International Business

  • Department Information

    International Business

    Thomas J. Cossé, Associate Dean for International Business Programs

  • Concentration

    The International Business Concentration

    In addition to satisfying the B.S.B.A. degree requirements, the international business concentration student also must satisfy international knowledge and international experience requirements. A grade of C or better must be earned in each course used to meet international knowledge requirements.

    International Knowledge Requirements

    These requirements consist of international business knowledge and international cultural and social knowledge.

    International Business Knowledge, five courses, including:

    IBUS 381 International Business Environment

    IBUS 411 International Business Strategy*

    *In lieu of BUAD 497.

    One course chosen from:

    FIN 462 International Financial Management

    or other international focused accounting or finance course approved by the associate dean for international business programs

    One course chosen from:

    MKT 325 International Marketing

    MGMT 333 Cross Cultural Management

    IBUS 390 International Business Issues

    or other international focused management or marketing course approved by the associate dean for international business programs

    One international economics course chosen from:

    ECON 210 The Economics of the European Union

    ECON 211 Economic Development in Asia, Africa and Latin America

    ECON 215 International Monetary Economics

    ECON 260 International Policy

    ECON 310 International Trade and Finance

    ECON 315 Advanced International Macroeconomics

    or other international focused economics course approved by the associate dean for international business programs

    Note: One course in international business knowledge from accounting, finance, marketing or management can apply to a second concentration.

    International Cultural and Social Knowledge, two courses, including:

    One approved course with an international focus from the humanities. A list of approved humanities courses is available on the international business website.

    One approved course with an international focus from the social sciences. A list of approved social science courses is available on the international business website.

    International Experience Requirements

    The international experience requirements consist of cultural experiences and a work experience.

    International Cultural Experience: Students concentrating in international business must complete two of three international cultural experiences:

    Successfully complete an approved university-level program of study in a foreign country for at least one semester;
    Demonstrate proficiency in a second language. This may be done by earning a grade of C or better in a 300 level language course or by earning a satisfactory score on an appropriate language proficiency examination. Students whose first language is not English typically meet the language proficiency requirement and should contact the associate dean for international business programs;
    Live in another country for at least 12 continuous weeks other than study abroad experience.

    International Work Experience: An international work experience is required for the international business concentration. This requirement may be met by completing an approved internship in the U.S. in an organization's international section, or by working in an organization located outside the U.S.

    Notes: Subject to prior approval of the associate dean for international business programs, working abroad may satisfy both the international work experience requirement and one of the two international cultural experience requirements.


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  • IBUS 381 International Business Environment

    Units: 1


    Introduction to field of international business: national economic and cultural differences; international trade policies and institutions; foreign direct investment; regional economic integration; international monetary system; global competition; current international business trends and developments.


    (ACCT 202 or ACCT 305) and Econ 102, and pre-business, BUAD, ECNB, or ACCT majors.

  • IBUS 387 Cross Cultural Awareness

    Units: .25


    Mechanism through which students can gain insights about their level of cultural adaptability in order to enhance their ability to interact with persons from other cultures and to effectively function socially and professional in the global economy. The short-term objective of the course is to enhance the study abroad experience. The longer¿term objective is to help them function more effectively domestically and globally in multicultural environments.


    Concurrent enrollment in study abroad.

  • IBUS 388 Selected Topics in International Business

    Units: .5-1


    Examination of major area of international business not routinely studied in other courses.


    Permission of instructor.

  • IBUS 389 Directed Independent Study

    Units: .5-1


    Independent research on an international business topic conducted under the direct supervision of a faculty member.


    Permission of the instructor.

  • IBUS 390 International Business Issues

    Units: 1


    Examination of a variety of international business issues. Recent topics have been national competitiveness and the global imperative; the truth about outsourcing. Specific topic determined by professor and announced during the registration period.


    At least junior standing; other prerequisites may be specified by instructor.

  • IBUS 411 International Business Strategy

    Units: 1


    Capstone course for the international business concentration. Readings and in-depth case studies on strategy formulation and implementation in the global business area. Emphasis on emerging competitive trends such as transnational enterprises and collaborative international business arrangements. This course may be completed in lieu of BUAD 497 Strategic Management.


    International Business 381 and senior standing.