The Department of Management and Entrepreneurship offers the degree of Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) in International Business. Also offered is a minor in international business.
Because companies often provide foreign assignments to employees who are trained in their domestic operations, students are encouraged to consider either taking a second major such as marketing, finance, international business, accounting or a foreign language, or completing a few targeted courses in one of these disciplines.
International business majors are required to complete summer-long or semester-long study abroad or work abroad in a country other than one’s native country. Students can learn more by working with Xavier’s Center for International Business to take advantage of the University’s study abroad programs and other opportunities. Learn more at www.xavier.edu/study-abroad.
Note that two additional courses of foreign language, generally at the 300-level or above, may be substituted for the international experience.
In addition to traditional studies, international business majors:
- Take advantage of internships. Every year the faculty selects students to interview for paid internships that give students hands-on work in international business with a local company. Most internships are reserved exclusively for students applying through this program. The program provides six to eight internships each year for juniors and seniors in international business. Most international business majors work at either the Global Center for Greater Cincinnati or the Cincinnati office of the U.S. Department of Commerce. These are unpaid positions, but offer excellent experience and valuable contacts.
- Join the International Business Association which sponsors regular activities, including inviting guest speakers to campus, visiting local companies, and sponsoring an annual trip to Washington, D.C., or New York to visit international companies and organizations.
- Volunteer for the Interlink Mentor Program, an orientation program to welcome new international students and help them acclimate to life at Xavier and to the United States. Mentors help with new international student orientation and are active participants in the programs and activities of Xavier’s Romero International Center.
- Get matched with an Executive Mentor, who works with the student for his or her four years at Xavier to provide professional guidance, networking support and career connections. Xavier is one of the first schools in the nation to offer this type of mentor program.