Major in International Business

The international business major is an interdisciplinary degree administered by the Department of Business that combines courses in business, economics, foreign language and other areas to assure students adequate preparation for positions with global corporations, banks, government and other international organizations.

Cultivate Global Marketplaces

With courses in international accounting economics, finance and marketing and management, international business majors are highly encouraged to take advantage of the numerous opportunities to study abroad—supplementing their class work with first-hand experience in Europe, Africa, South America, and other continents around the world.

Major Requirements

Students selecting this major should work closely with their advisors. Students must take the following courses in addition to the core curriculum. A student must maintain a C or better grade in the core curriculum.

Required Courses

  • BUS 375 International Marketing
  • BUS 376 International Finance
  • ECO 314 International Economics or ECO 316 Comparative Economics Systems

Electives: Two Courses Required

  • BUS 310 Business Analysis Using Microsoft Excel
  • ECO 314 International Economics (if not taken as a requirement)
  • ECO 316 Comparative Economic Systems (if not taken as a requirement)
  • BUS 350 Cultural Diversity in Organizations
  • BUS 468 Internship in International Business
  • BUS 470 Seminar in Special Topics
  • BUS 490 International Business Travel/Study or International Travel/Study courses as designated from any major
  • BUS 492 Independent Study
  • COM 315 Intercultural Communication
  • PHL 310 Ethics and Business

Foreign Language Requirement

Knowledge of foreign languages and cultures is an important aspect of the international business major. International business majors are required to demonstrate a competency in a foreign language equivalent to a 300-level course in a foreign language. Fulfillment of this requirement is subject to the approval of the chair of the Department of Business and Economics.

International Studies

Variable credit will be awarded for foreign-based study as part of the international business major. Students are strongly encouraged to pursue some form of foreign-based study as part of the international learning experience. It is highly recommended that a student consult with the chair of the Department of Business and Economics prior to making arrangements to discuss the various study-abroad options.

The Minor

Students with a major in the Department of Business and Economics who wish to complete a minor in international business must take the following courses in addition to the business administration core and the requirements for their business major:

  • ECO 314 International Economics or ECO 316 Comparative Economic Systems
  • BUS 375 International Marketing
  • BUS 376 International Finance

Note: Students with majors in non-business areas, such as political science or geography, who wish to have a concentration in international business will need to take specific Department of Business and Economics prerequisites equivalent to a minor in business administration.

In addition to the requirements for an international business major, students must complete all of the requirements listed for the second major in the Department of Business and Economics.

Three courses in a specialized business major (e.g., accounting, finance, logistics and supply chain management, management, marketing) are required.

Note: Course minors in non-business areas (e.g., foreign language, political science and geography) are by interdepartmental arrangement.

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