International Business 

Bachelor of Business Administration 

Department of Management

As the economy has shifted from a domestic to a globally competitive marketplace, there continues to be a growing demand for business professionals who can function effectively in the international environment. International business involves business transactions between two or more nations.

The International Business program at Wichita State University is a multidisciplinary program. You will take classes from various departments in the Barton School of Business as well as courses in political science, language, and culture. Part of your culture study requires you to participate in a study abroad experience in one of the three areas: Asia Pacific, Europe, or Latin America. You will also complete a minor in one or two specific business disciplines.

When you graduate from this program, you might work in multinational corporations, joint venture operations, trading companies, import-export firms, banks, or a federal government.

Foundation Skills
ENGL 100/101 – College English I
ENGL 102 – College English II
COMM 111 – Public Speaking
MATH 111 or 112 – College Algebra or Pre-Calculus
General Education Requirements
Fine Arts Intro
Hum Intro 
Econ 201 
Math 144 
*First Year Seminar    Please See an Advisor   
     IB 333
     ENTR 310
     FA/HUM/MNS 300+ level
Advanced Standing Requirements
MATH 144  – Business Calculus
ECON 201 – Macroeconomics
ECON 202 – Microeconomics
ECON 231 – Business Statistics
ECON 232 – Statistical Software Applications - 1 cr.
BADM 100 - Exploring the World of Business
BADM 162 – Business Software: Excel - 1 cr.
ACCT 210 – Financial Accounting
ACCT 220 – Managerial Accounting


NOTE: All courses are 3 credits unless noted otherwise

Business Core Requirements
MKT 300 – Marketing
ENTR 310 – The Entrepreneurial Experience
IB 333 – International Business
FIN 340 – Financial Management I
DS 350 – Introduction to Production & Operations Management
MGMT 360 – Principles of Management
MIS 395 – Management Information Systems
BLAW 431 – Legal Environment of Business
MGMT 681 – Strategic Management
International Business Major Requirements
IB 561 – International Economics & Business
IB 600 – International Management
IB 601 – International Marketing
Directed Electives
Select 12 credit hours from the following:
IB 400 – Principles of Global Supply Chain Management & Logistics
IB 450 – Negotiating Across Cultures
IB 481 – Cooperative Education
IB 491 – Independent Study/Project
IB 625 – International Financial Management
IB 690 – Special Topics in International Business
POLS 220 – Introduction to International Relations
POLS 226 – Comparative Politics
POLS 336 – International Organizations
POLS 395 –U.S. Foreign Policy
POLS 570 –International Political Economy
Or ECON 570 – International Political Economy
MKT 403 –Marketing Research
Or, MKT 405 –Consumer Behavior
History: History courses approved by an academic advisor.
Language courses: 200-level and above
International experience: Students may count up to 9 credit hours of international experience toward their directed electives
Specific Requirements for International Business Majors
  • All majors must have at least 12 unduplicated credit hours.
  • HRM major consists of 21 credit hours. Some courses have prerequisites.
  • International academic study experience: Students may count up to 9 credit hours of international study in approved courses toward their directed electives.

NOTE: International students who are already studying abroad at WSU or who have transferred to WSU from another country may be deemed to have met the international experience requirement. International students who choose their home region need to work with an advisor to plan their courses to fulfill the language and cultural/area studies requirements. It is recommended that non-English speakers choose English language courses and courses on U.S. culture, history and/or political systems to fulfill these requirements. International students who choose a regional emphasis outside their home region are required to fulfill the same language and cultural/area studies requirements as domestic.

International Business Degree Completion Plan PDF

International Business Major Additional Requirements

Students majoring in international business must make three choices early in their program:

  1. Language

    Depending on regional emphasis, there may be two or more language options. A minimum of 10 hours of an appropriate foreign language is required. Students who already have language skills beyond the elementary level should consult with an advisor.

  2. Minor

    International business majors must choose a functional area of business as a minor: accounting, economics, entrepreneurship, finance, human resource management, management, management information systems, marketing, operations management, or personal selling.

  3. International Experience

    International business majors are required to participate in an academic international experience. The preferred option is to study abroad at least one semester at a university in the student's regional emphasis. An alternative is a short-term academic internationalstudy tour to the student's regional emphasis.