International Business Major

Saint Mary’s international business major is designed to prepare students for international careers with domestic, multinational, and foreign business concerns. 

A grounding in general business concepts is combined with the advanced study of issues affecting the global marketplace. Course work emphasizes understanding of cultural diversity, international business practices, and unique problems associated with operating a multinational business in a cross-cultural context. All students in this major must have a study-abroad experience.

Career Options

International market analyst; non-governmental organization staff; aid coordinator; governmental agency staff; financial analyst; interpreter; management consultant; marketing manager; event and promotion planner

High School Preparation

Calculus; Computer Applications; Foreign Language; Human Geography; Macroeconomics; Microeconomics; Sociology; World History

Enhance Your Experience

Students who major in international business oftentimes pursue a double major or minor in accounting or management, or participate in one of the other business programs

Degree Requirements

A. All of the following:

AC222 Accounting Concepts (3 cr.)

This course provides an introduction to accounting with an emphasis on the interpretation and use of accounting information for effective business decision-making. The course employs an "information user/managerial approach" rather than an "information preparer approach." Students are introduced to the accounting system, financial statement analysis, and quantitative managerial accounting techniques.

BU243 Business Computer Applications (3 cr.)

This course provides in-depth coverage of Microsoft Excel and Access in the context of business applications. Excel topics include formulas and functions, charting, large datasets, pivot tables and what-if analysis. Access topics include relational database concepts, database design, basic query construction, and report generation. This course combines on-line and hands-on learning.

BU285 International Business Environment (3 cr.)

An introduction to the international business environment, including cultures, ethics, economics, geography, and legal systems, associated with our global society. The course serves as a foundation for international business majors and as a survey course for other business majors.

BU312 Business Law I (3 cr.)

This survey course is designed to introduce students to the study of law through a review of its historical origins, the various sources of the law and the practical context in which laws are applied. Particular attention is given to areas of law which are relevant to today's business environment; for example, torts, contracts, agency and sales.

BU452 Strategic Management (3 cr.)

This capstone course in business develops students' understanding of strategic decision-making through integrative use of business knowledge from each of the major functional areas in business. Extensive use of decision cases is made to address such issues as: What is strategy?, Who makes it?; What are the basic strategic options of a firm?; How is the business environment analyzed for strategic purposes? Highlights of the course include a business case competition and computer simulation.

EC261 Principles of Microeconomics (3 cr.)

A traditional introduction to the principles of microeconomics, concentrating on behavior of the household and the firm. The course analyzes factors determining prices, production and allocation of economic resources. Current issues are emphasized.

EC262 Principles of Macroeconomics (3 cr.)

A traditional introduction to the principles of macroeconomics, concentrating on how aggregate levels of economic activity are determined. The course analyzes macroeconomic policies and economic issues such as problems of unemployment and inflation. Current issues are emphasized.

FN341 Corporate Finance (3 cr.)

The goal of corporate financial management is to maximize the wealth of the stockholders. Decisions regarding risk and return, the management of current assets and current liabilities, and capital budgeting are examined in view of this goal. Students are also introduced to the stock market and other financial institutions and systems.

MG219 Principles of Management (3 cr.)

This first course in management stresses an understanding of the management functions as an integral part of the business organization. Attention is given to planning, leading, organizing, controlling and other aspects of the managerial process.

MK217 Principles of Marketing (3 cr.)

This beginning course in marketing develops an understanding of the marketing function and its central importance to the business organization. Attention is paid to a variety of marketing topics including products, channels and distribution, pricing, promotion, buyer behavior, and ethical issues in marketing.

PH362 Business Ethics (3 cr.)

The course examines critically the major ethical or moral theories that are at the basis of decision making in the complex area of contemporary behavior we know as "the business world." It is recommended for business majors.

B. Mathematics: one of the following

(either M148 and M149 or M145 or M151):

M145 Finite Mathematics (3 cr.)

This course provides an introduction to noncalculus mathematical modeling methods prevalent in business. Topics include: matrix methods, systems of linear equations and inequalities, linear programming by the geometric method and by the simplex method, and the mathematics of finance.

M148 Calculus I with Precalculus (part 1) (4 cr.)

This course, followed by M149, provides a two-semester sequence that covers the material of M151 along with built-in coverage of precalculus topics. Topics in M148 include: solving equations, functions, classes of functions (polynomial, rational, algebraic, exponential, logarithmic), right triangle trigonometry, angle measure, limits and continuity, derivatives, rules for derivatives. Credit is not granted for this course and M151 or courses equivalent to college algebra and college trigonometry.

M149 Calculus I with Precalculus (part 2) (4 cr.)

This course completes the two-semester sequence that begins with M148, and together with M148 provides a two-semester sequence that covers the material of M151 along with built-in coverage of precalculus topics. Topics in M149 include: trigonometric and inverse trigonometric functions, rules for derivatives, applications of derivatives, and definite and indefinite integrals. Credit is not granted for this course and M151.

M151 Calculus I (4 cr.)

This course provides an introduction to the differential and integral calculus. Topics include: the concepts of function, limit, continuity, derivative, definite and indefinite integrals, and an introduction to transcendental functions. Credit is not granted for this course and M148 and M149.

C. All of the following:

BU460-468 Special Topics in International Business (3 cr.)

The topics for these courses vary according to the needs and interests of international business majors. Topics may include additional studies in international management or marketing, international finance, international accounting or special studies of particular areas in the world, such as the Pacific Rim or the Middle East.

EC440 International Trade, Finance and Monetary Issues (3 cr.)

An intermediate course examining the forces which determine the competitive conditions and trade patterns in the global economy. Representative topics are monetary issues, balance of payments, capital movements and capital markets.

MG410 International Management (3 cr.)

This course investigates business management in the international arena. Emphasis is placed on how managers in multinational organizations address such issues as strategic analysis, organizational structure, global coordination, communications, inter-organizational cooperation, and human resource management.

MK430 International Marketing (3 cr.)

This course addresses the development of marketing strategies based on differing economic, legal, political, and sociocultural environments. Emphasis is placed on problems and practices of managing international marketing activities. Topics and challenges related to international marketing research, product and services; channels and distribution pricing and promotions are examined.

D. Three additional credits

  • Three additional credits approved by the department chair and department advisor. Examples: foreign study, internship, or a related course such as a 300+ level foreign language history or culture course.