This program prepares students to compete in the global marketplace by helping them develop the vision to recognize international marketing opportunities, analyze threats from foreign competitors, and develop effective business strategies. In today’s economy, these are needed skills for managers in an increasing number of globally aware companies. To ensure students have an edge, this program includes a focus on cross-cultural skills through foreign language and overseas travel requirements.
Students majoring in international business will complete the degree requirements for the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in International Business.
Major Requirements: To earn a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in International Business, students must complete 22 business and economics courses. This includes: 10 core courses (in introductory accounting, economics, management, business law, and ethics); 3 international business concentration courses (international business, international marketing, and international finance); 3 Math/Computer Science/Statistics courses; and 1 international business elective.
Additionally, all international business majors must complete a minor in a modern language and an overseas experience, described below.
Abroad Experience Requirements: For the overseas experience, international business majors may spend a semester or summer abroad either studying or working at an internship, or may participate in a university-organized mission trip. Upon completing this experience, the student should complete the Abroad Experience Approval Form (available from BSBE Advising), and a short reflection memo detailing the lessons learned from the experience. Details of this memo are outlined on the Abroad Experience Approval Form.
International (non-U.S.) students' abroad experience requirements are considered satisfied by virtue of their studies at Catholic University. International students are still required to complete a reflection memo and the Abroad Experience Approval Form. International students are still encouraged to pursue other international experiences commiserate with their interests, and are especially encouraged to pursue internship experience in the United States or elsewhere.
Language Minor Requirements: International business students are required to minor in a foreign language of their choosing. Students who already demonstrate the fluency of a native speaker in a language other than English may choose to complete their minor language requirements in a language other than their native language. These bilingual students also have the option to complete an approved minor or certificate in place of the minor requirement. Options include: Islamic World Studies Minor or Certificate; Asian Studies Minor; Latin American and Latino Studies Certificate; European Studies Certificate; Irish Studies Certificate; or complete a set of approved courses toward an interdisciplinary minor.
Learn More about minor and certificate options.
University Requirements: To earn a degree in international business, students must also complete the core university requirements, specific to their major. International business students are required to complete 26 courses in addition to their business and economics courses. These courses include: philosophy, theology, humanities, literature, writing and composition, and free electives.
See detailed course list and suggested sequence of courses
Study Abroad: Students majoring in international business are required to broaden their global understanding by spending time in a different culture. This requirement can be fulfilled by spending a semester studying abroad, completing an international summer internship, or traveling with one of the University's international mission trips. The key to studying abroad while pursuing a degree in economics, is to plan ahead. Schedule a meeting with your academic adviser, and also visit the CUAbroad office.
Read more about study abroad procedures.
Internships: An internship is a unique academic opportunity that allows students to step out of the classroom and gain real-world experience in a professional setting. Internships may be for credit or non-credit, and paid or unpaid. Past Catholic University international business majors have completed internships in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Latin America at organizations including Seimens Corporation, United Bank of Switzerland and the American Chamber of Commerce as well as with government entities including the U.S. Department of Commerce and U.S. State Department.
Read more about internship opportunities.
Minor Programs: Students majoring in international business are required to minor in a modern language. Students also have a wide variety of minors available to them and may choose from many disciplines offered across the University. Popular choices for international business majors are: politics, philosophy, or history. However, students majoring in international business may not minor in a business discipline.
Regional Studies: Students majoring in international business may elect to specialize in a region by taking courses in the language, history and politics of their region of interest. In some cases, such regional studies may lead to the completion of a certificate, such as CUA's Certificate in European Studies.
Full details on the Certificate in European Studies.
In today’s competitive job market, gaining professional or internship experience during college is critical to finding employment upon graduation. Planning for and obtaining that experience should begin early in a student’s academic career. To educate and assist students in finding professional opportunities, we offer a career development program during the fall and spring semesters for freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors.
Popular career paths for recent graduates with an international business major include financial adviser, consultant, financial analyst, import compliance specialist, and trade specialist.
Organizations: The Business Professional Society is a student organization for those who wish to apply what they learn in the classroom to the outside world. Through BPS, students are exposed to simulation exercises, trips to local D.C. business organizations, and a network of friends who also wish to expand their knowledge in business.
Community: One of the many advantages of pursuing a degree from a small university is the close community that is formed among students and professors. Students are supported within the Busch School of Business and Economics by their classmates, which creates an atmosphere of mutual success, rather than unwelcoming competition. Instructors are available for one-on-one help during office hours, and often mentor their students throughout their college and professional careers.