International Business Major

2014-15 Undergraduate Academic Catalog


The International Business major provides students with the business acumen, cross-cultural awareness and international experiences required to function effectively in a complex global business environment. It emphasizes the acquisition of business knowledge and the development of international management skills through hands-on learning and experiential activities, including studying abroad and international internships. Coursework includes the common business core representing the functional disciplines  and an international focus on trade, finance, marketing and management.

The strong liberal arts and sciences requirements include an intermediate level foreign language proficiency, complemented by courses that expose students to the cultural heritage, diversity, history, religion, communication, environmental, political and other aspects of doing business across borders.  It is recommended that students combine the International Business major with a major in a traditional business discipline, which will provide the basis for the first step of a career that would involve international opportunities.


The following outlines the degree requirements for the International Business Major:

Select one course from the following: 4 sh
MTH 116 Applied Calculus  
MTH 151 Calculus I  
Must complete the following LSB core requirements:  
ECO 111 Principles of Economics 4 sh
ECO 203 Statistics for Decision-Making 4 sh
ACC 201 Principles of Financial Accounting 4 sh
ACC 212 Principles of Managerial Accounting 4 sh
CIS 211 Management Information Systems 4 sh
BUS 202 Business Communications 4 sh
BUS 221 Legal and Ethical Environment of Business 4 sh
MKT 311 Principles of Marketing 4 sh
MGT 323 Principles of Management & Organizational Behavior 4 sh
BUS 326 Operations and Supply Chain Management 4 sh
BUS 465 Business Policy 4 sh
FIN 343 Principles of Finance 4 sh
BUS 381 Internship in Business 1-4 sh
In addition to the LSB core requirements, students must complete the following courses:  
ECO 314* International Trade and Finance 4 sh
MKT 416* Global Marketing 4 sh
MGT 424* International Business Management 4 sh
*One or more of these courses (ECO 314, MKT 416, MGT 424) could be replaced by a course or courses completed as part of a semester study abroad. Substitute courses must be upper-division business courses and may be taught in the language of the host institution. Any substitution must be approved by the chair of the management department.
Other requirements for the International Business Major:
  • Intermediate proficiency in a modern world language: Proficiency can be demonstrated either by achieving an intermediate-mid level rating on an Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) or a Simulated Oral Proficiency (SOPI), by passing a modern world language course at the 222 level, or by placement in the language above the 222 level.
  • Competition of a study-abroad experience.
  • Elective hours**
8 sh
**A student majoring in International Business will choose two upper-level courses 300/400 (4 sh), which have been pre-approved by the chair of the management department with consultation from the student's advisor. At least one of these courses will be from Arts and Sciences. For only those students double-majoring in International Business, these elective hours can count towards their upper-level general studies requirements.
 Total73-76 sh***
***The total number of semester hours depends on the amount of world language needed to meet the world language requirement.

This page was updated June 30, 2014.