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Expand Your Worldview

Undergraduate International Business Program

Gain a Broader Perspective

Globalization is growing, and so is the need for employees and leaders who know how to collaborate with partners worldwide. The St. Thomas International Business major gives you both a solid foundation of business in the U.S., as well as an understanding of the economic and cultural factors that impact companies abroad. In addition to core business courses, the curriculum for this degree includes communication, economics and language courses.

Gain first-hand experience of another country, its culture, and its business practices during a required semester abroad. Our highly engaged faculty and small class sizes ensure that you receive plenty of individual attention, and your faculty advisor supports and guides your student journey. Ready to make your mark as an international business specialist? Take the first step at St. Thomas.

Program Overview

  • Courses
  • Four-Year Plan
  • Degree Awarded
  • Tutoring
  • Internships
  • Courses

    As an undergraduate International Business major, you’re required to take core courses, concentration courses related to your major, and allied courses, which take place outside of the Opus College of Business.

    Business Core Courses

    ACCT 100 Principles of Accounting I
    BUSN 100 Business for the Common Good
    ENTR 100 Introduction to Entrepreneurship & Innovation
    ACCT 200 Principles of Accounting II
    BETH 300 Principled Business
    BLAW 300 Law for Business Leaders
    BUSN 200 Business Learning Through Service
    FINC 310 Core Financial Management
    MGMT 302 Working in Organizations
    MKTG 200 Introduction to Marketing
    OPMT 300 Operations and Supply Chain Management

    Concentration Courses

    FINC 450 International Finance OR MKTG 330 International Marketing
    MGMT 430 International Management
    BUSN 202 Microsoft Excel Business Applications OR CISC 200 Introductory Computer Technology and Business Applications

    You must also take TWO of the following courses during a required semester abroad:

    IBUS 450 Transnational Business Issues in Management, Marketing, or Business Law
    IBUS 460 Transnational Business Issues in Finance or Accounting
    IBUS 470 Transnational Issues in International Business

    Allied Courses

    COJO 370 Intercultural Communication
    ECON 251 Principles of Macroeconomics
    ECON 252 Principles of Microeconomics
    STAT 220 Statistics I

    You must also take ONE of these math courses:

    MATH 101 Finite Mathematics
    MATH 109 Calculus with Review II
    MATH 111 Calculus for Business and Social Science
    MATH 113 Calculus I

    You must also take TWO of these classes:

    ECON 346 Country and Area Studies in Economics
    GEOG 113 World Geography
    POLS 104 American Government in Comparative Perspective
    POLS 225 World Politics
    POLS 321 Comparative Foreign Policy
    Foreign language (212 level or above)
    International or cross-cultural course(s) with prior approval of business faculty advisor

    Four-Year Plan

    Year 1

    ACCT 100 Principles of Accounting I
    BUSN 100 Business for the Common Good
    ENTR 100 Introduction to Entrepreneurship & Innovation
    Allied courses: economics, math and statistics.

    Year 2

    ACCT 200 Principles of Accounting II
    BETH 300 Principled Business
    BLAW 300 Law for Business Leaders
    BUSN 200 Business Learning Through Service
    FINC 310 Core Financial Management
    MGMT 302 Working in Organizations
    MKTG 200 Introduction to Marketing
    OPMT 300 Operations and Supply Chain Management

    Years 3 & 4

    At the end of your sophomore year, you’ll declare a business major. As a junior and senior, you’ll take courses specific to your chosen concentration as well as business electives. And, if you choose to study abroad, you’ll likely do so sometime during year 3 or 4.

    In addition to your major courses, you’ll also take courses in the St. Thomas Core Curriculum throughout your four years.

    Degree Awarded

    BA in Business Administration with a concentration in International Business

    Tutoring

    Your professor is always available to help you with your coursework. If you need extra help with your core courses in accounting, finance, or operations, free tutors are also available. Whether you’re stuck on an assignment or want help preparing for an exam, our tutors are always glad to work with you. You can schedule a 30-minute one-on-one appointment, or drop in during open hours.

    Internships

    St. Thomas maintains a large network of alumni and local business connections, which leads to real-world learning opportunities, internships and—oftentimes—employment after graduation. When you’re ready for an internship, the Career Development Center can help you find a position that supports your professional goals.

    Courses

    As an undergraduate International Business major, you’re required to take core courses, concentration courses related to your major, and allied courses, which take place outside of the Opus College of Business.

