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International business studies the markets, people, and places involved in trade, commerce, and exchanges throughout the world. Students in this field are challenged to think globally and to develop an awareness of the cultural, political, and economic aspects of business.
- Recently Ranked: US News National Ranking - 18th.
- Four professional full-time advisors are available to assist in students' academic course planning.
- WSU offers one of the few business programs in the U.S. in which all the business and accounting programs are fully accredited by AACSB International.
- All business and economics courses are taught in a state-of-the-art building containing classrooms with Internet connections and the latest audiovisual technology.
- Five of the department's faculty members are Fulbright scholars who have conducted in-depth research in other nations.
- Professors in the program have lived, taught, and worked in many countries.
- Learn from experienced, award-winning faculty who come from all departments in the college.
Certifying into the major
Students on all campuses must meet the following requirements to qualify for certification into a business major:
- Complete the following certification courses with a GPA of 2.50 or better (EconS 101 and 102, Engl 101, Acctg 230 and 231, B Law 210, MgtOp 215, Math 201 and 202, MIS 250)
- Have a cumulative WSU GPA of at least 2.5
- Have earned at least 60 credits
On the Pullman campus, certifying as a business major is competitive and course enrollments are limited. Pullman campus students are required to apply online to be considered for certification. If the applicant meets the minimum requirements above, he or she is then ranked by academic performance. The top students are then certified based on the number of spots available that semester.
On all campuses, transfer course grades will be used to calculate the certification GPA, but they are not included in the WSU cumulative GPA.
Note: Certification is required for enrollment in all 300- and 400-level business courses.
An example of the courses international business majors generally take:
I Bus 380 - International Business
I Bus 415 - Law of International Trade
I Bus 453 - International Management
I Bus 470 - International Trade & Finance
I Bus 481 - International Finance
I Bus 482 - International Marketing
International business majors are required to take one year of a foreign language at the college level. In addition, international business majors are also required to take at least nine credits while studying abroad.
Note: See the WSU Catalog for degree requirements and talk with your academic advisor about planning and scheduling your courses. All students must meet requirements as outlined in the catalog in order to graduate.
WSU’s International Business Institute, established in 1997, coordinates a host of global business activities throughout the College of Business at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The Institute develops student and faculty exchange programs with universities in other nations, including France, Thailand, and China. WSU students serve as host mentors to international businesspersons and educators who are brought in by the Institute to learn about American business practices. The Institute also created the first American MBA program in Vietnam by launching a cooperative offering with National Economics University in Hanoi.
For students in international studies
International business majors are eligible to many scholarships available through the College of Business. For details on the many scholarships available to international business students through the College of Business, see the College of Business scholarships page.
For all students
A variety of state, federal, and university-sponsored programs are available to help students with educational costs. Washington State University awards millions of dollars in financial aid and scholarships to students every year based on financial need, academic merit, or a combination of the two.
Students should complete the Washington State University general scholarship application and the FAFSA to ensure their eligibility for the widest range of scholarships and needed-based financial aid.
For information or to apply for financial aid and scholarships from WSU, see the Scholarships and Finances section of the WSU website.
The International Business Club meets weekly under the guidance of the department’s faculty. The club organizes field trips, participates in WSU’s International Week, conducts workshops to build resumes, and hosts speakers to learn more about education abroad, foreign languages, and career services.
WSU graduates in international business will be prepared for success in overseas assignments, staff positions that advise top management on international operations, positions with global responsibilities, consultant work with companies, and a world of additional opportunities.