International Business

Program Features

The International Business major provides students the opportunity to gain the practical knowledge and cross-cultural skills needed to practice commerce and trade. In order to be prepared for a career in International Business, students have to take a sequence of core courses (International Marketing, International Management, and International Finance), choose one focus area: Marketing, Management, Economics & Finance, or Sustainability, complete a minor in a Foreign Language, and engage in a one-semester long study aboard program. Students can also choose to double major in any functional area of business in lieu of completing the focus area. With these competencies, students will be ready to pursue careers in business, trade, government, and non-government organizations.

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.
  • Foreign 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.
  • Foreign 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

Xavier is known for providing an education that's both challenging and personal. Here are some 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.

Clubs

International Business Club

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.

All Xavier Clubs

Outcomes

98% of students from Xavier's business programs, including International Business, are employed, attending grad school, or working in service or volunteer positions within six months of graduation.

Top Jobs: Accountant, Human Resources Coordinator, Account Executive, Campaign Manager, Financial Analyst, Operations Manager

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

Explore Xavier Alumni Outcomes

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.

Professional Opportunities

Xavier is located in the middle of Cincinnati’s vibrant business community, which includes eight Fortune 500 companies. Here, practical internship experience can lead to employment.


Find Internships

Study Abroad

Students can study abroad in places like London or the Netherlands, where they can 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 — and, it all looks great on a resumé.


Trip Details

Professional Experience

Our students have the opportunity to connect with a mentor through our Career Services office. Get matched to find guidance, support and career connections.


Mentor Program

AACSB Accredited Logo

International Business Major at Xavier University

The International Business program 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 foreign 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."