Why Study International Business at The Busch School?
We prepare students to compete in the global marketplace by helping them develop the global vision to recognize international marketing opportunities, analyze threats from foreign competitors, and develop effective global business strategies. In today's economy, these are needed skills for managers in an increasing number of globally aware companies. To ensure that students have an edge, this program includes focus on cross cultural skills through foreign language and overseas travel requirements.
What Makes Our Program Different
Relevance and Rigor
- We have designed our International Business program to focus on the grand opportunities and challenges relevant to businesses operating in a complex global marketplace.
- To develop an edge in addressing such challenges, our program demands of students the same rigor as the world-class companies that employ them. Our students are required to build cross-cultural skills through a minor in a modern language, and to broaden their global understanding through an experience abroad.
A Truly International Campus
- Unlike most business schools, the Busch School is truly international.
- Over 200 study abroad programs available to our students.
- Catholic University itself spans borders with our secondary campus in the heart of Rome, Italy.
Jobs and Internships
Our students have completed internships in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Latin America at organizations including the Siemens Corporation, United Bank of Switzerland, and the American Chamber of Commerce, as well as with government entities including the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Department of Commerce. Top companies such as Booz Allen Hamilton and Chemonics have also recruited our international business graduates. Popular career paths for recent graduates include Financial Advisor, Consultant, Financial Analyst, Import Compliance Specialist, and Trade Specialist.
Students majoring in international business will complete the degree requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (B.S.B.A.) in International Business (22 courses). This includes: 12 business core courses; 4 international business concentration courses; 4 Math/Computer Science/Statistics courses; and 2 business electives. Additionally, all international business majors must complete:
1) a minor in a modern language; and
2) an overseas experience, described below
B.S.B.A Degree Core Courses (12)
The Vocation of Business
(or ECON 101 or ECON 103)
Foundations of Economic Thought I
(or ECON 102 or ECON 104 or HSSS 102)
Foundations of Economic Thought II
Management Theory and Practice
Ethics in Business
MGT 321 or 322 or 371
Business Law I or Business Law II or The Legal and Policy Aspects of Government Regulation of Business
Business Strategy (Senior Capstone)
Mathematics/Computer Science/Statistics Courses (4)
MATH 110 or 111 or 121
Finite Mathematics for Business or Calculus for Social – Life Science I or Analytic Geometry and Calculus I
ECON 223 or HSSS 203
Statistics for Business and Economics or Families, Markets, Cities: Social and Scientific Perspectives
MGT 240 or MGT 331
Management of Information or Database Management
Quantitative Methods in Decision Making
International Business Major-Specific Courses (4)
Plus, pick one international business elective course
General Business Elective Courses (2)
Pick any two courses in MKT, MGT, FIN, SRES, ENT, ACCT, or ECON
Abroad Experience RequirementsFor 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 majors are required to declare a minor in a modern language by the end of their first year. Students may complete a minor in the following:
French & Francophone Studies;
Minors begin with 104, plus 5 other courses.
German Studies; Hispanic Studies; Italian Studies; or Islamic World Studies. Minor begins with 103 & 104, plus 4 other courses.
International Business majors who have demonstrated the fluency of a native speaker in a language other than English must either complete their minor language requirements in a language other than their native language or complete an approved minor or certificate from the following:
- 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.
Minor in International Business
Students interested in other functional areas of business or in disciplines outside the Busch School, but who are passionate about gaining a global perspective may pursue a minor in international business.
University RequirementsTo 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
- Students are required to complete an abroad experience during a summer, fall, or spring semester.
- Students fulfill the abroad experience requirement through one of the following:
- A study abroad program;
- A university organized mission trip abroad;
- An internship abroad; or
- International (non-U.S.) students fulfill the abroad experience requirement by attending Catholic University.
Read more about study abroad procedures.
InternshipsAn 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.
Students majoring in international business are required to minor in a modern language. Students also have a wide variety of additional minors available to them both within the Busch School and from disciplines offered across the University. Popular choices for international business majors include: politics, philosophy, and history. Please note, any such minor must be taken in addition to the required language minor.