Undergraduate

International Business Major Awarded Study Abroad Scholarships

William Miller Haynes III ’15 won the prestigious Boren Scholarship and Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Association Scholarship for a year-long program to Morocco through International Studies Abroad (ISA). 

International Business Major Accepted to Peace Corps

Stefanie Smith ’14 was accepted into the Peace Corps. She recently completed a study abroad trip to Senegal.

International Business

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

Overview:

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.

Degree Plan:

For detailed descriptions and timing of courses, please see the Undergraduate Bulletin (course catalog).

I. FOUNDATION COURSES (21 CREDIT HOURS):
• Rhetoric and Composition I and II*
• College Mathematics
• Computational Skills
• Oral Communication
• Modern Language

II. CULTURAL FOUNDATIONS (18 CREDIT HOURS):
• Literature and Human Experience
• Understanding and Appreciating Arts
• American Experience
• American Dilemmas*
• History and Evolution of Global Processes
• Contemporary World Issues

III. MISSION COURSES (15 CREDIT HOURS):
• The Human Experience
• Ethics*
• Religious Studies/Philosophy
• Science in Perspective
• Science in Depth

IV. SMB GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS (9 CREDIT HOURS):
• Introduction to Information Systems or Quantitative Applications Software for PCs
• Precalculus

V. CORE COURSES (39 CREDIT HOURS):
• Principles of Accounting I
• Principles of Accounting II
• Business Statistics
• Legal Environment of Business
• Business Communication
• Strategic Management
• Microeconomic Principles
• Macroeconomic Principles
• Introduction to Finance
• Principles of Management
• Business Responsibility and Ethics in Management
• Operations Management
• Principles of Marketing

VI. MAJOR CORE COURSES (24 CREDIT HOURS):
International Business Required Courses
• International Business Administration
• International Marketing
• International Finance or International Trade and Finance
Select one of the following courses:
• International Management
• International Trade and Finance
• Internship
• Special Topics
• International Finance
• International Relations
• The Economics of Development
• Any Upper-division Business Elective

Requirements for Language/Regional Emphasis
You must achieve an intermediate level of proficiency in a language related to your area of interest. This may be done by completing 12 credit hours of modern language or by demonstrating proficiency.
Spanish/Latin America
• Spanish I
• Spanish II
• Spanish III
• Spanish IV
• Spanish language, regional culture or regional history electives
or
German/Europe
• German I
• German II
• German III
• German IV
• German language, regional culture or regional history electives
or
French/Europe
• French I
• French II
• French III
• French IV
• French language, regional culture or regional history electives
or
Japanese/Asia
• Japanese I
• Japanese II
• Japanese III
• Japanese IV
• Japanese language, regional culture or regional history electives

VII. CAPSTONE COURSE (3 CREDIT HOURS)

VIII. GRADUATION CERTIFICATION:
You must register for this course in your graduating term to be certified for graduation.

* These courses are prerequisites for Capstone.

Internships

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

Research

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.

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