International Business

Developing international business leaders with a global mindset

The international business major covers a broad range of skills and knowledge and prepares students for careers in private industry, government, and non-profit organizations, as well as for graduate study in business.

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NATIONALLY RANKED FOR INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Bloomberg Businessweek ranks the University of San Diego #16 (out of 124 eligible schools) for International Business in their survey of the top undergraduate business programs in the country.

International Business Major

Lower-Division Preparation for the Major (22-23 Units)

ACCT 201   Principles of Financial Accounting
  • Introduction to accounting records, their purpose and use, emphasizing the establishment of a solid conceptual background. Accounting procedures for specific asset, liability, and owner's equity accounts are also examined from the point of view of users of financial statements. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.
ACCT 202   Principles of Managerial Accounting
  • Introduction of managerial accounting information for planning, controlling, and making decisions within a firm. Current changes to the business environment and their impact on accounting is also presented. Prerequisites: ACCT 201 and ITMG 100 (or concurrent enrollment).
ECON 101   Principles of Microeconomics
  • An introduction to consumer behavior and the theory of the firm. Topics include the demand behavior of households, the supply behavior of business firms, an introduction to market structure, and the workings of input markets.
ECON 102   Principles of Macroeconomics
  • The study of the operation of the American economy in an international setting, examining the interaction of households, business firms, government, and the rest of the world in resource, product, and financial markets. Topics include national income accounting and analysis, business fluctuations, inflation, unemployment, and monetary and fiscal policy. Prerequisite: ECON 101.
ECON 216   Statistics for Business and Economics
  • A systematic exposure to the issues and problems of applying and interpreting statistical analyses of business situations. Topics include descriptive statistics, probability, random variables and their distributions, statistical inference, multiple regression and residual analysis, correlation, classical time-series models, and forecasting. Extensive computer analysis of data. Prerequisite: MATH 130 or 150.
ITMG 100   Information Systems
  • An introduction to computer-based information systems and their role in business and other organizations. Topics include information technology, information systems and development concepts, and application software. Emphasis on improving student skills as knowledge workers through the effective use of business productivity software and the Internet. Instructional methods include lecture, case study, hands-on projects, and student presentations.
MATH 130   Survey of Calculus
  • A terminal mathematics course giving an introduction to the concepts and techniques of elementary differential and integral calculus. Note 1: This course is not equivalent to MATH 150, and will not serve as a prerequisite to MATH 151. Prerequisite: MATH 114 with a grade of C– or better, MATH 115 with a grade of C– or better, or pass Level 2 mathematics placement exam within the previous year. (every semester)
or MATH 150   Calculus I
  • Fundamental notions of analytic geometry, differential and integral calculus with elementary applications; historical references. Prerequisite: MATH 115 with a grade of C– or better, or pass Level 2 mathematics placement exam within the previous year. Students without a solid trigonometry background are strongly recommended to take MATH 118 prior to or concurrently with MATH 150. (every semester)

Second Language Component

A fourth semester competency in a second language (in a modern language) with a grade of C or better is required.

International Studies Component (3 units minimum)

A student must participate in an approved international university study program for a minimum of 3 units. Courses comprising the international studies component can also fulfill the course requirements in the major or outside of the major.

Note:  Student must have completed 60 units to take upper-division courses.

Upper-Division Business Component for the Major (24 Units)

DSCI 300  Management Science
  • An introduction to model formulation and solution techniques emphasizing their applications in decision making. Topics may include linear programming, transportation and assignment models, Markov analysis, network analysis, PERT/CPM methods, queuing models, and decision analysis. Prerequisite: ECON 216.
DSCI 303  Operations Management
  • An introductory analysis of operations, planning, control, and improvement in services and manufacturing industries. Topics may include forecasting, process design, scheduling, inventories, JIT, productivity measurement, quality management, and learning curves. Prerequisite: ECON 216.
ETLW 302 Business and Society
  • This course examines principles of social responsibility, ethics, law, and stakeholder theory as they apply to organizations domestically and abroad. Coverage includes business ethics; individual versus societal interests; labor and employment issues; consumer protection; discrimination and diversity; the natural environment; politics, public policy, and government regulation of business. Particular attention is given to developing moral reasoning skills. Meets the requirements for the Environmental Studies minor. Prerequisite: MGMT 300.
ETLW 311 Business Law I 
  • Covers the fundamentals of United States law and legal system, relationship of law to ethics, criminal law, torts, contracts, agency, risk management, insurance, and hiring and managing an attorney. Special emphasis is given to preventing legal problems and resolving conflicts in business for business practitioners. Systems and methods of dispute resolution are considered, including negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and the U.S. judicial system, including small claims court.
FINA 300  Financial Management
  • This course is an introduction to the fundamental principles that guide the financial manager in making asset management, valuation and financing decisions. Topics include ratio analysis, time value of money, stock and bond valuation, risk and return (CAPM), capital budgeting, financial planning, cost of capital and options. Pre-requisites: ACCT 201, ECON 102, ECON 216
MGMT 300 Organizational Behavior
  • The study of human behavior in organizational settings. Examines the interface between human behavior and the organizational context, and presents frameworks for managing people in the organization. Topics addressed include perceptual processes, personality, learning, motivation, attitudes, stress, group dynamics, intergroup behavior, conflict, power, politics, leadership, and cross-cultural implications. Behavioral science concepts are applied through self-assessment, case studies, and experiential exercises.
MGMT 490 Strategic Management
  • This course develops skills in problem analysis and decision making in areas of corporate strategy and business policy. It is the integrating course of the undergraduate program and will concentrate on the application of concepts through case studies. Open only to last-semester graduating seniors.
MKTG 300 Fundamentals of Marketing
  • The objective of this course is to introduce students to the important issues undertaken by marketers within a socially responsible and ethical framework. The students will learn the marketing vocabulary and basic elements of a marketing analysis. Upon completion of the course they will have developed the knowledge necessary to prepare a well-thought-out marketing plans. Prerequisites: ECON 101.

