International Business

A major in international business prepares students to understand and apply business skills in cross-cultural and global contexts. Students gain a competence in conducting business within and between markets and the environmental forces and policies that shape them.

Students choose between International Business Regional Studies or International Political Economy and Business. International Business Regional Studies Major gives students the opportunity to focus on the politics and economics of a particular geographical region. The International Political Economy and Business Major provides a global perspective on international business and trade and requires either study abroad or an internship.

Each major requires 18 credits (outside of the language requirement), three credits of which can count toward another McDonough School of Business major and six credits of which can, where applicable, count towards the Liberal Arts Core/Elective requirement and the successful completion of Language Proficiency equivalent to an intermediate level language (when starting with beginning level, a minimum of 12 credits or 4 semesters; note that some languages require up to 24 credits e.g., Chinese and Arabic).

International Business Regional Studies Major

  • STRT-3260: International Business
  • STRT-4270: Advanced International Business
  • Two Regional/Area Courses (six credits)- The area courses should be courses specific to a single region.  (Approved Area Studies Courses)
  • Choose six credits from the following list:
    • BADM-4090: Global Business Experience¬†(application required for BADM-4090)
    • FINC-3105: Global Financial Institutions (1.5 credits)
    • FINC-3250: International Finance (1.5 credits)
    • MARK-3229: Marketing Across Borders
    • MGMT-3205: Intercultural Communications
    • OPAN-3280: Global Supply Chain Management

International Political Economy and Business Major

  • STRT-3260: International Business
  • STRT-4270: Advanced International Business
  • ECON-2543: International Trade
  • One Politically-Focused Course (three credits): GOVT-2601: International Political Economy or INAF-2252: Intro to Econ & Pol Development or STRT-2265: Business Government Relations (STRT-2265 may not count toward both Business Core and IPEB Major)
  • Complete one additional three credit internationally focused course from an approved international study abroad program, an internationally focused internship, approved by the IPEB major advisor, with concurrent enrollment in MGMT-4950, or BADM-4090: Global Business Experience (application required for BADM-4090)
  • Choose three credits from the following list:
    • BADM-4090: Global Business Experience (course can not double count to another IPEB requirement) 
    • ECON-2544: International Finance
    • FINC-3105: Global Financial Institutions (1.5 credits)
    • FINC-3250: International Finance (1.5 credits)
    • MARK-3229: Marketing Across Borders