International Business

The international business major provides preparation for a career in all fields of business management across cultures and international borders. All students selecting the international business major are strongly urged to participate in the study abroad programs offered through Dominican University, including a summer program at the University of Strasbourg in France, focused on international business.

Course work completed during a student’s study abroad program may be substituted for the major courses, if approved by the international business advisor.

Students who major in International Business will earn the Bachelor of Arts degree.

Major Requirements

Economics 190, 191, 260, 376;
Business Administration 250, 255, 335, 345, 350, 351, 375, 385, 490;
Accounting 101; and
Four courses from the Language Concentration or four courses from the International Studies Concentration.

Language Concentration

Students must complete four courses beyond 102 in French, Italian or Spanish offered at Dominican University. Language courses taught in English do not meet this requirement. 

Upon selecting this concentration, the student must meet with the international business advisor, who will coordinate the international business and language requirements. Selection of the modern foreign language courses must be approved by a faculty member from the Department of Modern Foreign Languages. International business students who wish to prepare for the examinations leading to the certificates offered by the Chamber of Commerce of Madrid or the Chamber of Commerce of Paris must take additional language course work. See the appropriate language faculty for specific information. 

Students educated outside the United States may not choose their native language to fulfill the language component of the international business major. Students may also choose five courses in another language not offered at Dominican University. Such course work must be approved by the director of the international business program to be accepted in transfer in partial completion of the major. 

Students whose first language is not English and who have completed their secondary school education in a non-English speaking country may select the international business major with English as the language component, with the approval of a designated faculty member from the English department. The English component requires five courses in English and in American history, including English 333 or 336; two courses chosen from English 342, 343, 344; and History 248 and 249. 

Other courses may be substituted based on the student’s background and with permission of the international business and English advisors.

International Studies Concentration

Students must complete four courses including:

  • Communication Arts and Sciences 321;
  • Three courses from the list below. Students are encouraged to take one course focused on Western nations and two courses focused on non-Western nations. Students should consult with their faculty advisor when selecting courses.

Western-focused Courses:

  • HIST 242 - Modern Latin America
  • POSC 260 - Russia and its Neighbors
  • POSC 348 - The Politics of Europe
  • SOC 204 - Latin America Today

Non-Western-focused Courses:

  • HIST 213 - Modern China Since 1800
  • HIST 214 - Modern Japan Since 1800
  • HIST 226 - The Modern Middle East
  • HIST 380 - Contemporary America
  • HIST 391 - Apartheid in South Africa
  • HIST 421 - History of Islamic Banking Systems
  • POSC 264 - Politics in Africa
  • POSC 265 - Middle-Eastern Politics
  • POSC 267 - Politics of India and Pakistan
  • POSC 268 - Politics of Asia
  • POSC 317 - Non-Western Political Thought

Other Courses:

  • CAS 396 - Leadership in a Diverse Multicultural Environment
  • ENGL 336 - Writing at Work
  • GEOG 320 - Global Economic Geography
  • SOC 268 - Cultural Anthropology
  • SOC 302 - Sociology of Globalization and Development
  • POSC 150 - Comparative Politics
  • POSC 343 - International Law

The satisfactory/fail option may be used for only one repeated course required for the major. A minimum of fifteen hours in the major field must be completed at Dominican.

Students majoring or minoring in international business complete MATH 130 or MATH 170 to satisfy the mathematics foundation requirement.


This program provides opportunities for the well-prepared student to work in the area of international business. An internship is done as required course work or as independent study. The experience of on-the-job training gives the student a realistic view of the major field and often widens the horizon of job choice.

Declaring an International Business Major or Minor

To declare a major or minor in international business, please visit the Rosary College of Arts & Sciences office in Crown Link 100 to pick up a declaration form. Please return the form to the Brennan School of Business office in Lewis Hall, Room 203.