International Business Component for the Major (18 Units)

Required courses (9 units): 

Select three of the following courses:

ECON 333 International Economics  
  • The theory, practice, and institutions of the international economy. Topics include international trade and investment, balance of payments, foreign exchange rate determination, multinational enterprises, trade with developing countries, and international economic policy. Prerequisite: ECON 102.
FINA 405 International Finance
  • An introduction to the problems facing the financial management of international companies. Topics include foreign exchange exposure management, financing trade, foreign direct investments, international accounting and control, and working capital management. Prerequisite: FINA 300.
MGMT 309 International Comparative Management
  • Addresses the dilemmas and opportunities that managers face as they work in multicultural and global environments. The main objective of the course is to increase the effectiveness of managers/employees in identifying, understanding, and managing the cultural components of organizational dynamics. Focuses on the relationships between cultural values and the practice of managing people. Prerequisite: MGMT 300. (For International Business minors only, BUSN 361 may substitute MGMT 300 as the prerequisite for this course.)
MKTG 305 Global Marketing
  • The purpose of this course is to provide an up-to-date overview of international marketing. The principles of marketing will be augmented by additional exposure to the opportunities and problems facing marketing managers in the changing global marketplace. Special attention will be given to the management of cultural differences in product development, distribution systems, pricing, and marketing communication. Prerequisite: MKTG 300. (For International Business minors only, BUSN 361 may substitute MKTG 300 as the prerequisite for this course.)

Elective courses* (9 units):

Pre-approved courses from within the School of Business:

BUSN 377 Negotiation in a Global Environment
  • In an increasingly interdependent world, the ability to negotiate with people with diverse socio-cultural backgrounds and in different regions of the world is crucial for managers and leaders. This course offers skills and knowledge for becoming an effective negotiator through lecture, class discussion, and experiential exercises. This course includes several negotiation simulations and exercises that incorporate cross-cultural and international components.
ECON 333 International Economics
  • The theory, practice, and institutions of the international economy. Topics include international trade and investment, balance of payments, foreign exchange rate determination, multinational enterprises, trade with developing countries, and international economic policy. Prerequisite: ECON 102.
ECON 335 Economic Development of Latin America
  • An analysis of the determinants of economic development and growth in Third World countries in general and Latin American in particular, along with associated problems and policies. Topics include theories and policies concerning population, income distribution, education, capital formation, finance, agriculture, industry, trade, and economic planning. Prerequisite: ECON 102.
ECON 337 Economic Development of Asia
  • An analysis of the determinants of economic development and growth in Asia and the Pacific Rim, along with associated problems and policies. Topics include theories and policies concerning industry, agriculture, domestic savings and investment, human resources, international trade, foreign capital, and external debt. Prerequisite: ECON 102.
ETLW 313 International Business Law and Ethics
  • The purpose of this course is to provide an up-to-date overview of international marketing. The principles of marketing will be augmented by additional exposure to the opportunities and problems facing marketing managers in the changing global marketplace. Special attention will be given to the management of cultural differences in product development, distribution systems, pricing, and marketing communication. Prerequisite: MKTG 300. (For International Business minors only, BUSN 361 may substitute MKTG 300 as the prerequisite for this course.)
FINA 405 International Finance
  • An introduction to the problems facing the financial management of international companies. Topics include foreign exchange exposure management, financing trade, foreign direct investments, international accounting and control, and working capital management. Prerequisite: FINA 300.
MGMT 309 International Comparative Management
  • Addresses the dilemmas and opportunities that managers face as they work in multicultural and global environments. The main objective of the course is to increase the effectiveness of managers/employees in identifying, understanding, and managing the cultural components of organizational dynamics. Focuses on the relationships between cultural values and the practice of managing people. Prerequisite: MGMT 300. (For International Business minors only, BUSN 361 may substitute MGMT 300 as the prerequisite for this course.)
MKTG 305 International Marketing
  • The purpose of this course is to provide an up-to-date overview of international marketing. The principles of marketing will be augmented by additional exposure to the opportunities and problems facing marketing managers in the changing global marketplace. Special attention will be given to the management of cultural differences in product development, distribution systems, pricing, and marketing communication. Prerequisite: MKTG 300. (For International Business minors only, BUSN 361 may substitute MKTG 300 as the prerequisite for this course.)
BUSN 498 Pre-approved international business related internship
  • Experiential learning working in a business, government, or nonprofit organization. Placements provide the opportunity for practical application of business, economics, and accounting principles. See schedule of classes for special meeting times. This course may not be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: senior business, accounting, or economics majors only; junior business administration, business economics, accounting, or economics majors with 75 units; and senior business administration, accounting, or economics minors with consent of instructor.
  • Other pre-approved special topic courses for the international business elective with may be a BUSN 494, MGMT 494, FINA 494 OR MKTG 494.

