​International Business Curriculum

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2020-2021, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on April 1, 2020. Access the catalog of record at https://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

The International Business Major

Students majoring in international business must satisfy the USD core curriculum requirements as set forth in the catalog, the lower-division business courses in preparation for the major, and the major requirements (i.e., the Business Component and the Major Component), and the Professional Development Passport Program. 

Lower-Division Preparation for the Major

Students must earn a C- or better in all lower-division business preparatory courses for the major.

Students who are pursuing a business major are expected to complete all lower-division business preparatory courses before earning 60 units. Students who have completed 45 – 59 units will receive an email reminding them of the policy that business majors need to complete all lower-division business preparatory courses by 60 units and recommending that they meet with a business advisor if needed.  Students, who have completed 60-74 units but still have outstanding lower-division business preparatory courses, will have an advisor hold placed on their account and must meet with a business advisor before registering for any upper-division business courses.  If a student has earned 75 or more units and still has not completed all of the lower-division business preparatory courses then the student will not be able to register for any upper-division business courses until the lower-division business preparatory courses have been successfully completed with a C- or better.

ACCT 201Principles of Financial Accounting3
ACCT 202Principles of Managerial Accounting3
ECON 101Principles of Microeconomics3-4
ECON 102Principles of Macroeconomics3
ECON 216Statistics for Business and Economics1-4
or ECON 217 Applied Regression Analysis
ECON 217 is restricted to incoming transfer students and must receive pre-approval
ITMG 100Information Systems3
MATH 130Survey of Calculus3
or MATH 150 Calculus I
Total Units19-23

Major Requirements

The courses in the international business major serve two purposes:

  1. they give students a broad background in the major functional areas of business administration, i.e., the Business Component; and,
  2. they allow students to further explore international business and culture, i.e., the Major Component. 
BUSINESS COMPONENT:
DSCI 300Prescriptive Business Analytics3
DSCI 303Operations Management3
ETLW 302Business and Society3
or PHIL 332 Business Ethics
ETLW 311Business Law I3
FINA 300Financial Management3
MGMT 300Organizational Behavior3
MGMT 497Strategic Management3
MKTG 300Fundamentals of Marketing3
or MKTG 303 Fundamentals of Marketing Alternative
Business Component Total Units24
MAJOR COMPONENT:
Required Foreign Language
A fourth semester competency in a second language (in a modern language) with a grade of C or better is required.
Required International Studies
A student must participate in an approved international university study program for a minimum of three units of coursework earned. Courses comprising the international studies component can also fulfill the course requirements in the major or outside of the major.
Required Courses
BUSN 361Introduction to International Business3
Select two of the following courses:6
ECON 333International Economics
FINA 405International Financial Management
MGMT 309International Comparative Management
MKTG 305Global Marketing
Global Marketing Alternative
Required Courses Total Units9
Elective Courses
Select three elective courses from List A (all three courses), or a combination of Lists A and B with a maximum of two courses from List B (see note under List B):9
Total Units42
List A: Pre-approved courses within the School of Business  Administration (no limit): 
BUSN 339Latin America Business Environment
Latin America Business Environment
BUSN 377Negotiation in a Global Business Environment
ECON 333International Economics
ECON 335Economic Development of Latin America
ECON 337Economic Development of Asia
ETLW 313International Business Law and Ethics
FINA 405International Financial Management
MGMT 309International Comparative Management
MKTG 305Global Marketing
Global Marketing Alternative
MGMT 312Global Social Entrepreneurship
MGMT 414International Management Consulting
BUSN 498Internship
Additional courses may satisfy an elective requirement in the International Business major, if the focus is international business. Examples include BUSN 494, FINA 4949, MGMT 494, and MKTG 494. Consult the Program Director for pre-approval and information about these courses.
List B: Pre-approved courses outside the School of Business  Administration (limit six units)

Note: Although up to two courses (six units) may be taken outside of the School of Business Administration from the following list of regional courses, both courses must be selected from the same regional area (i.e., Africa, Asia, Latin America, Middle East and Europe), but not from the same academic discipline (i.e., HIST, POLS, THRS, POLS, PHIL or SOCI).

