Oct 20, 2019  
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2019-2020 
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2019-2020

International Business, B.S.B.A.

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The world is a global marketplace creating great opportunities for  careers in business, trade, government and non-government organizations (NGOs) for people with good business and technical skills, as well as cross-cultural and foreign language abilities.

  • Living and  working in the U.S. for a company that sends you abroad for business travel, or
  • Working for a company that sends you abroad to work for a number of years at a time.

The International Business major is an interdisciplinary program that provides you with skills and knowledge to pursue a long-term career in international business. Courses and faculty come from a number of disciplines across the Williams College of Business. Because companies often provide foreign assignments to employees who are trained in their domestic operations, we recommend considering a second major such as marketing, finance, information systems, or accounting; if you can’t do that, take a few targeted courses in one discipline.

Requirements for the Major in International Business

Undergraduate core curriculum requirements:

Undergraduate Core Curriculum  

Foreign/Second Language:

  • Through the 202 course level (the Intermediate level).

Major Requirements:

21 total credit hours required, as follows:

3 hours of International Business Capstone:

  • BUAD 495

6 hours of Global Cultural Knowledge:

  • A history course — not used to satisfy university core requirements — that addresses the history of a country or region of the world except the U.S.
  • A modern language course at the 300-400 level in the language used to fulfill the modern language skill requirement of the major.
  • A course in a modern language that is not being used to fulfill the modern language skill requirement in the major.


  • 3 hours of business electives.


  • A 2.000 cumulative average must be attained in the economics courses.

International Experience

Students engage in a summer-long or semester-long study-abroad or work abroad in a country other than one’s native country. (Two additional courses of foreign language generally at the 300-level or above, may be substituted for the international experience. To pursue this option, see the international business advisor; these cannot also be counted toward the International Cultural Elective.)

To help plan your courses, study- or work-abroad experience, and future career, be sure to meet with one of the international business advisors.

B.S.B.A. International Business

This block serves as a guideline for progress toward a degree. See your academic advisor.

Freshman Year

First Semester

  • FY Seminar-CORE 100 or THEO 111
  • ENGL 101/115
  • Foreign Language4
  • Mathematical Perspectives-MATH 140 or 170
  • Social Science Elective-ECON 200 1
  • BUAD 101
  • CORE 101

Second Semester

  • THEO 111 or FY Seminar-CORE 100
  • Foreign Language4
  • Historical Perspectives Elective
  • ECON 201
  • MKTG 300
  • BUAD 102
  • CORE 102

Sophomore Year

First Semester

  • PHIL 100
  • Humanities Elective 3
  • ACCT 200
  • BAIS 210
  • MGMT 200 (DCR Flag)
  • BUAD 201

Second Semester

  • Scientific Perspectives or Natural Sciences Elective 2
  • ACCT 201
  • ECON 300
  • BAIS 211
  • BAIS 220
  • BUAD 202

Junior Year

First Semester

  • MGMT 201 (Oral Communications & Writing Flag)
  • Philosophical Perspectives-PHIL 200
  • FINC 300-(Quantitative Reasoning Flag)
  • MKTG 320-International Marketing
  • MGMT 325-International Management
  • BUAD 301

Second Semester

  • Theological Perspectives Elective
  • ENGL 205
  • Creative Perspectives Elective
  • INBU Elective
  • Global Cultural Knowledge Elective GCK
  • BUAD 302

Senior Year

First Semester

  • Natural Science Elective or Scientific Perspective 2
  • MGMT 302
  • FINC 476-International Finance
  • Business Elective or Internship for Credit
  • General Elective 1*
  • BUAD 401

Second Semester

  • Business Core Capstone
  • BLAW 300 (ERS)
  • BUAD 495-Capstone in International Business
  • Global Cultural Knowledge GCK
  • General Elective 2*
  • BUAD 402
  • CORE 499


  • Minimum for undergraduate degree is 120 hours.   Major is 21 hours (plus business elective or internship for credit).
  • 1-Social Science:  Business majors must take ECON 200 as Social Science Elective
  • 2-Science:  Take any six hours of science - but must include at least 3 hours of Natural Science such as BIOL, CHEM or PHYS
  • 3-Humanities:  Include any Literature (except 205), CLAS, HIST 200+, THEO 300+, PHIL 300+ (but cannot also double count as ERS)
  • 4-Foreign Language: INBU majors must demonstrate intermediate language proficiency (complete 202-level)
  • GCK–Global Cultural Knowledge electives include courses in HIST, POLI, INBU as well as a new foreign language. Many study abroad courses fulfill this requirement.
  • FLAGS:  All flags are included in business core curriculum
  • *General electives may be filled by any course or pre-requisites based on Math or Foreign Language placement scores
  • Study abroad is required in this major.  Otherwise you must take 6 additional hours of a foreign language beyond 202-level.
  • Note: many INBU majors double major in another business discipline.

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