International Business Bachelor Degree

With the rapid globalization of business, companies must expand operations internationally to remain competitive. The Bachelor of Science in International Business degree program provides the essential skills, practices and specialization for students seeking a future as international business executives.

In addition to high-quality academics, Schiller International University offers its students the freedom to transfer to any of its campuses worldwide. This unique opportunity allows international business students to interact with peers from around the world and experience first-hand the global nature of business today.

Additionally, earning your International Business degree online will allow you the flexibility to take classes around your schedule!

Many international business positions are available within the United States, but opportunities for working and traveling abroad are in abundance. In addition to basic business principles, students will become familiar with the linguistic, social, economic and political conditions and business practices of several countries. Principles in business administration as well as the application of economics and the psychology of marketing are covered.

Offered at the following campuses:
Tampa Bay, Paris, Heidelberg, Madrid, and Online.


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As more and more companies throughout the world have become multinational, they increasingly need executives who can deal effectively with organizational problems in an international framework. The International Business program offered at SIU is designed to meet these needs. As students complete this degree, they may elect to transfer from one SIU campus to another to benefit from interactions with various cultures including the social, economic and political conditions associated with business practices in different countries.

Graduates of the International Business program will be able to:

  1. Apply basic business practices to resolve international business problems.
  2. Assess market globalization factors and typical business strategies for competing in foreign markets.
  3. Integrate culturally sensitive concepts within a global scale.
  4. Analyze emerging issues facing countries or businesses in international markets.

Required General Education Courses Credits: 36

Art History

The course is a survey of European painting, sculpture and architecture of the Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, and of the Romantic Realist and Impressionist periods. The course reviews distinct chronological and cultural periods. Students come to appreciate that art is not necessarily about the artist’s technical finesse, but it is about communicating an idea using visual language.

European History to 1815

The course provides a survey of European history from medieval era to 1815. This course familiarizes students with the mainline political, socio-economic and cultural development in this time period. Religious and military history is covered as well. It also shows students how Europe evolved from the fall of the Roman Empire through the Early Modern era. This course should provide students with general background material, serving as a compliment to their area of concentration or ad an introduction to further work in history or related fields.

College Mathematics

This course reviews basic math fundamentals and introduces the student to concepts what he or she will need in other University courses. This course reviews, reinforces and develops algebraic skills in problem solving as well as functions, analytical geometry, sequences and series and linear programming. As a review of real numbers, the student is presented with methodology to solve linear equations and functional linear applications. The course then moves on to maximization and minimization techniques and probability and statistics. .A variety of practical problems are also introduced.

Applied Mathematics

This course focuses on the reasoning and technical skills necessary for students to become proficient in applying the mathematical concepts and tools of calculus. This course emphasizes the applications of algebra to a variety of fields, including probability, statistics, and finance. It also covers mathematical modeling and set theory.

Introduction to international Relations

This course introduces students to the academic study of all aspects pertaining to the global states-system, the activities of non-state actors, and international organizations across national boundaries. As a branch of political science, International Relations concerns itself primarily with the affairs of the state, including its political systems and political actors. However, politics cuts across all the social sciences. International Relations involves not only philosophical and institutional matters, but also problems of economic, strategic, social, cultural and legal nature. Thus, the dominant feature of the course is presented as an interdisciplinary focus on the constellation of states and the myriad forms of global interdependence and interactions that exist. At center stage is the theoretical assumption of the sovereign equality of independent states. In addition, the study of International Relations as an academic discipline demands the ability to research and analyze sets of complex information from various sources. Hence, the course also aims to furnish entry level students with the terminology, concepts, tools, and confidence required to analyze the underlying course propositions in a more rigorous and systematic fashion. Through the study of concise historical themes, students are introduced to the key debates that function as evidence to bolster the rich academic literature on the subject. The course provides an overall view for understanding the basic origins of the present world system, the linkage between domestic and international politics, patterns of inter-state behavior, influences on foreign policies, and issues of the national interest.

Science and Society

This course looks at society as a whole through the lens of science and ethics. The course introduces the students to social concerns and advancements in technology in the following areas: nanotechnology, biotechnology, energy requirements, production, conservation, population growth, disease prevention, world food shortage, information technology and changing lifestyles and genetic engineering.