    Business Core Courses

    ACCT 100 Principles of Accounting I
    BUSN 100 Business for the Common Good
    ENTR 100 Introduction to Entrepreneurship & Innovation
    ACCT 200 Principles of Accounting II
    BETH 300 Principled Business
    BLAW 300 Law for Business Leaders
    BUSN 200 Business Learning Through Service
    FINC 310 Core Financial Management
    MGMT 302 Working in Organizations
    MKTG 200 Introduction to Marketing
    OPMT 300 Operations and Supply Chain Management

    Concentration Courses

    FINC 450 International Finance OR MKTG 330 International Marketing
    MGMT 430 International Management
    BUSN 202 Microsoft Excel Business Applications OR CISC 200 Introductory Computer Technology and Business Applications

    You must also take TWO of the following courses during a required semester abroad:

    IBUS 450 Transnational Business Issues in Management, Marketing, or Business Law
    IBUS 460 Transnational Business Issues in Finance or Accounting
    IBUS 470 Transnational Issues in International Business

    Allied Courses

    COJO 370 Intercultural Communication
    ECON 251 Principles of Macroeconomics
    ECON 252 Principles of Microeconomics
    STAT 220 Statistics I

    You must also take ONE of these math courses:

    MATH 101 Finite Mathematics
    MATH 109 Calculus with Review II
    MATH 111 Calculus for Business and Social Science
    MATH 113 Calculus I

    You must also take TWO of these classes:

    ECON 346 Country and Area Studies in Economics
    GEOG 113 World Geography
    POLS 104 American Government in Comparative Perspective
    POLS 225 World Politics
    POLS 321 Comparative Foreign Policy
    Foreign language (212 level or above)
    International or cross-cultural course(s) with prior approval of business faculty advisor

    Four-Year Plan

    Year 1

    ACCT 100 Principles of Accounting I
    BUSN 100 Business for the Common Good
    ENTR 100 Introduction to Entrepreneurship & Innovation
    Allied courses: economics, math and statistics.

    Year 2

    ACCT 200 Principles of Accounting II
    BETH 300 Principled Business
    BLAW 300 Law for Business Leaders
    BUSN 200 Business Learning Through Service
    FINC 310 Core Financial Management
    MGMT 302 Working in Organizations
    MKTG 200 Introduction to Marketing
    OPMT 300 Operations and Supply Chain Management

    Years 3 & 4

    At the end of your sophomore year, you’ll declare a business major. As a junior and senior, you’ll take courses specific to your chosen concentration as well as business electives. And, if you choose to study abroad, you’ll likely do so sometime during year 3 or 4.

    In addition to your major courses, you’ll also take courses in the St. Thomas Core Curriculum throughout your four years.

    Degree Awarded

    BA in Business Administration with a concentration in International Business

    Tutoring

    Your professor is always available to help you with your coursework. If you need extra help with your core courses in accounting, finance, or operations, free tutors are also available. Whether you’re stuck on an assignment or want help preparing for an exam, our tutors are always glad to work with you. You can schedule a 30-minute one-on-one appointment, or drop in during open hours.

    Internships

    St. Thomas maintains a large network of alumni and local business connections, which leads to real-world learning opportunities, internships and—oftentimes—employment after graduation. When you’re ready for an internship, the Career Development Center can help you find a position that supports your professional goals.

    Learning Through Service: Business 200

    We believe that businesses need to be socially responsible in the communities where they operate. All undergraduate business majors and minors are required to complete BUSN 200, a zero-credit, tuition-free course that includes 40 hours of community service and a series of reflective seminars. This service learning helps you grow into a highly principled global business professional, and an effective and ethical leader who’s prepared to make positive contributions in both your profession and community.

    St. Thomas Career Services

    The experts in the Career Development Center can help you find internships, develop job hunting skills, and put you in touch with business leads—both alumni and UST connections in the broader Twin Cities business scene. We can help you:

    • Clarify your strengths and how they relate to majors and career fields
    • Map out a career plan
    • Create your résumé and prepare for interviews
    • Look for internships and jobs
    Opus College of Business students posing for a photo in Stockholm, Sweden.

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    Study Abroad

    To expand your perspective and round out your degree, students who major in international business must study abroad for at least one semester. We offer dozens of semester study abroad options, and will help you find the right fit.

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    Career Opportunities

    From corporate sourcing for the State Department and Foreign Service, to business development departments in state government and nonprofit organizations, graduates with international training are in high demand. Typical international business jobs include:

    • International Banking Specialist
    • International Marketing Manager
    • Global Events Manager
    • Intercultural Consultant
    • Project Manager

    Management Department

    Learn about our outstanding faculty members, who have a wealth of academic and professional experience. Read detailed course descriptions.