International Business

International Business Concentration

Preparing Students for Global Careers

Why International Business?

An international business concentration prepares you to conduct business across borders in a variety of situations. Often combining some training in language and in other business areas, graduates will be able to manage business relationships that are central to the global business environment.

We also offer a minor in international business.

Why Study International Business?

  • Like to work with many types of people?
  • Want to use your interest in foreign cultures?
  • Like to get people together across borders for common goals?
  • Enjoy working with complicated problems and situations?


People with the necessary skills to conduct international business are vital to organizations now more than ever before. Globalization is pushing companies to find and hire people trained to conduct business in other countries. The international business concentration will provide you with the skills global companies are seeking.

What will I learn?

  • Liberal Arts education
  • Basic business skills
  • Integrated courses applying business skills to the international environment.
  • Functional area of business with international focus
  • Exposure to other areas in international economics, social sciences, and study aborad
  • Flexibility to match courses to your career plans

What will I experience?

  • Second language study, internship, or study abroad
  • Can combine with another major
  • Optional project course with local companies
  • International Business Club

What can I do with my International Business training?

  • Import/export management
  • Management of international 
    relationships between firms
  • International marketing
  • Law school or public administration
  • Join internationally active firms such as: financial institutions, retail firms, Peace Corps or NGOs


Still, there are many more careers available to a person with an international business education other than those listed above.

What are students saying?

My favorite class in the IBUS program was the one where we worked directly with local companies to help develop a strategy to get into a foreign market because it gave you contacts for the future.Hayley James, Alumni

The International Business program at Western engages and challenges its students to analyze and resolve real business challenges that are very relevant in today's globalized economy.Sebastian Kohlmeier, Alumni

I feel like I received a rounded education. I think the greatest thing is that I am interested in continuing to learn outside the classroom, especially when it comes to international issues.Kelsea DeCosta, Alumni


By meeting with your faculty advisor and creating a plan of study this will allow you to finish your degree in a more timely manner.  The EIGHT foundation courses need to be completed and the college gpa guidelines need to be met to become a full major.

Please note:

CBE is implementing application deadlines for all majors and minors excluding Economics beginning winter quarter 2017.

Application Deadlines:

  • WINTER 2017 Oct. 14, 2016 by 5 PM.
  • SPRING  2017 Jan. 27, 2017 by  5 PM.
  • FALL 2017 April 14, 2017 by 5 PM.


We also offer an international business minor.

For help with planning your courses, please see your faculty advisor or the department office.

IBUS Information Documents:

Below is a set of helpful documents to lead a student through the IBUS concentration

International Business Major Planning Sheet

IBUS Student Advice

 PDF icon IB Courses 2016-17.pdf

General University Requirements (GUR):

You should try to pick GUR’s that have international content when possible.   The link below, ‘Using GURs Effectively for Students with International Interests’ gives suggestions on courses that will satisfy the liberal arts breadth, but still connect to your future major in international business.   Remember that ECON 206, ECON 207 and MGMT271 count toward your GUR requirements well as for your business degree.

Using GURs Effectively for Students with International Interests

The Final Hurdle: Applying for Graduation:

When you get close to graduation, you will need to submit the 'International Business Evaluation Request Form' to the Management Department, PH 351.
Scroll down to the bottom of this forms page to the ‘Department of Management’ heading to find the form.  DO NOT USE THE GENERIC ‘MAJOR EVALUATION FOR GRADUATION’ FORM ON THE REGISTRAR’S WEB SITE. CBE USES ITS OWN FORM.

There is no need to first consult an international business faculty advisor before you submit this form for graduation.  The Department of Management, not your IBUS advisor, approves your application to graduate.  We are available if needed, of course.

After the department reviews and approves your form, the form is placed in an envelope in a box outside the department office for you to pick up. It should take two weeks or less. You will not get a notice that it is done, so you will need to check.

You then submit it, and the required ‘Degree Application Form’ to the Registrar.