General Psychology

The course is an introduction to the scientific study of motivation, perception, meaning, learning, emotions, feelings and the psychological basis of behaviors. This course is meant to help students learn to think like a psychologist and to understand why scientific and critical thinking is so important to everything they do: from the decisions they make in their own lives to being wary of Internet scams, hoaxes and viral panics. The courses examines theories of personality and development, examining Freudian and post Freudian theories of personality, the way in which the brain, neurons and hormones affect psychological functioning, the basic principles of learning and the impact of social and culture on behavior, The course also shows how the mind, body and environment influence emotions, stress and health.

FR101, GE01, SP101
Beginning Foreign Language 1

This is a beginning course for students who wish to learn French. They will be introduced to basic grammar, vocabulary, phonetics and writing. Students will be able to participate simply, but consistently, in topics on everyday personal topics in the present time frame and to handle themselves in basic travel and social situations. By the end of the course the student will be able to manage everyday situations, maintain a simple conversation and read simple texts.

FR102, GE102, SP102
Beginning Foreign Language 2

This is the second of the beginning courses for students who wish to learn French. Using the same French method as FR 101, the course continues to develop the student’s ability to understand, speak and write in French. Students will be able to participate simply, but consistently, in conversations on everyday personal topics and to handle themselves in basic travel and social situations, among others. By the end of the course, students will be able to read non-complex texts and write short compositions.

English Composition: Expository Writing

The course is an overview of grammatical and syntactical elements, paragraphs and theme development. Expository writing is aimed to enhance students’ capacity to formulate, organize, and express thoughts logically, clearly and effectively. Students write short essays and read selected prose models.

English: Research and Writing

This course is an overview of grammatical and syntactical elements, paragraphs and thesis development used in academic writing. This course will emphasize academic writing and research. It is aimed to enhance students’ capacity to formulate, organize, and express thoughts logically, clearly and effectively using credible information sources. Students will prepare a significant research paper using a specific series of steps.

Introduction to Political Science

This course introduces students to the universal scope and methods of politics as either (a) an academic discipline, or (b) as an occupation. In practical terms, politics involves the skill, insight and astuteness of a leader or a state official engaged in politics as a career. As an academic field of study, it can be regarded partly as a social science and partly as an art. Although an individual can certainly combine both skills, it is common to our observation, that capability in one of the above does not necessarily imply success in the other. Many able politicians are unable to explain precisely why or how they do what they do. On the other hand, a great number of professional academics, skilled in the research and analysis of the operational mechanisms of the political system, would be a failure if they held political office. Since ancient times, the study and practice of politics has been concerned with power and effective forms of governance. But what seems to work in theory does not always work in practice. This course examines some of the core normative beliefs linked to democratic politics and the legitimate scope of authority upon which consensual power and allegiances rest. It challenges students to reflect on political inputs and outputs, the nature and functioning of institutions and rules, the aims of the same, and their ultimate capacity to promote human welfare and social stability. Students will approach these questions through the comparative study of a range of countries while applying the empirical principles, key concepts and the necessary theoretical frameworks associated with the science of politics.

Required Core Courses Credits:60

IT 103
Applications of Computers

This course acquaints students with the four major applications of computers in business: word processing, databases, spreadsheets and presentation software using Microsoft Office. The course concentrates ion the fundamentals as it is a “hands on” course. A basic view of the operational software, Windows and an introduction to Internet Explorer is also part of this course. The course finished with an introduction to web page creation.

ACG 2001
Accounting I

Accounting is called the language of business because all organizations set up an accounting information system to communicate data to help people make better decisions. This course deals with basic accounting such as analyzing, recording and processing transactions. Ethics is also included.

BA 261
Principles of Business Law

The law consists of rules that regulate the conduct of individual, businesses and other organizations in society. This course is designed to give general coverage of the fundamental principles of business law. The course is designed to acquaint the student with areas of law in business such as personal business ventures. This course also addresses business ethics, e-commerce, regulatory and international issues.

BA 341
Business Finance

This course is designed to build on your basic knowledge of accounting and economics to develop a conceptual and analytical understanding of financial management. The course focuses on financial management within small and medium sized organizations with an emphasis on current problems of finance. The recession and liquidity crisis that engulfed the U.S. and world economies in the latter part of the 2000-2009 decade are addressed. Special attention is given to the banking sector and the critical need to find funding that almost all businesses face. Ethics is also addressed.

BA 369
Introduction to Sustainable Development

This course studies the environmental, economic, and social dimensions of sustainable development. Empirical studies are combined with case studies to illustrate the multifaceted variables of sustainability that interface on a global scale. The course includes an examination of the patterns of consumption, production, and distribution of resources. Ethics and social responsibility are addressed.

