International Business

International Business is an interdisciplinary major that culminates in a Bachelor of Arts degree offered jointly by the College of Arts and Letters and College of Business Administration. This program integrates course work in business administration, a foreign language, and regional and cultural studies.  

For the major in International Business, students must complete the business courses necessary to meet accreditation standards of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International). Students also complete an emphasis in one of 11 languages: Arabic, Chinese, English (for international students only), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, or Spanish. All International Business students are required to demonstrate proficiency in their foreign language emphasis. Finally, students must complete a mandatory semester study abroad in the language/region of emphasis and an internship in international business.

Program Overview

Preparation for the major at the lower-division level includes coursework in regional/cultural studies, business and language. In regional/cultural studies, students take required courses selected from one of the following: Africa-Middle East, Asia , Central Europe, Latin America, North America, and Western Europe. Lower-division core curriculum for business consists of courses in Accounting Fundamentals; Business Law; Economics; Elementary Statistics for Business; and Principles of Information and Decision Systems. Students also choose a course of study in one of the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, English (for international students only), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish.

The curriculum at the upper-division follows that of the lower-division. Advanced courses are required in regional/cultural studies, business, and language. Regional/cultural studies may include courses in traditions, literature, theatre, ancient and modern civilization, history of area business and trade, international relations, philosophy, religion, economics, labor, and political systems. Studies in business include finance, production and operations management, marketing, management and organizational behavior, business ethics, international finance, international business strategy and integration, and global marketing strategy. In language, coursework includes grammar, composition, conversation, translation, civilization, and special commercial Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish courses.

Special Features

Students are required to spend a semester abroad in their region and language of emphasis. Students have the option to choose between a preapproved IB Sponsored Study Abroad Program or an International Internship.

The International Business Program offers Study Abroad Programs with top business schools in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Peru, Portugal, Russia, Spain and Taiwan.

Internships are required as part of the International Business Program. Internships may be completed in the United States or abroad.

Protocol Course - a required one-unit course teaching protocol for success in doing business internationally.

Awards and Distinctions

  • SDSU'S undergraduate international business program ranks No. 9 in the nation, according to U.S. News and World Report's "America's Best Colleges 2016." This Ranking places our program in the top one percent of undergraduate international business programs in the United States.
  • The International Business Program at SDSU is one of the largest undergraduate International business programs in the country, serving more than 500 students annually.

Career Opportunities

Depending upon the focus chosen, an International Business major may prepare students for a career in one of the following areas: airlines, banking and finance, consulting, customs brokerage, education and training, entrepreneurship, freight forwarding, government and U.S. customs, hotel management, human resources, import and export administration, insurance, international sales, marketing, international law, interpretation and translation, manufacturing, purchasing, trade associations, travel agency.

To further explore career options in these fields, visit the Career Services website for more information.

General Catalog

You can view more complete information regarding the International Business program in the General Catalog. All students are responsible for reading and knowing the information pertinent to their areas of study available in the General Catalog. It contains requirements for all academic majors, course descriptions, policies, and regulations governing progress at the university. Catalogs are distributed at all New Student Orientation programs. To order a General Catalog, call (619) 594-7535.