BBA Degree with Emphasis in International Business

The International Business concentration is designed to equip graduates with skills suitable for employment at international and global enterprises. A student would understand advantages and challenges of doing business globally, understand different cultures and be able to per­form business tasks in a different cultural and professional environment.

Learning objectives for the International Business concentration:

Upon completion of the concentration in internation­al business, students will be able to do the following:

  • Critically assess costs and benefits of doing busi­ness internationally
  • Demonstrate familiarity with international busi­ness practices and select strategies suitable for firms entering and operating in global markets
  • Assess the impact of international business activi­ties on functional departments within a firm
  • Identify risks associated with global operations and strategies for managing those risks
  • Demonstrate the ability to manage cultural and ethical challenges related to international business
  • Apply multicultural constructs to business tasks

The following courses are required for the Interna­tional Business concentration:

  • BU356 Cross-Cultural Management
  • BU368 International Marketing
  • BU457 Multinational Enterprise Practices
  • EC410 International Economics or BU477 International Finance
  • Twelve additional upper-division elective hours in ac­counting, business, or economics
  • One of the following:
    • BU406 International Business and Entrepreneurship Experience *
    • At least three credit hours earned through a university-approved study abroad or an international internship *
    • Six credit hours of course work in one of the modern foreign languages at the intermediate level or above

* Credits earned may be counted to fulfill the twelve additional upper-division elective hours in accounting, business, or economics requirement.  However, that courses taken to fulfill the requirements of the International Business concentration cannot be used to simultaneously meet the Global Dynamics Requirement (GDR) for the BBA degree. Therefore, a student seeking a BBA degree with a concentration in International Business will have to take the total of five courses with international content. While most students will use BU 355 to meet the GDR, students who have already met the GDR by taking EC 410 or BU 477 will be required to take either the other course or BU 355.

Freshmen and students new to the School of Business should visit with Stacy Woltje initially for help in determining their degree track. Sophomores, juniors and seniors may choose a faculty member advisor.

Determining the correct catalog year is very important when using our advising literature.  Catalog years dictate the requirements of your degree program and can change from year to year.  These requirements will remain in force for up to seven years, or until the student decides to choose a newer catalog year.  Sometimes it makes sense for a student to choose a newer catalog, while other times it’s more advantageous to use the older catalog.  Regularly working with your advisor ensures you are following the right degree track.

For students who started at Washburn on or before Summer 2019: Use the 2018-2019 catalog (updated general education program – requiring 9 hours from each of the core distribution areas of Humanities, Social Sciences and Natural Sciences)

For students who start at Washburn in Fall 2019-Summer 2020: Use the 2019-2020 catalog (additional writing elective added within the Humanities requirement)

For students who start at Washburn in Fall 2020-Summer 2021: Use the 2020-2021 catalog (additional course in BU248 Data Analytics added to Business Core requirements)


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