International Business

Program Features

In today's connected world, business and commerce have emerged as the world's universal language. As a student in Xavier’s international business major, you’ll gain the practical knowledge and cross-cultural skills needed to pursue global career opportunities in business, commerce, trade, government and non-government organizations (NGOs).

In this major, you’ll take a sequence of core courses (International Marketing, International Management, and International Finance) and choose one focus area (Marketing, Management, Economics & Finance, or Sustainability). You’ll also complete a minor in a second language and engage in a semester-long study abroad program. Students in the program may choose to double major in any functional area of business in lieu of completing the focus area.

Xavier University, located in Cincinnati, Ohio, is nationally recognized as a top university by U.S. News & World Report, The Princeton Review and Forbes. 98 percent of our students, including those in the international business major, are working, volunteering or in graduate school within six months of graduation (Class of 2021).

Curriculum

The sample course sequence below illustrates class offerings for the International Business major. Consult the official Xavier University course catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Fall

  • CORE 100 First-Year Seminar............ 3cr.
  • MATH 140 or 170: Calculus............ 3cr.
  • ENGL 101: English Composition............ 3cr.
  • Second Language Elective............ 3cr.
  • ECON 200: Microeconomics (Social Science)............ 3cr.
  • CORE 101: GOA First Year Experience............ 0cr.
  • BUAD 101: The Business Profession I............ 0cr.

Spring

  • THEO 111: Theological Foundations............ 3cr.
  • Historical Perspectives............ 3cr.
  • Second Language Elective II............ 3cr.
  • ECON 201: Macroeconomics............ 3cr.
  • MKTG 300: Principles of Marketing............ 3cr.
  • BUAD 102: The Business Profession I............ 0cr.
  • CORE 102: GOA First Year Experience 102............ 0cr.

Fall

  • PHIL 100: Ethics as an Introduction to Philosophy............ 3cr.
  • BAIS 210: Quantitative Methods............ 3cr.
  • ACCT 200: Introductory Financial Accounting............ 3cr.
  • ECON 300: International Trade & Business Environment............ 3cr.
  • Language Minor Elective (Humanities Elective)............ 3cr.
  • BUAD 201: The Business Profession II............ 0cr.

Spring

  • Language Minor Elective............ 3cr.
  • Theological Perspectives............ 3cr.
  • ACCT 201: Introductory Managerial Accounting............ 3cr.
  • BAIS 211: Introduction to Business Analytics............ 3cr.
  • MGMT 200: Organizational Management............ 3cr.
  • BUAD 202: The Business Profession II............ 0cr.

Fall

  • PHIL 200: Philosophical Perspectives............ 3cr.
  • Science Perspectives and Lab............ 3cr.
  • Language Minor Elective (Spanish ONLY)............ 3cr.
  • MGMT 201: Business & Professional Communication (OC/WRIT flags)............ 3cr.
  • FINC 300: Business Finance (QR flag)............ 3cr.
  • MKTG 320: International Marketing............ 3cr.
  • BUAD 301: The Business Profession III............ 0cr.

Spring

  • ENGL 205: Literature & Moral Imagination............ 3cr.
  • Creative Perspectives............ 3cr.
  • Language Minor Elective............ 3cr.
  • BAIS 220: Management of Business Technology............ 3cr.
  • MGMT 325: International Management............ 3cr.
  • BUAD 302: The Business Profession III............ 0cr.

Fall

  • Natural Science Elective and Lab............ 3cr.
  • BLAW 300: Legal Environment (ERS/DCR flags)............ 3cr.
  • Language Minor Elective (Spanish Minor ONLY)............ 3cr.
  • FINC 476: International Finance............ 3cr.
  • IB Track Course #1............ 3cr.
  • BUAD 401: The Business Profession IV............ 0cr.

Spring

  • MGMT 302: Quality & Productivity in Operations............ 3cr.
  • Business Core Capstone............ 3cr.
  • IB Track Course #2............ 3cr.
  • IB Track Course #3............ 3cr.
  • Business Elective or Internship for Credit............ 3cr.
  • BUAD 402: The Business Profession IV............ 0cr.
  • CORE 499: Reflection on the Core Curriculum............ 0cr.

