The Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business at St. Edward’s provides you with a traditional business education and an international business perspective. Majoring in international business will impact your view of the world and your role and responsibilities in the global community. You’ll learn, grow and enrich your life by building personal and professional relationships with people in other countries.
You’ll delve into the challenges of doing business on the global stage and how to interact with different cultures. To enhance your outlook, you’ll have the opportunity to study abroad with faculty members who are highly experienced in the business world — and meet business leaders who will share international viewpoints and career advice.
Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business
As a BBA in International Business major, you’ll explore the foundations of business decision making in accounting, finance, marketing, economics and management — from a global perspective. You’ll study international markets, customs and ethics and become proficient in a language related to a region of interest to you. You’ll also learn the importance and social responsibilities of being a corporate ambassador or manager in markets around the world.
With a BBA in International Business, students are prepared to work in a variety of business settings in the United States and abroad. For instance, you could become a product service manager with Dell™ in Slovakia, a sales representative or project manager with Google® in India, or an international liaison with a multinational corporation.
To increase employment opportunities, many graduates pursue advanced degrees in related business disciplines, such as a Master of Business Administration (MBA) or international law. Close interaction with faculty at St. Edward’s — and time spent in classes, advising sessions and program events — allows you to learn more options for careers and graduate work.
In addition to the general education courses required of all majors, and elective courses, BBA in International Business majors take courses from these groups:
Students who major in international business complete core courses, which include International Business Administration, International Marketing, and International Finance or International Trade and Finance. Additionally, students will select courses that complement their interests to complete their international business required courses.
BBA in International Business majors must achieve an intermediate level of proficiency in a language related to their area of interest, such as Spanish, French, German, Japanese or Chinese.
BUSINESS CORE COURSES
BBA in International Business majors complete business core courses, which include courses in accounting, finance, management and marketing.
In conjunction with the Global Business and Social Justice Institute at St. Edward’s University, students have the opportunity to take courses in a foreign country taught by university faculty. These courses relate directly to an international social justice project. Students and faculty collaborate to create solutions to a specific business challenge. Past projects include:
- Providing marketing materials for the Kralupy Rugby League in The Czech Republic that serves the economically, socially and politically excluded minority population in the region
- Creating fundraising literature for Casa Luz, a nonprofit that supports teen mothers in Costa Rica
- Assisting a Holy Cross parish in Guadalupe, Mexico, with educational fundraising that helps disadvantaged children attend school
- Developing communication strategies aimed at health issues for a nonprofit in Valle de Bravo, Mexico
BBA in International Business majors conclude their undergraduate experience with a Strategic Management course. Students expand their skills by working directly with an established organization. Taking the view of the organization's top management, students help identify, analyze and solve problems, and present business research and a case analysis.
View the Degree Plan (PDF) for sample course information for the Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business.
Students who major in international business at St. Edward’s complete internships each year with top companies and agencies worldwide. Internships are excellent opportunities to explore your passions, learn new skills and collaborate with experts in the field. An internship experience is an outstanding addition to your résumé and can give you a distinct advantage for graduate school or your career path in international business.
Our students have gained on-the-job training in the public, private and nonprofit sectors with organizations like these:
- Chamber of Commerce, Angers, France
- Chevron International Exploration and Production – Nigeria Mid Africa
- Consulado General de México, Austin, Texas
- Cultural Embrace
- Denver Office of Cultural Affairs
- Ernst & Young LLP
- Global Business and Social Justice Institute at St. Edward’s University
- Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
- GSD&M Advertising
- LatinWorks Marketing LLC
- Luca Muebles, Mexico City
- Merrill Lynch
- National Hispanic Business Association
- Rocket Science Sports
- Texas Department of Agriculture
- Texas Music Office – Office of the Governor
- Texas Workforce Commission
- U.S. State Department
International business majors may participate in a Seminar in Foreign Business course, which takes them to another country to experience and research its culture and economy. The seminar builds confidence and professional skills that prepare students for graduate school and international business careers. Guided by professors, students work as a team to create a business plan for a company there and present the plan to top management of the firm.