International Business

International Business 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.

Requirements for Admission to Major:

  • Successful completion of all Lower Division requirements
  • Submit a Declaration of Major form to the Undergraduate Business Advising Center in BU 219

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International Business - 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 360 Accounting in International Business
  • ECN 482 International Economics 
  • FIN 465 International Finance 
  • INB 488 Multicultural Marketing
  • INB 493 Special Topics in International Business
  • MGT 487 International Management
  • MKT 461 Global Marketing Strategy
  • OSM 425 International Operations Management
  • Other Business 300/400-level elective approved by the IB Director

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
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.