Sample Courses

Here are some sample courses that are part of the international business major at Xavier:

International Marketing (MKTG 320) - Conditions peculiar to international marketing of goods and services and their effects on marketing strategy.

International Management (MGMT 325) - The purpose of this course is to create a framework for understanding competitive positioning of organizations, human resource and cultural issues related to international management. Lectures and country projects, discussion group projects, and guest speaker visits.

International Finance (FINC 476) - International monetary system, international money and capital markets, and financing of international business.

International Human Resources (SHRM 325) - Compare and contrast labor markets in Asia, Europe and the US. Compare and contrast human resource decisions and practices in different countries (Canada, Great Britain, Germany, France, Sweden, Japan, China and Mexico), Analyze human resource issues and practices that today's multinational firms are facing.

Student Clubs

International Business Association 

The International Business Association meets regularly on campus, hosts guest speakers to campus and local restaurants, visits local companies, and has gone on trips to Washington, D.C. or New York to visit international companies and organizations.

Citizens of the World

Students in this club meet and organize events that showcase the many different cultures represented at Xavier. It's also a great way for international students and American students to get to know each other and experience new cultures, languages and customs.

Business Leaders for Tomorrow

Members of this student organization explore business processes firsthand by networking with and learning from various business leaders in Cincinnati and beyond. Events from past years have included trips to Silicon Valley and Chigaco, job shadowing days and guest lecturers.

Women In Business (XWIB)

Preparing and empowering women to be tomorrow’s leaders through professional training, personal development workshops, mentoring and service.

Career Outcomes

98% of Xavier students, inclusing those in the international business major, are employed, attending grad school, or working in service or volunteer positions within six months of graduation (Class of 2021).

Career Opportunities: Bank Officer, Business Analyst, Business Consultant, Foreign Exchange Trader, Foreign Service Officer, Human Resources Manager, Import/Export Corrdinator, Logistics Manager, Policy Analyst, Public Relations Manager, Supply Chain Manager, Procurement Manager 

Top Companies for Williams College of Business Graduates: Macy's, Inc., Fifth Third Bank, Total Quality Logistics, Ernst & Young, U.S. Bank, Medpace, Deloitte & Touche, LLP

All For One

Xavier is ranked #1 for its excellent academic reputation among top competitors in the region. Students get the most out of their education, from rigorous classroom studies to experiential learning in the real world.

Study Abroad Opportunities for International Business Majors

Group of international business majors holding a Xavier flag at Machu Picchu

Students in the international business major can study abroad in places like China, Cuba, England or the Netherlands, where they explore the world, build career skills in a foreign country and investigate new cultures. Students gain self-confidence and open themselves up to new ideas.


Study Abroad Opportunities for International Business Majors

Cincinnati: A City of Opportunity for International Business Majors

A photo of downtown Cincinnati, Ohio at night. Lights from the buildings reflect on the Ohio river. Many students in the international business major gain real world experience at internships across the city.

Cincinnati, Ohio features some of the largest companies in the world, which means students in the international business major have countless opportunities for careers, internships and mentorships at places like Kroger, Procter & Gamble, Fifth Third Bancorp, American Financial and Western & Southern Financial group. The city is ranked the #1 Best City for College Graduates (smartasset.com) and the #15 Best Place to Start a Career (WalletHub).


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What is Jesuit Education?

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A Xavier education is more than your typical college experience. Drawing on a Jesuit Catholic educational model which emphasizes ethics, responsibility and service, students in the international business major get the support they need to succeed and make a difference in the world. The result is an education that’s as encouraging as it is challenging, and as enriching as it is demanding.


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International Business Major at Xavier University

The International Business major at Xavier University is an interdisciplinary program that provides students with skills and knowledge like: good business and technical skills, as well as cross-cultural and second language abilities. This program ensures students are ready to pursue a long-term career in International Business.

Xavier University's Williams College of Business is accredited by the AACSB. AACSB-accredited schools offer students a relevant and challenging curriculum, the highest quality faculty and career opportunities that are not found at other business schools.

Xavier University is a private university located in Cincinnati, Ohio, providing a liberal arts education in the Jesuit Catholic tradition. Founded in 1831, the University is the sixth-oldest Catholic university in the nation. It has been ranked among the top 10 master's-level universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for the past two decades. The Princeton Review names it one of the "Best 385 Colleges in America."