**Pre-approved upper-division elective courses outside of the SBA:
Up to 6units of the 9 elective units may be taken outside of the SBA from a list of pre-approved regional courses. 
If 6 units are taken from outside the SBA, they must be selected from the same regional area and cannot be from the same discipline.

Pre-Approved Upper-Division Elective Courses Outside of the SBA

Current pre-approved upper-division electives from outside the School of Business Administration that are complementary to international business, including geographic area studies and general international issues, are listed below.

Africa
HIST 368 History of Africa
HIST 369 Issues in Modern Africa
POLS 360 Politics in Sub-Saharan Africa
THRS 315 Islamic Faith and Practice
THRS 321 Afro-Latin Religions
Asia
HIST 364 Topics in Asian History
HIST 365 History of China
HIST 366 History of Japan
HIST 367 Women in East Asia
HIST 372 U.S. - East Asia Relations
HIST 386 The Pacific Ocean in History
PHIL 476 Studies in Asian Philosophy
POLS 358 Politics in South Asia
POLS 367 Politics in Japan
POLS 368 Politics in China
SOC 351 China in the 21st Century
THRS 312 Hindu Faith and Practice
THRS 314 Buddhist Faith and Practice
THRS 315 Islamic Faith and Practice
THRS 317 Religions of China
Latin America
ANTH 327 South American Indian Cultures
ANTH 328 Caribbean Cultures
HIST 360 Colonial Latin America
HIST 361 Modern Latin America
HIST 362 Topics in Latin American History
HIST 363 History of Brazil 
HIST 384 History of Mexico
POLS 357 Politics in Latin America
POLS 366 Politics in Mexico
POLS 374 U.S. - Latin American Relations
SPAN 304 Cultural History of Latin America
SPAN 360 Survey of Latin American Literature
SPAN 448 Latin American Short Story
SPAN 449 Latin American Novel
SPAN 451 Latin American Poetry
SPAN 453 Mexican Literatrue and Culture
SPAN 458 Jewish Latin American 
THRS 321 Afro-Latin Religions
THRS 368 U.S. - Latino/a and Latin American Theologies
Middle East
HIST 359 Modern Middle East
POLS 359 Politics in the Middle East
THRS 313 Jewish Faith and Practice
THRS 315 Islamic Faith and Practice
Europe
FREN 303 Cultural Backgrounds of French Civilization
FREN 320 Survey of French Literature I: Middle Ages to the Eighteenth Century
FREN 321 Survey of French Literature II: 19th and 20th Centuries
FREN 394 Topics in Language, Literature, or Culture
FREN 403 Contemporary French Civilization
FREN 410 French Theater 
FREN 411 French Prose 
FREN 412 French Novel 
FREN 413 French Poetry
FREN 414 French Women Writers 
GERM 302 Readings in German Literature
GERM 303 Cultural Backgrounds of German Civilization
GERM 312 German Literature from 1900 to the Present
HIST 347 Topics in Modern Europe
HIST 350 History of the British Isles
HIST 351 Modern Britain
HIST 352 The British Empire
HIST 354 Modern Spain
HIST 355 Imperial Russia
HIST 356 Russian Since 1917
HIST 357 Topics in Russian and East European History
ITAL 320 Intro to Italian Literature and Culture I: From the Middle Ages to the 17th Century
ITAL 321 Intro to Italian Literature and Culture II: From the Enlightenment to Today
ITAL 403 Italian Culture through Film
ITAL 410 Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Italy
ITAL 411 Studies in Modern Italian Literature and Culture
ITAL 412 Studies in Contemporary Italian Literature and Culture 
ITAL 413 Italian Literature of Migration 
PHIL 472 Studies in Modern European Philosophy 
POLS 355 Politics in Western Europe
POLS 356 Politics in East-Central Europe
POLS 362 Politics in the United Kingdom
POLS 363 Politics in France
POLS 364 Politics in Germany
POLS 365 Politics in Russia
POLS 372 Russian Foreign Policy
SPAN 302 Cultural History of Spain
SPAN 320 Survey of Spanish Literature
SPAN 422 Studies in Medieval Spanish Literature
SPAN 423 Studies in Spanish Literature of the Golden Age
SPAN 424 Don Quijote de la Mancha
SPAN 426 Spanish Literature of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries
SPAN 427 Twentieth-Century Spanish Literature

Residency Requirements

The international business major requires that a minimum of 24 upper-division units in the major be completed at USD. This requirement does not include USD faculty-led course abroad organized through the International Center.

Successful completion of the Professional Development Passport Program is also a requirement for graduation for all Business majors.