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 Network Club (IBN)

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 Kleeman-Jung, Alumni, Senior Global Compliance Manager, Amazon

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, Principal PM Manager, Microsoft

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, Program Manager, Asia and Eurasia Region, Americares




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 has implemented priority application deadlines for all majors and minors excluding MSCM and Economics.  However applications are accepted at any time.

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

PDF icon PLANNING SHEET BA-International Business

     IBUS Student Advice

PDF icon WWU Direct Exchange sites (WWU tuition) for study abroad 

PDF icon IB Courses 2020-21.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 MGMT 271 count toward your GUR requirements well as for your business degree.

Using GURs Effectively for Students with International Interests

Applying for Graduation:

When you are ready to apply for graduation email the Management Department Manager, at, include your WWU ID (W#) in your request for your major and/or minor evaluation.

There is no need to first consult an international business faculty advisor before you contact the department to complete your Major Evaluation for graduation.  The Department of Management, not your IBUS advisor, approves your Major Evaluation needed to graduate.  Faculty advisors are available if needed for help planning remaining coursework.

After the department reviews and completes your Major and or Minor Evaluation in Degree Works they will notify you via email it has been completed.  At that time you can submit your Degree Application to the Registrar's office via email, form link below.  

When you submit the required ‘Degree Application Form’ to the Registrar's office they will bill your student account for the required application fee.