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International Business at a glance

Saunders College offers a comprehensive undergraduate degree program and minor in international business. The degree program and co-major or minor required for international business students will provide a greater awareness of the functional business adaptations necessary for doing business globally.

In addition to a foundation in all core business disciplines, as an International Business student at Saunders College, you will understand the meaning of doing business in a globalized world, and be prepared with coursework including:

  • Business Development
  • Organizational Management
  • Regional Marketing
  • Global Finance
  • Strategic Analysis


In the international business program, you are required to select a business co-major or minor to complement your international business studies. With a co-major or minor, you will develop an expertise in a specific functional business area, which can then be applied and further studied in a global context throughout your International Business courses. Co-majors are available in Accounting, Finance, Management, Management Information Systems, or Marketing.

A visual worksheet of courses is available to track required credits and classes for all business majors within Saunders.

Language Proficiency

Students are required to take 1 full year of classes of another language, including Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, or Spanish. Students tend to study abroad after this requirement is fulfilled in a country where they speak that language to fully immerse themselves in the culture.


Business administration: international business, BS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
Business 1: Ideas and Business Planning
This is the first of a two-course sequence comprising the freshman integrated experience. In Business 1 students will be introduced to the key functional areas of business, the evaluation of new business opportunities, and the business plan process. By applying the creative process, students will conceive new business ideas that will be developed In Business 2.
Computer-based Analysis
This course provides students with hands-on experience with the analytical software tools and techniques that are used in today's businesses. Emphasis will be placed on the application of spreadsheet models for supporting management decision-making. A variety of spreadsheet-based cases in market research, financial analysis, accounting applications and other business domains will be utilized to show how to effectively analyze and solve business problems using the spreadsheet tool.
Principles of Microeconomics
Microeconomics studies the workings of individual markets. That is, it examines the interaction of the demanders of goods and services with the suppliers of those goods and services. It explores how the behavior of consumers (demanders), the behavior of producers (suppliers), and the level of market competition influence market outcomes.
Management Accounting
Introduction to the use of accounting information by managers within a business. Explores the value of accounting information for the planning and controlling of operations, assessing the cost of a product/service, evaluating the performance of managers, and strategic decision making.
STAT-145, 146
LAS Perspective 7A, 7B: Introduction to Statistics I, II
Business 2: Business Planning and Development
The second course in the first year business sequence focuses on developing a well-defined and integrated business plan. Students will identify and develop marketing and process tools to take the business concept outlined in Business I to a final business plan for review with local business people and alumni for evaluation. During the semester, the students will also be introduced to a variety of professional development topics.
First Year Writing Seminar
Principles of Macroeconomics
Macroeconomics studies aggregate economic behavior. The course begins by presenting the production possibilities model. This is followed by a discussion of basic macroeconomic concepts including inflation, unemployment, and economic growth and fluctuations. The next topic is national income accounting, which is the measurement of macroeconomic variables. The latter part of the course focuses on the development of one or more macroeconomic models, a discussion of the role of money in the macroeconomy, the aggregate supply-aggregate demand framework, and other topics the individual instructor may choose.
Financial Accounting
An introduction to the way in which corporations report their financial performance to interested stakeholders such as investors and creditors. Coverage of the accounting cycle, generally accepted accounting principles, and analytical tools help students become informed users of financial statements.
Information Systems and Technology
To be successful in our globally-networked business environment, contemporary management professionals must have a strong grounding in the principles of information and information technology. This course provides an introduction to the field of management information systems (MIS), including the tools and techniques for managing information and information technologies within organizations. We place a particular emphasis on the nature of systems, the role of information in business processes, the management of data, and the planning of MIS design projects.
Year One: College Experience
Wellness Education*
Second Year
An introduction to communication contexts and processes emphasizing both conceptual and practical dimensions. Participants engage in public speaking, small group problem solving and leadership, and writing exercises while acquiring theoretical background appropriate to understanding these skills.
Principles of Marketing
An introduction to the field of marketing, stressing its role in the organization and society. Emphasis is on determining customer needs and wants and how the marketer can satisfy those needs through the controllable marketing variables of product, price, promotion and distribution.
Financial Management
