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Major in International Business

Why
The world economy has fundamentally shifted in just the past couple of decades. The volume of goods, services, and investment crossing borders has increased exponentially. At the same time, technology has made old barriers to cross-border business such as distances, languages, time zones, cultures, and business norms increasingly irrelevant. Instead of ignoring this increasing interdependence of the world economy, we recognize it as globalization and enthusiastically study it.

Who It's For
International business is not just for people who want to spend their careers traveling and working in other cultures. Familiarity with the international business environment has become a required skill for all successful participants in today’s knowledge economy.

What It Looks Like
International business examines core business functions such as finance, marketing, human resource management, and operations in the international context. However, it does not stop there.

Courses cover the political, economic, socio-cultural, technological and environmental forces that shape the global business environment. In international business courses, students also investigate international trade theory, international organizations and the monetary system, and international business culture.

Career in International Business
Government agencies, multi-national corporations, import/export companies, aid organizations, and universities all hire international business graduates. International business students sometimes combine their majors with other kinds of training, making themselves extraordinarily competitive in more traditional business fields such as accounting, finance, marketing, transportation, and shipping/logistics.

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS Major (5 courses):

Required

BUS 308   International Business

Choose 2 or more

BUS 309  International Trade Management

BUS 364  Managing a Diverse Workforce

BUS 415  International Marketing

Only one of: BUS 491 (International Financial Management) or ECON 342 (Global Financial Markets)

Choose
maximum of 2

ECON 311  Economics of Developing Countries

ECON 341  International Trade

IS course numbered IS 300 or higher

PSCI 340  International Law

PSCI 343  International Political Economy

PSCI 344  Political Economy of Development and Underdevelopment

Only one of: ECON 211, PSCI 240, SOC 201, an approved Lauguage course (not the student's first language). A language course is encouraged.

Only one course completed as part of an approved International Study Aboard/Student Exchange program (consult with the Program Coordinator to obtain program approval).

 

Students interested in learning more about becoming a Certified International Trade Professional (CITP), should contact the Forum for International Trade and Training (FITT): www.fitt.ca