Business Administration BS, International Business Emphasis

National markets are becoming increasingly integrated. The study of international business focuses on understanding the forces behind this globalization of markets and production.

General Education Requirements

All Business majors must meet the university general education requirements. As part of meeting the university's general education requirements, all Business majors must complete the prerequisite courses below :

ECON 1001Principles of Microeconomics (MOTR ECON 102)3
ECON 1002Principles of Macroeconomics (MOTR ECON 101)3
MATH 1030College Algebra (MOTR MATH 130)3
MATH 1100Basic Calculus3
MATH 1105Basic Probability and Statistics3

Degree Requirements

All Business majors must meet College of Business G.P.A., good standing and credit requirements as outlined in the Bulletin.

Lower Division Business Core Requirements

ACCTNG 2400Fundamentals of Financial Accounting3
ACCTNG 2410Managerial Accounting3
BUS AD 2900Legal Environment of Business3
INFSYS 2800Information Systems Concepts and Applications3
Total Hours12

Upper Division Requirements

ENGL 3120Business Writing3

Upper Division Non-Business or Business Requirement

Two global awareness courses selected from an approved list maintained in the Office of Undergraduate Academic Advising in the College of Business Administration; also available on our web site.

Upper Division Business Requirements

ENT 3100Applications of Entrepreneurship 13
FINANCE 3500Financial Management3
SCMA 3300Business Analytics and Statistics3
SCMA 3301Introduction to Supply Chain Management3
MGMT 3600Management and Organizational Behavior3
MGMT 4219Strategic Management3
MKTG 3700Basic Marketing3
A minimum of 15 additional hours of upper division approved business electives15
Total Hours36

Assessment Requirement

MGMT 4220Business Assessment Testing0

Emphasis Area Requirements

Twelve (12) hours are required of all individuals seeking an emphasis in International Business: 

Select two of the following courses:6
International Management
International Corporate Finance
International Marketing
Select two additional approved international business courses from the following: 16
The Law of International Business Transactions
Business in China
Managing the Global Workforce
International Business and Society
The Japanese Management System
Role of the Global Corporation
Practicum In International Business
Internship in International Business
Independent Study in International Business
International Corporate Finance
International Investments
International Management
International Marketing
Marketing in the European Union
Entrepreneurship in the Global Environment
International Strategic Management
Global Supply Chain Management
Total Hours12

Proficiency in a foreign language of international commerce (determined by the College of Business Administration) must be demonstrated - 13 credit hours in one approved language or satisfactory performance on the UMSL foreign language placement test.

Students must complete one of the following International Experience Requirements:

INTL BUS 4280International Business Experience0
  1. Study abroad for three or more credits hours.1
  2. Complete an international internship approved by the International Business Institute (maximum of 3 credit hours).
  3. Complete a minimum of one year international experience within 5 years of entering the program in any of the following areas: Peace Corps, volunteer work with an organization, an international posting by a company or government agency and/or approved, significant international experience. Documentation is required for approval.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Articulate and apply foundational knowledge associated with core business disciplines (accounting, finance, supply chain management, marketing, information technology, and management). (Functional Business Knowledge)
  • (a) Identify business problems and opportunities, (b) analyze relevant strategic, tactical, and operational options through qualitative and quantitative methods in order to (c) make recommendations and provide the rationale behind decisions. (Decision Making Skills)
  • Identify and evaluate global business factors, including the opportunities, constraints and risks of operating across various country environments. (Global Orientation)
  • Identify legal/ethical issues, assess impact, and decide on a socially responsible course of action. (Ethical Orientation)
  • Students will be able to effectively communicate business issues, analyses and recommendations in written and oral presentations to stakeholders. (Business Communication Skills)
  • Develop technological and quantitative skills, including those associated with statistics, data visualization and analysis, project management, social media, and those commensurate with their business specialization. (Technological Skills)
  • Demonstrate interpersonal skills to collaborate within diverse teams, effectively engage with stakeholders in a professional manner, and develop leadership skills. (Interpersonal Skills)
  • Develop language proficiency and effective communication skills in a chosen foreign language;
  • Analyze cultural differences and environmental factors to develop competitive strategies globally;
  • Evaluate political, legal, and ethical issues across different country markets;
  • Assess alternative strategic options and make specific recommendations, such as global market entry and currency risk analysis.

Sample Four Year Plan

First Year
MATH 10303ECON 10013
ENGL 11003MATH 11003
INFSYS 18003INFSYS 28003
BUS AD 10003EXPLORE – Humanities & Fine Arts3
EXPLORE – Humanities & Fine Arts3EXPLORE – Math & Sciences3
 15 15
Second Year
MATH 11053ACCTNG 24103
ECON 10023BUS AD 29003
ACCTNG 24003SCMA 33013
Foreign Language 10015Foreign Language 10025
CORE – Communication Proficiency3EXPLORE – Humanities & Fine Arts3
 17 17
Third Year
SCMA 33003FINANCE 35003
MGMT 36003ENGL 31203
MKTG 37003INTL BUS Group 1 Elective3
Foreign Language 21013INTL BUS Group 2 Elective3
CORE – US History & Government3Cultural Diversity Requirement3
 15 15
Fourth Year
INTL BUS Group 1 Elective3INTL BUS 42800
INTL BUS Group 2 Elective3MGMT 4219 or 42203
Non-Business Electives6Junior/Senior Business Electives6
Business or Non-Business Elective3Business or Non-Business Electives2
 15 11
Total Hours: 120