BA 370
Business Communication

This course introduces the student to the fundamental principles of business communication and prepares students for the communication challenges in the workplace. The course aims to improve the student’s ability to write well-organized, effective business messages, including letters, resumes, memorandums, and reports. Strategies and techniques will be analyzed for communicating in a range of typical business situations. This course includes writing and presentation practice.

BA 374

This course provides an introduction to basic statistics. Students are expected to achieve a basic understanding of the methods of descriptive statistic summarizing data in various ways), the principles of statistical inference (constructing confidence intervals and performing hypothesis tests), and the underlying probability theory on which all inference rests. By the end of the course, students should be able to solve elementary problems using these techniques.

BA 401
Human Resources Management

All aspects of human resource management including how companies interact with the environment, acquire, prepare, develop, and compensate employees, and design and evaluate work, can help companies meet their competitive challenge and create value. Meeting challenges is necessary to create value and to gain a competitive advantage. This course familiarizes students with the activities of a human resources (HR) manager and the specific problems of managing a workforce in today’s competitive environment. The course addresses the global, new economy, stakeholder, and work system challenges that influence a company’s ability to successfully meet the needs of the shareholders, customer, employees, and other stakeholders.

BA 427
Marketing Management

This course embraces holistic marketing. Holistic marketing is the development, design and implementation of marketing programs, processes and activities that recognize the breadth and interdependencies of today’s marketing environment. This course looks at strategic marketing management concepts and their application. Includes the critical role of marketing in organizational performance, market-oriented strategic planning, the application of online marketing, and the development of marketing programs to meet the needs of today’s organization.

BA 437
Multinational Enterprise

This course is designed to keep students knowledgeable about cultural, legal, political, and social differences among countries so they can be informed employees in the global workplace. The course uses case studies to explore how firms address cultural, legal and technological differences among countries. International trade and investment conflicts, natural and man-made disasters, as well international trade statistics, exchange rates, expatriate costs of living and political unrest is also explored.

BA 439
International Business Policy

This course takes an In-depth look at the multinational corporation as it operates and competes in the international business environment. The emphasis on organizational and administrative policies of the multinational company and their development and importance of structuring these aspects of the corporation to suit the international environment in which it operates. Examines the development of the functional skills of planning, financing, marketing and personnel management unique to the international company. The analysis of major international organizations provides current information on how these companies operate and relate theory to actual practices.


A capstone course is required of all bachelor degree candidates. The Capstone is a multi-disciplinary course designed by the student, approved by an Academic Counselor, and completed The course examines the strategic process and implementation of successful strategies in the highly competitive and dynamic global environment. Analyzes the impact of technology, government policy, and world economic and political forces on strategy formulation and execution. This course is the capstone course for the programs. Analytic, integrative, and decision-making skills will be exercised through the use of case analysis and decision making that will involve the core business functions, leadership challenges, and global operations.

GEB 1350
Introduction to International Business

This course is developed to help students become better employees, more informed consumers, and/or more successful business owners in an international environment. The course is designed to help students understand the various aspects of the global business environment including organizational administration, employment opportunities available in a career in business as well as what is required to be a successful employee including the knowledge, skills and abilities to work in a culturally diverse, global workforce. Interpersonal, analytical, technical and conceptual skills necessary to be successful managers are reviewed. Some discussion around small business owners and entrepreneurship is introduced in this course. A basic understanding of international business will help students invest in the future and become informed consumers by analyzing issues such as financial structures and financing, stocks, mutual funds and other alternatives to investing in the global business environment. Other topics addressed in this course include patterns of international trade and multinational business operations.

MAR 2011
Principles of Marketing

Top marketers share a common goal: putting the consumer at the heart of the market. Today’s marketing is about creating customer value and building profitable customer relationships This course introduces students to the concept and techniques of marketing in the business setting. Marketing starts with understanding consumer needs and wants, determining which target markets the organization can best serve, and developing a compelling value proposition by which the organization can attract and grow valued customers. The course provides practical examples and applications, showing the major decisions that marketing manager’s face day to day.

ECO 2013
Principles of Microeconomics

This course will explore individual economic choices and how markets coordinate the choices of various decision makers. Microeconomics explains how price and quantity are determined in individual markets. Economists use scientific analysis to develop theories or models that explain economic behavior. Throughout the course the concern will be in developing an economic relation that can be expressed in words, represented as a table of quantities, described by a mathematical equation or illustrated by a graph. The course will introduce various market systems, public policy and how the market affects international economics in terms of international trade, international finance and economic development.

