Academics & Majors

International Business

Carson College of Business

International Business Institute
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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.

Strengths of the program
  • 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.
Certification and Signature Courses

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. Applicants who meet the minimum requirements above are 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.

Signature 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.

Graduation requirements

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.

Transfer information

Plan ahead

To certify your major in the Carson College of Business, you will need to complete specific prerequisite courses. Use our list of transfer equivalencies to make sure you take the right transfer courses at your current college.

Also check out our transfer student guide for more information on transferring to WSU. 

The International Business Institute

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.

Scholarships and financial aid

A variety of state, federal, and university-sponsored programs are available to help students with educational costs.

For all students at WSU

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.

To get all the financial help WSU can provide, start by doing these two things:

  • Complete the University's general scholarship application so you can be eligible for scholarship consideration.
  • Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) so WSU can consider you for aid (scholarships, grants, loans, etc.) based on financial need.

Click here for more info about WSU scholarships and financial aid

For students in international business

In addition to general university scholarships and other financial aid, international business majors are eligible for scholarships awarded by the WSU 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.

Campus organizations and activities

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.

Careers in international business

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.