Bachelor of Science in International Business

Overview

The major in international business provides students with the analytical tools and conceptual framework needed to understand the international financial, political, and economic environment; how that environment influences a firm’s strategy and performance; how culture plays a role in guiding a firm’s strategic activities; and how a firm can leverage home and host country resources to overcome challenges inherent in managing a multinational enterprise. The academic program allows students to understand international business from three interrelated perspectives: international economics and finance, international marketing, and international corporate strategy.  Students interested in a deeper knowledge of a single topic may choose to take most of their electives in either international finance, international strategy, or international marketing.

This field provides the basic academic foundations for entry-level positions in international business, particularly in multinational corporations, international banks, and governmental agencies. Such organizations include the Export-Import Bank, Overseas Private Investment Corporation, and the Departments of Commerce, State, and Treasury, in addition to international institutions such as the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation.

International Business Major Requirements

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 120 credits, including University General Education, pre-business, and international business major courses.

See below for requirements for international business as a second major.

Required
General Education courses
UW 1020University Writing
Two Writing in the Disciplines (WID) courses taken after UW 1020 and in separate semesters.
One critical analysis in the humanities course. 1
One scientific reasoning with lab course. 1
Pre-business courses
BADM 1001
BADM 1002
Business Leader Foundations I
and Business Leader Foundations II 2
or BADM 1003 Business Leader Foundations for Transfer Students
BADM 3001Business Leader Career Strategy
BADM 4001Business Leader Launch
DNSC 1001Business Analytics I: Statistics for Descriptive and Predictive Analytics
or STAT 1051 Introduction to Business and Economic Statistics
or STAT 1053 Introduction to Statistics in Social Science
or STAT 1111 Business and Economic Statistics I
or APSC 3115 Engineering Analysis III
DNSC 2001Business Analytics II: Predictive and Prescriptive Analytics
or STAT 2112 Business and Economic Statistics II
or STAT 2118 Regression Analysis
or ECON 2123 Introduction to Econometrics
or STAT 2123 Introduction to Econometrics
ECON 1011Principles of Economics I
ECON 1012Principles of Economics II
One of the following two-course sequences in mathematics: 3
MATH 1051
MATH 1252
Finite Mathematics for the Social and Management Sciences
and Calculus for the Social and Management Sciences
or MATH 1231
MATH 1232
Single-Variable Calculus I
and Single-Variable Calculus II
Business core courses
ACCY 2001Introduction to Financial Accounting
BADM 3501Financial Management and Markets
BADM 4801Strategy Formulation and Implementation
Two courses selected from the following:
BADM 2301Management Information Systems Technology
BADM 3103Human Capital in Organizations
BADM 3401Contemporary Marketing Management
or BADM 3401W Contemporary Marketing Management
BADM 3601Operations Management
BADM 4101Business Ethics and the Legal Environment
or BADM 4101W Business Ethics and the Legal Environment
International business major courses
BADM 1004The Age of Globalization
IBUS 3001Introduction to International Business
IBUS 3101Global Financial Environment
Seven courses selected from the following:
IBUS 3201International Marketing Management
IBUS 3301International Business Finance
IBUS 4202Regional Strategy for Multinationals
IBUS 4203Foreign Market Analysis
IBUS 4204The Cultural Environment of International Business
IBUS 4302International Banking
IBUS 4303International Monetary and Financial Issues
IBUS 4401Managing the Multinational Enterprise
IBUS 4402Managing in Developing Countries
or IBUS 4402W Managing in Developing Countries
IBUS 4403Oil: Industry, Economy, and Society
IBUS 4404Global Energy
IBUS 4900Special Topics
or IBUS 4900W Special Topics
Electives
In general, students complete 43 credits in electives courses, or the minimum necessary to reach 120 credits for the degree. A minimum of 18 of these 43 credits must be taken outside of GWSB. Electives may be numbered from 1000 to 4999. Electives may not include Lifestyle, Sport, and Physical Activity (LSPA) courses; they may include a maximum of one Health and Wellness (HLWL) course.
Students are strongly encouraged to choose electives that have an international component, including language courses and courses on regions, international public health, international development, political science, public and nonprofit, geography, and sustainability. Methodology courses also are recommended. Elective credits may also be used to earn one or more concentrations within the School of Business. Students may use electives for an additional concentration, a second major, or a minor.

See University General Education Requirements for a list of approved courses.

First-year students are required to take BADM 1001 and BADM 1002; transfer students are required to take BADM 1003.

3 Students should meet with a GWSB academic advisor to discuss other options for fulfilling the mathematics requirement.


International business as a second major requirements

Students who are pursuing international business as a second major are required to complete the following courses. Non-GWSB students may declare international business as a second major directly with their home school advisor; a signature from a GWSB academic advisor is not required. 

Required
BADM 1004The Age of Globalization
IBUS 3001Introduction to International Business
IBUS 3101Global Financial Environment
Seven courses selected from the following:
IBUS 3201International Marketing Management
IBUS 3301International Business Finance
IBUS 4202Regional Strategy for Multinationals
IBUS 4203Foreign Market Analysis
IBUS 4204The Cultural Environment of International Business
IBUS 4302International Banking
IBUS 4303International Monetary and Financial Issues
IBUS 4401Managing the Multinational Enterprise
IBUS 4402Managing in Developing Countries
or IBUS 4402W Managing in Developing Countries
IBUS 4403Oil: Industry, Economy, and Society
IBUS 4404Global Energy
IBUS 4900Special Topics
or IBUS 4900W Special Topics