Basic course in financial management. Covers business organization, time value of money, valuation of securities, capital budgeting decision rules, risk-return relation, Capital Asset Pricing Model, financial ratios, global finance and working capital management.
Careers in Business
This course consists of a series of workshops designed to introduce business students to the skills needed to be successful in job and coop searches and applications to graduate schools. Students will establish their career goals, create material (e.g., resume, cover letter), and acquire skills needed to achieve these goals.
LAS Perspective 2, 4
Exporting and Global Sourcing
The practice of international business is detailed-oriented and complex as cross-border trade and investment is subject to various market forces and government regulations. In this course students will study the issues of compliance, risk assessment, sources of international information, logistical complexities and intermediaries, and international payments and financing. The course will develop students with the necessary knowledge base and skills to become successful in the practice of cross border transactions.
Organizational Behavior
As an introductory course in managing and leading organizations, this course provides an overview of human behavior in organizations at the individual, group, and organizational level with an emphasis on enhancing organizational effectiveness. Topics include: individual differences, work teams, motivation, communication, leadership, conflict resolution, organizational culture, and organizational change.
Free Elective
Global Business Environment
Being an informed global citizen requires an understanding of the global business environment. Organizations critical to the development of the global business environment include for-profit businesses, non-profits, governmental, non-governmental, and supranational agencies. This course introduces students to the interdependent relationships between organizations and the global business environment. A holistic approach is used to examine the diverse economic, political, legal, cultural, and financial systems that influence both organizations and the global business environment.
Applied Calculus
This course is an introduction to the study of differential and integral calculus, including the study of functions and graphs, limits, continuity, the derivative, derivative formulas, applications of derivatives, the definite integral, the fundamental theorem of calculus, basic techniques of integral approximation, exponential and logarithmic functions, basic techniques of integration, an introduction to differential equations, and geometric series. Applications in business, management sciences, and life sciences will be included with an emphasis on manipulative skills.
Third Year
Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility
This course applies concepts of ethics to business at the macro level and at the micro level. At the macro level the course examines competing business ideologies exploring the ethical concerns of capitalism as well as the role of business in society. At the micro level the course examines the role of the manager in establishing an ethical climate with an emphasis on the development of ethical leadership in business organizations. The following topics are typically discussed: the stakeholder theory of the firm, corporate governance, marketing and advertising ethics, the rights and responsibilities of employees, product safety, ethical reasoning, business's responsibility to the environment, moving from a culture of compliance to a culture of integrity, and ethical leadership.
Co-major Courses
LAS Perspective 5
LAS Immersion 1, 2
LAS Elective†
Operations Management
A survey of operations and supply chain management that relates to both service- and goods- producing organizations. Topics include operations and supply chain strategies; ethical behavior; forecasting; product and service design, including innovation and sustainability; capacity and inventory management; lean operations; managing projects; quality assurance; global supply chains; and the impacts of technology.
International Business Electives
Cooperative Education
Fourth Year
Global Entry and Competition Strategies (WI)
This course explores the strategic challenges faced by businesses operating in a global environment. It emphasizes the development of strategies under differing perspectives, globalization or regionalization of competitive marketplace, creating value for the firm globally, entry mode management, global CSR and governance.**Note: Enrollment also possible with departmental approval with completion of two additional INTB courses.
Free Elective
Co-major Courses
LAS Perspective 6
LAS Immersion 3
Strategy and Innovation
A capstone course drawing upon major business functions—accounting, finance, marketing, operations management, and organizational theory and how strategic managers integrate functional theories and concepts to create competitive advantage. The course provides an integrated perspective of business organizations toward the achievement of enhanced profitability and a sustainable competitive advantage. Topics include the analysis of business environments, industry attractiveness, and competitive dynamics. Students learn how to formulate and implement effective business-level, corporate-level, and global strategies using theories, cases and a simulation.
LAS Elective†
Total Semester Credit Hours 123

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing bachelor's degrees are required to complete two Wellness courses.

† See list of LAS electives that fulfill this requirement.

International business electives
ECON-449 Comparative Economic Systems
FINC-420 Finance in the Global Environment
INTB-300 Cross-cultural Management
INTB-310 Regional Business Studies
INTB-320 Global Marketing   
INTB-489 Seminar in International Business
LAS electives
ANTH-240 Muslim Youth Cultures
ANTH-275 Global Islam
ANTH-365 The Islamic Culture and the Middle East
HIST-170 20th Century Europe
HIST-261 History of Modern China   
HIST-265 History of Modern Japan
HIST-270 History of Modern France
HIST-280 History of Modern Germany
HIST-365 Conflict of Modern East Asia
HIST-462 East-West Encounters
POLS-350 Politics of East Asia

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