Africa
HIST 302History of South Africa
HIST 303African Feminisms: History, Negotiation, Belonging
HIST 304Africa in the Western Imagination
HIST 309Topics in African History
POLS 360Politics in Sub-Saharan Africa
SOCI 376Education, Citizenship and Politics in South Africa
THRS 315Islamic Thought and Culture
THRS 321Afro-Latin Religions
Asia
HIST 364Topics in Asian History
HIST 365China: Rise to Global Power
HIST 366Japan: Samurai to Subaru
HIST 367Women's Lives in East Asia
HIST 372United States-East Asia Relations
PHIL 476Studies in Asian Philosophy
POLS 358Politics in South Asia
POLS 367Politics in Japan
POLS 368Politics in China
THRS 305Buddhist Art and Pilgrimage in India
THRS 312The Hindu Tradition
THRS 314Buddhist Thought and Culture
THRS 315Islamic Thought and Culture
THRS 316The Daoist Tradition
THRS 317Religions of China
THRS 326Religion and the Performing Arts in Bali
Latin America
ANTH 327South American Indian Cultures
ANTH 328Caribbean Cultures
HIST 361Modern Latin America
HIST 362Topics in Latin America History
HIST 363History of Brazil
HIST 384History of Mexico
POLS 357Politics in Latin America
POLS 366Politics in Mexico
POLS 374U.S.-Latin American Relations
THRS 321Afro-Latin Religions
Middle East
HIST 359Modern Middle East
POLS 359Politics in the Middle East
THRS 313Jewish Faith and Practice
THRS 315Islamic Thought and Culture
Europe
HIST 311Greek Civilization
HIST 312Roman Civilization
HIST 321The Fall of the Roman Empire
HIST 322Castles and Crusades: Medieval Europe, 1050-1450
HIST 323Medieval Woman
HIST 324Christians, Muslims and Jews in Medieval Spain
HIST 331The Global Renaissance
HIST 332Role-Playing the Renaissance
HIST 333Europe 1600-1800
HIST 335The Victorians in Literature & Film
HIST 342From Subjects to Citizens: Nation Building in France and India
HIST 343History of Germany Since 1945
HIST 346Topics in Medieval and Early Modern Europe
HIST 347Topics in Modern Europe
HIST 348France in Revolution and War
HIST 350History of the British Isles
HIST 351Modern Britain
HIST 352Victorian Britain and the World
HIST 353Topics in Russian and East European History
HIST 354History of Spain
HIST 355Ancient Near East
PHIL 472Studies in Modern European Philosophy
POLS 355Politics in Europe
POLS 362Politics in the United Kingdom
POLS 363Politics in France
POLS 364Politics in Germany
POLS 365Politics in Russia

The International Business major requires a minimum of 24 upper-division units in the major be completed at USD, of which 12 upper-division units must be in the major component. 

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2020-2021, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on April 1, 2020. Access the catalog of record at https://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

Minor Requirements

Required Lower-Division Courses
ACCT 201Principles of Financial Accounting3
ECON 101Principles of Microeconomics3
ECON 102Principles of Macroeconomics3
Required Upper-Division Course
BUSN 361Introduction to International Business3
Elective Courses
Select two of the following:6
BUSN 339Latin America Business Environment
Latin America Business Environment
BUSN 377Negotiation in a Global Business Environment
ECON 333International Economics
ECON 335Economic Development of Latin America
ECON 337Economic Development of Asia
ETLW 313International Business Law and Ethics
FINA 405International Financial Management
MGMT 309International Comparative Management
MGMT 312Global Social Entrepreneurship
MGMT 414International Management Consulting
MKTG 305Global Marketing
Global Marketing Alternative
Any pre-approved upper-division international business elective, including region-specific international abroad courses.
Total Units18