Prepare for a career with global impact.
Explore your options with the International Business Major Guide — classes, internships, research and study abroad. Find what interests you, discover what you love, and create a major experience that jumpstarts your future.
With a degree in International Business, you’ll be ready to collaborate across cultures, customs, time zones, and languages to achieve your goals.
You’ll get a well-rounded business education with courses like accounting, finance, marketing, business law and macroeconomics — and you’ll learn the nuances of management, marketing and trade in an international context. Specialize in the politics and government of Latin America, Asia or Europe, and develop language fluency so you can communicate across cultures. Develop a deep understanding of corporate social responsibility, and learn how business can make a difference.
Study or intern abroad at one of St. Edward’s 24 partner universities or at one of nearly 1,000 other programs in more than 90 countries. You’ll graduate prepared to work for a global company, international government, nongovernmental organization — or any career that requires a global mindset, business acumen and a spirit of adventure.
What do our graduates do?
International Business majors go on to a variety of careers and graduate schools from St. Edward’s. Here’s a sample.
- Economic development specialist for the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce
- Business development representative for Tableau Software
- Product specialist for HomeAway
- Market research associate for Accruent, an Austin-based software company
- Coordinator of strategic alliances for First Book, a nonprofit organization that supports access to quality education for all children
- Law students at Loyola New Orleans College of Law and Texas A&M University School of Law
Broaden Your Worldview
Follow Stephen Reyes ’21, a Digital Media Management and Internal Business major, as he studies abroad at the university’s flagship international partner university in Angers.
The Classroom and Beyond
As an International Business major, you’ll have the chance to study or intern abroad, applying your language skills and learning how business works in an international context. Closer to home, you’ll take classes that engage you with active learning, and you’ll have the opportunity to intern at an international organization based in Austin.
In Social Responsibility of Business, you’ll participate in a service activity in the community and write a paper about the experience. You’ll also work in a team to create a new product or service for a company that will meet a social need for an underserved community.
In Organizational Behavior and Leading Teams, students work in teams to analyze an organization, seeing organizational behavior come alive. Students recently worked with Keweenaw Mountain Lodge, a wilderness resort in Michigan, and with Austin businesses and nonprofits.
Sharpen your language skills, immerse yourself in a new culture and learn how business works by studying or interning abroad. Choose from among St. Edward’s 24 partner universities or nearly 1,000 other programs in more than 90 countries.
Delta Sigma Pi is the coed business fraternity that is both a professional and social club. In recent semesters members have attended a panel presentation about digital marketing and a talk about real estate investment careers; traveled to a leadership conference in Kansas City; networked at a happy hour with alumni; and made sandwiches for people living on the street.
Develop your startup ideas with the help of a professional mentor and practice pitching them at 3-Day Startup, the iChallenge Pitch Competition and the Business Plan Pitch Competition.
Major Requirements: The BBA in International Business requires 63-64 hours of major coursework.
General Education Requirements: All majors require 44 hours of general education that students complete over the course of four years, in addition to their major courses.
A few examples of the International Business courses students take:
- International Management – Examine the scope of managing organizations in an integrated and interdependent global economy, including markets, production, services, sourcing and intellectual capital.
- International Trade and Finance – Study the theories of trade, the international monetary system and the financing of international trade and economic development – with issues unique to multinational business.
- International Marketing – Explore the impact of foreign competition in domestic markets, as well as the challenges of penetrating foreign markets. Readings, cases and individual and group assignments are used.
As an International Business major, you’ll have the opportunity to intern abroad or with a transnational organization based in the United States. In addition, International Business majors recently have completed internships at these organizations:
- Office of Congressman Lloyd Doggett
- SailPoint Technologies
- Walt Disney World Resort
- Aesthetic Medical Educators Training
- Yardbird Outside, an Austin-area company that makes outdoor-living products for kids and families
- Marketing communications for Visit Austin, the city’s convention and visitors’ bureau
- Seasoned.co, a company that matches job seekers and employers in the service industry
The Bill Munday School of Business has partnerships with Austin organizations that will immerse you in the city’s exciting startup culture:
- Capital Factory, an incubator, coworking space and event center for all things entrepreneurial
- Austin Startup Crawl, a showcase of technology and entrepreneurship at multiple downtown locations during the South by Southwest Conference and Festivals
- Impact Hub Austin, which offers programs blending business and social good
Our International Business faculty members help students understand global business operations. With a focus on culture and corporate social responsibility, faculty teach key concepts in the context of real-world scenarios. Through assignments, case studies and even study abroad opportunities, students engage in hands-on learning and global projects.
"Knowledge and training in international business are increasingly important for students who want to work abroad or work for U.S. organizations with a global presence. Our International Business major gives students the cultural fluency, adaptability and flexibility they need to navigate global business demands and provides opportunities for study abroad, internship abroad and foreign language proficiency."
– Lorelei Ortiz, Associate Dean
International Business Minor
Students with the International Business minor better understand facets of the global economy and apply a global perspective to their field of interest.
- IBUS 3338 – International Management
- IBUS 3336 – International Trade and Finance or IBUS 4346 – International Finance
- IBUS 3399 – Special Topics (can be repeated)
- IBUS 4341 – International Marketing
- IBUS 4380 – International Business Administration
Up to 9 hours of the minor can be completed at international institutions.
Total Hours: 18
Are you a current student? Contact your advisor for next steps on declaring your major or minor.