ECO 2023
Principles of Macroeconomics

This course will explore the performance of the economy as a whole. Whereas microeconomics studies the individual pieces, macroeconomics puts all the pieces together to look at the big picture. Throughout the course the concern will be in developing an economic relation that can be expressed in words, represented as a table of quantities, described by a mathematical equation or illustrated by a graph. The course will examine the fundamental of macroeconomics, fiscal and monetary policy, and international economics.

International Trade & Finance

This course will cover such topics as the major theories which seek to explain the patterns of international trade, the reasons for and the attempts to overcome barriers to free trade, the mechanisms for international payments, and the various systems via which exchange rates are determined or influenced. There will also be some discussion of the major international institutions influencing trade, payments and exchange rates, as well as the role of international investment and the multinational corporation.

EN 490
Intercultural Communication

This course addressed the ways in which social structuring, social assumptions, and intercultural language usage bears on interactions between members of different cultures. This course is the culmination of foundational principles presented in the core General Education coursework expressed in terms of intercultural contexts. The emphasis is on interdisciplinary activities in the fields of communication, sociology, psychology, technology, and research. Students employ critical thinking and analytical skills to evaluate and integrate diverse ideas within various cultural backgrounds.

EN 373
Public Speaking

This course provides an introduction to public speaking. Often listed as the number one fear of employees, this course provides a systematic system for success in public speaking. The focus is on preparing, organizing and presenting an effective and professional speech.

Cross-Cultural Communication

This course will explore the different cultural norms at play when people interact. It is an introduction to the various factors which affect communication, particularly in an international context. The course will explore the relationship between the discipline of cultural anthropology, its central concept of culture and the conduct of global business. The course will present a number of different models for understanding cultural differences, including contrasting values and metaphors to help students appreciate how people from different cultures view the world from the perspective of their own cultural assumptions and how culture affects thinking and behavior. Emphasis is placed on building and maintains relationships through verbal and nonverbal communication. The course will also examine three functional processes critical to success in conducting global business: negotiating, partnering and managing.

Elective Courses:24

ACG 2011**
Accounting II

Accounting is called the language of business because all organizations set up an accounting information system to communicate data to help people make better decisions. This course deals with in-depth discussion of long-lived assets, bonds, stockholders’ equity, etc.; and introduces cost accounting concepts, analysis of financial statements, and income taxes. Ethics is also included.

European History- Napoleonic Period to Present

The course provides a survey of European history from Napoleonic Period to Present. This course familiarizes students with the mainline political, socio-economic and cultural development in this time period. Religious and military history is covered as well. It also shows students how Europe evolved from the fall of the Roman Empire through the Early Modern era. This course should provide students with general background material, serving as a compliment to their area of concentration or ad an introduction to further work in history or related fields.

BA 322 **
International Marketing

International marketing addresses global issues and describes concepts relevant to all international marketers, regardless of the extent of their international involvement. This course covers the entire range of international marketing, beginning with start-up operations, continuing with new market entry considerations, and concluding with the international issues confronting giant global marketers. Addresses the reality of the interchange between business and government by analyzing international marketing issues from both the business and policy perspective; integration of the societal dimensions of diversity, environmental concerns, ethics, and economic transformation.

BA 384 **
Behavioral Aspects

This course embraces organizational behavior. Organizational behavior is the multidisciplinary field that seeks knowledge of behavior in organizational settings by systematically studying individual, group and organizational processes. This course focuses on group behavior and the leadership that is necessary to transform human resources into effective organizational entities. It is a subset of overall business administration and management, which emphasizes the theory and practice that relate to individuals interacting in the work environment. Case studies, films and guest speakers may be included.

BA 469 **
Entrepreneurship & New Venture

This course is designed to follow the entrepreneurial process. The entrepreneurial process has four distinct phases including identification and evaluation of the opportunity, development of the business plan, and determination of the required resources and management of the resulting enterprise. This course takes a disciplined and practical look at the entrepreneur and small business enterprise. Characteristics of the entrepreneur; rewards and pitfalls of new businesses; basic planning techniques for new successful business venture and ending that venture are among the areas explored in this course.

