Dec 02, 2023  
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2023-2024 
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2023-2024

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:

  • In addition to university core requirement, students are required to have a minor in a Foreign Language (202 and four additional courses from 203-498 with necessary distributional requirements as specified for chosen language. Spanish minor requires five additional courses.)

Major Requirements:

21 total credit hours required, as follows:

Required Courses

Semester Long Study Abroad Program

Students are required to enroll in a semester-long study abroad program, preferably in the Fall or Spring semester of their junior year.

Double Major in Area of Business or Track

Students must choose either a double major in any functional area of business (BSBA in: Accounting, Business Analytics, Economics, Economics, Entrepreneurial Studies, Finance, Information Systems, Management, Marketing,  Strategic Human Resource Management, or Sustainability: Economics and Management) or one of five following tracks that each will consist of three courses:


  • Electives: ECON 341, ECON 307, ECON 450, ECON 470, FINC 350, FINC 365, FINC 370.
  • Students can also use choose up to one elective from BUAD 480-494.
Global Supply Chain

  • Global Supply Chain Management (BAIS 333),
  • Strategic Sourcing (BAIS 335),
  • and an elective from the following: Mktg 310, Mktg 340, BAIS 330, BAIS 360, BAIS 365, BAIS 367, BAIS 389, BAIS 463, BAIS 498, ACCT 304, and ACCT 425

  • SHRM 325
  • MGMT 333.
  • Electives: MGMT 309, MGMT 312, and MGMT 322. Other electives will be added as instructors are identified: MGMT 310, MGMT 385, and MGMT 410. 
    • Students can also use choose up to one elective from BUAD 480-494.

  • MKTG 302
  • MKTG 370 
  • Elective: MKTG 310, MKTG 315, MKTG 325, MKTG 329, MKTG 330, MKTG 340, MKTG 345, MKTG 361, MKTG 368, MKTG 385, MKTG 390, MKTG 398.
    • Students can also use choose up to one elective from BUAD 480-494.

  • SUST 301
  • SUST 401
  • Electives: 3 hours from SUST 465-467, MGMT 309, MGMT 312, MGMT 322, or MGMT 333.
    • Students can also use choose up to one elective from BUAD 480-494.


  • 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

  • PHIL 100
  • CORE 100
  • ENGL 101 OR 115
  • ECON 200
  • LANGUAGE 201
  • BUAD 101
  • CORE 101

Second Semester

  • THEO 111
  • MATH 140
  • ECON 201
  • MKTG 300
  • LANGUAGE 202
  • BUAD 102
  • CORE 102

Sophomore Year

First Semester

  • LANGUAGE 203-498
  • PHIL 200
  • ECON 300
  • ACCT 200
  • BAIS 210
  • BUAD 201

Second Semester

  • LANGUAGE (203-498)
  • ACCT 201
  • BAIS 211
  • BUAD 202

Junior Year

First Semester

  • LANGUAGE (203-498)
  • MGMT 200 (DCR FLAG)
  • FINC 300
  • BUAD 301

Second Semester

  • LANGUAGE (203-498)
  • MKTG 320 or MGMT 325
  • MGMT 201
  • MGMT 302
  • BUAD 302

Senior Year

First Semester

  • FINC 476 (INTL FINC)
  • BUAD 401

Second Semester

  • MGMT 495
  • BUAD 495
  • BUAD 402
  • CORE 499


  • Minimum for undergraduate degree is 120 hours.   
  • Students enter a level of language based on a placement test; it is possible to place into FREN/GERM/SPAN 202 and bypass FREN/GERM/SPAN 201. Students who place below 202 are still able to complete this major by taking advanced language courses where general electives are listed. Note that the current language minor is 15 hours for French and German, and 18 hours for Spanish.
  • Mathematical Perspectives
  • Also fulfills the Social Science Elective
  • Also a Humanities Elective
  • May also be a Diversity flag if taken as FREN/GERM/SPAN 205.
  • Also fulfills the Quantitative Reasoning flag.
  • MGMT 201 has both the Writing and Oral Communication Flags
  • MGMT 495 (part of the Business Core) will serve as the capstone
  • IB majors are strongly encouraged to work with their advisors to select a study abroad program one or two semesters in length for an immersive experience in the chosen language. The student will work with their advisor, over the course of their sophomore year, to select a study abroad program for the Fall and/or Spring semester of their Junior year. It is expected that the student will take a couple of language classes, possibly some University Core classes such as Creative Perspectives, Historical Perspectives, possibly some Business Core classes such as International Trade & Business Environment (Econ 300), Principles of Marketing (Mktg 300), etc., and possibly one or more elective courses such as International Marketing (Mktg 320), Global Supply Chain Management (Mgmt 333), Development Economics (Econ 341), etc. Some courses might have to moved around in the suggested block schedule depending on the progress of specific students. However, this should not be a hindrance to complete all the proposed requirements of the International Business major.
  • Students who wish to use a language other than French, German, or Spanish should consult with the chair of Classics and Modern Language to find study abroad in the chosen language, or language courses in the Consortium to fulfill the Language component of International Business.
  • IB students should meet with a Faculty advisor in each semester to determine core courses that support cultural and social awareness of the language selected. For example, if a student’s language is Spanish, consider a Historical Perspectives course that focuses on Latin America or Spain; if a student’s language is Chinese, consider a Philosophical Perspectives course that focuses on Confucianism.

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