International Business Cases, Business in the EU, & Religion in the Low Countries


(Updated 10/7/13)


Program Name:

Rhodes International Business Cases, Business in the European Union and Religion in the Low Countries

Course Credit:

A total of 8 credits will be earned for the successful completion of the program. 

BUS 483: Advanced International Business Cases (pre-requisite: one of the following: 351, 361, 362, 371).  Counts as Major Credit

BUS/IS 283: Introduction to International Business Cases (If taking this for IS 283, ECON 100 is a pre-requisite).  Counts as IS Major Credit

RELS 258: Protestant, Catholic, Jew, and Muslim: Intersections in the Low Countries, 1000-2000+.  Counts as Major/Minor Credit

Foundations Credit for F1, F9, and F11

Location and Dates:

Headquartered in Antwerp, Belgium May 12-June 5, 2014

Eligibility Requirements:

Students must possess a GPA of 2.0 and be in good academic and social standing.

Program Description:

Professor John Planchon will continue to teach the four-credit course in International Business Cases, combining case studies and business site visits. In addition, Professor Gail Streete will teach RELS 258: Protestant, Catholic, Jew and Muslim: Intersections in the Low Countries, 1000-2000+. International Business Cases will continue to focus on industries where Belgium and France have historical advantages and expertise, for example, diamonds, beer, printing, weaving, champagne, transportation and chocolate.

RELS 258 will be integral to the study of international business in Belgium and France. Many of the sites we visit are not only important to business and politics in the European Union but are also related to the religious history of the area. For example, why are Orthodox Jews in Antwerp traditionally involved in the diamond business? Why are the life and paintings of Peter Paul Rubens so closely associated with the tensions between Catholic and Protestant countries in Europe? Why is the history of printing and one of the most important publishing houses, Plantin-Moretus, intertwined with the rise of humanism and the printing of Bibles in the vernacular? Why is the city of Reims important not only for champagne but to the conflict between Catholics and Protestants in England and to the production of conflicting English translations of the Bible? Why is Islam one of the fastest-growing religions in Europe and what impact does this have upon Muslim integration and assimilation into European political, economic and social life?

We are very excited about how these two independent courses work together to help students contextualize religious history and contemporary international business’s environment.


Professor John Planchon