles on wealth accumulation, financial heuristics, and retirement planning.  He has always been passionate about travel and other cultures which led to him teaching in the British Studies Program starting in 2010.  He currently resides in Rockwall, Texas with wife, Caitlin, and son, Harrison.

Dr. Russ Willis












Dr. Russ Willis
The University of Southern Mississippi

Dr. Russ Willis is a professor of practice of Management and International Business at the University of Southern Mississippi. Willis joined Southern Miss in 1992 and has held various administrative positions at the university including Director of Human Resources and Vice President for Administrative Affairs.  He holds a JD from the University of Florida and teaches courses in Management, Human Resource Management, Professional Ethics, and Legal issues. Willis has presented at numerous conferences on HR management topics including anti-discrimination law, immigration law, employee assistance programs, ethics in the workplace.

Dr. Melinda Andrews















Dr. Melinda Andrews
The University of Southern Mississippi

Dr. Melinda McLelland has been an assistant professor of marketing in
the College of Business at the University of Southern Mississippi
since 2008. She is a former BSP student and has been involved with the
BSP program as a faculty member since 2011. Dr. McLelland graduated
from Southern Miss and earned her Ph.D. from Florida State University.
She primarily teaches courses in Consumer Behavior and Marketing
Research. She has a new baby boy and lives in Hattiesburg with her
husband Marcus.