Studying international business provides students an opportunity to learn and think about the world of business on a global scale. International business students learn necessary accounting, finance, supply chain, marketing, and management skills that prepare them to succeed in managing multinational corporations. In addition to managing multinational corporations, international business majors can help national firms expand into international markets.
What careers can this major prepare you for?
After graduating with an undergraduate degree, students may explore a career in one of many various areas. Careers typically include administrative roles in international companies, roles within government agencies focusing on trade, establishing international businesses and analyzing foreign investment. Some of the most popular international business positions are: Customs Broker, Economist, Federal and State Government positions (e.g., U.S. Dept. of Commerce), Financial Analyst/Controller, Foreign Currency Investment Advisor, Foreign Sales Representative, Global Brand Manager, HR Managers, Human Capitol Manager, Import/Export Agent. International Brand Specialist, International Business Development Manager, International Finance Specialist, International Foreign Policy Advisor, International Management Consultant, International Marketing Director, International Shipping Specialist, Management Analyst, Market Research Analyst, Marketing/Advertising Consultant, Public Relations Specialist, Supply Chain Manager, Trade and Customs Manager, Trade Compliance Manager, Trade Specialist, Translator.
What skills are developed within this major?
Skills international business students develop include: Communication Skills, Critical Thinking, Cultural Sensitivity, Emotional Intelligence, Global Outlook, International Negotiations, Knowledge of Customs and Cultures, Public Speaking, Quantitative Analysis Skills, Strategic Thinking.
Admission to Major
Completion of all College of Business Administration lower-division requirements and a grade of "C" or better in INB 301 .
Hours Required for Degree
Minimum hours required for degree: 120
Minimum hours required for major: 33 credit beyond the College of Business core requirements with a minimum grade of C in each course.
International business majors must take 33 credit hours beyond the college core requirements in the following five components:
I. International Business Core Component
The INB major must take three courses in the INB Major Core - 9 credit hours.
International Business Experience - Select one of the following:
INB 301 is cross-listed with MKT 321 . This course should be taken early in the Junior year, as it serves as the prerequisite course for other INB courses and must be completed before fulfilling the International Business Experience.
INB 491 course is used to designate faculty-led, short-term study tours to various foreign destinations. A number of study tours are organized regularly throughout the year by the Department of Marketing directly. INB 491 may be cross-listed with other College-sponsored international study tours, subject to approval by the IB Program Director. Class meetings prior to the trip and a term project are required.
INB 492 is intended for students who wish to register in approved classes at partnering universities. The credit hours earned at the partnering university will be transferred as credits earned under INB 492 . In some cases, the student will enroll directly for CSU credit under INB 492 . It is important to check with a Business College advisor or the IB Program Director to understand the distinction. Students interested in this option must obtain pre-approval of the IB Program Director prior to enrolling at the foreign institution.
MKT 440 is a specially-arranged, study-abroad, field experience, currently conducted in England, which provides intensive business exposure to a target country. Students will conduct hands-on research, visit and interact with the business community in the target country, and prepare written reports on international marketing and business topics.
Choose any eight courses from the following list:
II. Language Component
Like all CSU students, INB majors are required to have competency in a language other than English. Two modern language courses are prerequisites for the INB major and are part of CSU's General Education requirements. This requirement can be waived based on the following: (a) student's foreign language studies of more than two years; or (b) demonstrated proficiency in student's native language.
Honors Program/University Scholars Requirements
The following upper-division requirements apply for honors/scholars students who select a major in either the BBA or BSCS programs in the Monte Ahuja College of Business Administration.
Students will be required to take a minimum of 15 credit hours of upper-division (i.e., 300- and 400-level) honors courses in the College of Business Administration. General guidelines for these credit hours are given below. However, the specific courses that each student takes will be agreed upon by the student and the student's honors/scholars advisor.
A minimum of 15 hours of honors credits will be taken as follows:
- Honors Thesis (required in senior year, three credit hours). Each honors/scholars student will conduct a piece of original research and write and present a thesis in his or her major area under the supervision of a faculty member from that department. This new Honors Thesis course will be available in each department and designated with the following titles and course numbers for each major as appropriate: ACT 499H - Honors Thesis in Accounting ; CIS 499H - Honors Thesis ; FIN 499H - Honors Thesis in Finance ; INB 499H - Honors Thesis in International Business ; IST 499H - Honors Thesis in Information Systems ; MGT 499H - Honors Thesis in Management and Labor Relations ; MKT 499H - Honors Thesis in Marketing ; and OSM 499H - Honors Thesis in Operations and Supply Chain Management .
- Honors Internship (required in either junior or senior year, three credit hours). Each honors/scholars student will engage in an internship experience in which the student will gain work experience in an organizational environment related to the student's area of interest. The student may choose to either sign up for the regular internship experience within the departments that offer such courses already (i.e. ACT 490 , FIN 490 , INB 490 , MGT 490 , MKT 490 , or OSM 490 ), or enroll in a new course, BUS 490 , that will serve those majors that do not already have an internship available.
- Honors Courses (minimum of nine credits). Honors/Scholars students in business will also be required to take at least three honors courses within the College of Business Administration, with at least one course (minimum of three credit hours) within the major. These honors courses will be created via a contract between honors/scholars student and a cooperating faculty member. The contract allows for any 300- or 400-level business or computer science course to be modified to become an honors course. The honors/scholars student and the faculty member agree to a contract that spells out how the course will be modified to provide an appropriate learning experience for the honors student. The contract, including a copy of the revised syllabus and an explanation of how the honors version of the course differs from the regular version, is then submitted to the department chair for approval. The student then registers for the honors version of the course, but attends a regular section of the course that the cooperating faculty is teaching. The honors section of the course is designated with the regular course number with the letter H added to designate that the student is enrolled in the honors version of the course (e.g., MKT 301H - Introduction to Marketing). Only the approved honors/scholars student is allowed to register for the course under the honors number. The designation of an H course needs to be approved by the director of the university's honors/scholars program.
- Honors credits can be used to replace a maximum of 16 credit hours of required major courses, major electives, or free electives, with the approval of the honors advisor.
Each honors student will select an advisor from among the approved honors/scholars advisors in the department. The advisors will advise honors students and supervise the honors thesis course as well as the honors internship. The honors/scholars advisors will assist the students in designing their honors experience, including choosing their honors courses, identifying a thesis topic, and arranging for an internship.