Department of Marketing

International Business Major (pre-Fall 2008)

The International Business major provides a strong foundation in international business by offering upper level courses in international management, accounting, finance, marketing and operations, complemented by courses in foreign culture and language. The program also provides valuable, relevant work experience prior to graduation through internships with international companies. The International Business program’s practical, flexible and interdisciplinary format has been developed to give students the essential knowledge to succeed as a global manager, and to develop the leadership and implementation skills required to adapt and thrive in diverse business environments.

Academic Advising

Prospective IB majors should consult with an advisor as early as possible. Call 216-687-3729 or click here to make an appointment.

Career Opportunities

The Bachelor of Business Administration degree in International Business (IB) prepares students to manage and lead in a variety of internationally-oriented organizations in today's increasingly interdependent global economy. This major allows students to gain the knowledge and skills required for international business careers while developing an understanding of the political, cultural and regulatory environments that shape international business and trade. Students majoring in IB are also encouraged to pursue a dual major in order to gain depth of knowledge in a specific business function.

Requirements for Admission to Major:

  • Successful completion of all Lower Division requirements
  • Students must declare a major and meet the departmental requirements in order to be admitted into their major field.  A Business academic advisor can assist you with this process.


IB students are encouraged to pursue a dual major to gain specialization in another functional area of business. Talk to your advisor about your professional career goals so they can help you make strategic decisions about your academic pursuits.

Internships and Co-op’s

Through the Study Abroad Program, students may participate in internships in Germany, Chile, France, England and Sweden. The program also provides unique opportunities to learn in real project situations through collaborative projects with the international business community in Northeast Ohio. Co-op’s are available through the Career Services Center at (216) 687-2233.

Financial Assistance

Scholarships, grants, loans, work-study, and part-time employment are just some of the ways you can help pay for college costs at CSU. For more information on financing your education, please contact the Financial Aid Office at (216)687.3764, or by email at:

Major Requirements

All INB majors must complete the following requirements in addition to all of the lower and upper division BBA core courses. In order to get sufficient exposure to international business environments, students who are fulfilling General Education requirements are encouraged to choose Western, Nonwestern and Social Science courses that have significant international content; please consult with the IB advisor for a list of recommended courses. Once accepted into the IB program, students must complete the following upper-division major requirements, along with the Upper Division Core.

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IB Required Major Core Course

  • MKT 321 International Business (4) or INB 301

International Business Core Electives

Choose any two courses from the following list:

  • ACT 460 International Accounting (3)
  • ECN 482 International Economics (4)
  • FIN 465 International Finance (4)
  • INB 496 Independent Study (1-4)
  • IST 461 E-Business (3)
  • MKT 461 Global Marketing Strategy(4)
  • MLR 487 International Management (3)
  • OSM 425 International Operations Management (3)

Language Requirement#

IB majors are required to have competency in a language other than English. Students entering CSU with 200-level proficiency in verbal and written skills of another language will be waived from this requirement.  All other students must complete the intermediate level sequence (201/202 or other approved courses) of a foreign language.

Political and Cultural Requirement

Students must choose one course from the following:

  • HIS 200 Introduction to Geography (4)
  • HIS 320 US Foreign Policy since 1900 (4)
  • PSC 231 International Politics (4)
  • PSC 324 Russia and the Successor States (4)
  • PSC 325 Western European Politics (4)
  • PSC 328 International Political Economy (4)
  • PSC 331 US Foreign Policy (4)
  • PSC 333 Latin American Politics (4)
  • PSC 335 East Asian Politics (4)
  • PSC 338 Central and Eastern Europe (4)
  • SOC 210 Sociology of the Third World (3)
  • SOC 389 Sociology of Non-Western Societies (4)

Experiential Requirement

Students must choose one course from the following list:

  • MKT 440 Marketing Field Experience Abroad (4)
  • INB 490 International Business Internship (1-4)
  • INB 491 International Study Tour (1-3)
  • INB 492 International Business Study Abroad (1- 4)

Students who participate in INB 490 International Business Internship can register in approved classes at partnering universities. The credit hours earned at the partnering university will be transferred as credits earned under INB 492.

Suggested Sequence

All BBA students are required to complete 128 hours of course work that includes University, College and Major requirements. Adhering to the recommended sequence outlined below provides a balanced workload and ensures that students will have the proper prerequisites and knowledge for maximum benefit of these courses.

First Semester Credits
ENG 101 English I 4
MTH 151 Math Concepts * 1
MTH 152 Math Concepts * 2
MTH 153 Math Concepts * 1
IST 203 Software Tools 3 3
Modern Language Elective (Intro.) # 4-5
BUS 101 Introduction to University Life 1 1
Total 16-17
Second Semester Credits
ENG 102 English II 3
MTH 154 Math Concepts * 1
MTH 155 Math Concepts * 2
MTH 156 Math Concepts * 1
Natural Science (with lab) 5
Modern Language Elective (Intro.) # 4-5
Total 16-17
Third Semester  
ECN 201 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
Modern Language Elective (Intermed.) # 4
GAD 250 Business Communication (W) 3
ACT 221 Introductory Accounting I 3
OSM 201 Business Statistics I 3
Total 16
Fourth Semester Credits
ECN 202 Principles of Microeconomics 3
Modern Language Elective (Intermed.) # 4
ACT 222 Introductory Accounting II 3
OSM 202 Business Statistics II 3
Human Diversity** 3
Total 16
Fifth Semester Credits
MKT 301 Introduction to Marketing 3
FIN 351 Introduction to Financial Management 4
MLR 321 Organizational Behavior 3
ECN 302 Intermediate Microeconomics 3
African-American Experience** 3
Total 16
Sixth Semester Credits
INB 301 / MKT 321 International Business 4
IST 305 IT for Competitive Advantage 3
OSM 311 Introduction to Operations Management 3
MKT 351 Business, Society & Govt (W) 3
Arts & Humanities 3
Total 16
Seventh Semester Credits
International Business Core Elective I 3
Political and Cultural Elective 4
Natural Science 3
Arts & Humanities 3
BLW 411 Business Law& Ethics (w) 3
Total 16
Eighth Semester Credits
MLR 465 Strategic Management (w) 3
International Business Core Elective II 3-4
Experiential Requirement 3-4
Social Science** 3
Arts & Humanities** 3
Total 15-17

* The Analytical Geometry & Calculus sequence (MTH 181-182) may be substituted for Math Concepts.

** Before choosing electives students should consult with an advisor. Within the Arts & Humanities and Social Sciences requirements students should select one course that fulfills the university’s Western Culture and Civilization requirement and one course that fulfills the Nonwestern Culture and Civilization requirement.

# This suggested program of study assumes that the student has very little to no training in the language being used to fulfill the proficiency requirement. Those able to start instruction at a higher level of proficiency will need one or more additional elective courses in order to reach the 128 credits required to graduate with a BBA. International Business majors are strongly advised to obtain these credits through further language instruction.

(W) Counts as a Writing Across the Curriculum course for university requirements (only if taken at CSU).  Students must earn a grade of “C” or better in order to receive Writing Across the Curriculum credit.

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