IR 331
Modern Diplomacy

This course will seek to identify and define major trends and developments in diplomacy in the modern era. US President Ronald Reagan averred that, although “politics is the second oldest profession [;] I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first”. In other words, espionage (politics, diplomacy) is second as a profession only to prostitution in the popular imagination to which President Reagan refers. Whether modern diplomacy starts with the Peace of Westphalia in 1648 and the subsequent international treatises recognizing the sovereignty of states, or whether it starts with the Congress of Vienna in 1815 following the Napoleonic Wars, or with the 14 points of US President Woodrow Wilson following the First World War and the Covenant of the League of Nations will be questions this course interrogates. Modern diplomacy is often defined in terms of “Open covenants of peace, openly arrived at, after which there shall be no private international understandings of any kind but diplomacy shall proceed always frankly and in the public view” (point 1 of Wilson’s 14). This does not mean that the general public should be privy to international negotiations between states and, often, behind closed doors; rather, it means that the voting public, the “sovereign” in democratic states, must be consulted. In other words, modern diplomacy aims to be inclusive, non-discriminatory, transparent, and just. If its heritage lies in espionage, its future lies in full public disclosure. Every state — no matter how small or poor, large or rich — ought to be equal before the international conventions that govern their interaction. This course will explore and scrutinize the emergence of the international conventions that progressively codify diplomatic relations between states in the modern period and give way to modern — inclusive and popular — diplomacy.

IR 481
Selected Topics in International Relations

This course is designed to allow a thorough evaluation and analysis on a specific institution e.g. European Union, NAFTA, Mercosur; a region of the world e.g. Middle East, Africa, South East, South America; or on a topic such as global terrorism, global inequality and poverty, global crime, globalization of disease, or weapons proliferation.

PSY 376 **
Industrial Psychology

This course is an introduction to the main concepts in psychology applicable to “industry” and “employment.” Industrial/organizational psychology is the science of people at work and it is the application of psychological principles of organizational and work settings. In 2010, the U.S. Department of Labor listed industrial/organizational psychology as one of the most rapidly growing occupations. Many topics are covered in this class, ranging from methods of hiring employees to theories of how organizations work. The course is concerned with helping organizations get the most from their employees as well as helping organizations take care of employee health, safety and well-being.

EC 457
Economies of Developing Countries

This course aims to provide the student a first understanding of the economic development and actual problems of Third World countries. These findings will be linked with theories that try to explain the economic mal-development and with discussions of practical attempts to escape from its vicious circles. Specific problem areas are analyzed more in depth, among them: questions of population growth, capital demand, foreign trade imbalance, foreign investment, and the agrarian sector.

FR201, GE201, SP201
Intermediate Foreign Language 1 or any 200- 400 level Elective

This course aims at giving students an intermediate level in spoken and written French. They are taught complex grammar and vocabulary, reinforced with the use of audio and video to improve their listening comprehension.

FR202, GE202, SP202
Intermediate Foreign Language 2 or any 200 – 400 level Elective

This course aims at giving students an upper intermediate level in spoken and written French. They are taught complex grammar and vocabulary, reinforced with the use of films to improve their listening comprehension.

BA 334
Leadership and Management Planning Techniques

Implications of quantitative and qualitative approaches to decision-making. Information systems, decision-making under conditions of certainty and uncertainty.

BA 335
Leadership and Decision-Making

Decision-making theory and application; cost control and other controlling instruments; cost- benefit analysis. Case study approach to management services.

BA 338
Import-Export Operations

Provides a pragmatic understanding of management in an operational import/export department. Daily operations and management knowledge and skills, maximization of teamwork and development of staff potential. Emphasizes traditional practices, current theory, information technology and technical development. ISO, IATA, ICAO, NASA, EEC, GATT, WTO and NAFTA.

BA 412

Provides and understanding of modern auditing theory and practice. Aim and objectives of auditing and the role of the auditor. Case Studies. Emphasis on the radical change in the last few years in methods of auditing. Includes vouching approach compared to the Modern Audit, assets and liability verification, the auditor’s report, audit sampling and testing, preparation and audit of company balance sheets and profit and loss account, etc.

BA 414
Accounting Seminar

Selected topics relating to corporate and partnership accounts, consolidated accounts, takeovers and mergers, foreign exchange implications for accounting and accounting for inflation.

BA 424
Case Studies in Marketing

Case analysis, Diagnosis, evaluation and recommendation on corporate problems from a marketing standpoint.

BA 433
European Banking and Finance

Comparison of European and American banking systems: credit institutions, commercial banks, investments banks; the role of government in European financial transactions; instruments and methods of European banks and European Union transactions: European dollars; role of governments in currency fluctuation.

BA 482
Selected topics in International Business

Introduction to selected topics of current interest in international business. May be repeated for credit as topic varies.
Total Credits: (** Required if taking the Roehampton Degree)120

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