Program Requirements

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From Seattle University's 2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog.

Albers is no longer accepting new students in this program.

In order to earn the bachelor of arts in business administration degree with a major in global business, students must complete a minimum of 180 quarter credits with a cumulative and major/program grade point average of 2.25, including the following:

I. University Core Curriculum Requirements

55 credits, including:

Module I
Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
UCOR 1100 Academic Writing Seminar 5
UCOR 1200 Quantitative Reasoning (satisfied in major)  
UCOR 1300 Creative Expression and Interpretation 5
UCOR 1400 Inquiry Seminar in the Humanities 5
UCOR 1600 Inquiry Seminar in the Social Sciences 5
UCOR 1800 Inquiry Seminar in the Natural Sciences 5
Module II
Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
UCOR 2100 Theological Explorations 5
UCOR 2500 Philosophy of the Human Person 5
UCOR 2910 Ethical Reasoning Business 5
Module III
Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
UCOR 3100 Religion in a Global Context 5
UCOR 3400 Humanities and Global Challenges 5
UCOR 3800 Natural Sciences and Global Challenges 5

II. Albers Business Foundation Requirements

82 credits, including:

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
BUAD 1000 Albers Essentials of Business Integration
(must be taken first quarter)
ACCT 2300 Principles of Accounting I 5
ACCT 2310 Principles of Accounting II 5
BCOM 2800 Business Communication 5
ECON 2100 Business Statistics 5
ECON 2110 Principles of Economics—Micro 5
ECON 2130 Principles of Economics—Macro 5
ECON 3100 Quantitative Methods and Applications 5
IS 3150 Introduction to Information Systems 5
FINC 3400 Business Finance 5
MKTG 3500 Introduction to Marketing 5
OPER 3600 Operations and Supply Chain management 5
BLAW 3700 Business and International Law 5
MGMT 3000 Principles of Management 5
MGMT 4890 Strategic Management 5
Choose one of the following two courses: 5
GBUS 3200 Global Environment of Business
ECON 3130 Global and Domestic Macroeconomics
Calculus, choose one of the following two courses: 5
MATH 1130 Elements of Calculus for Business
MATH 1334 Calculus I

EXCEL Requirement

All business students entering SU summer 2012 or later are required to pass the EXCEL Level I Certification Exam as a requirement for graduation.

For details, see the Excel Certification page.

III. Major Requirements

25 upper-division credits, plus supplemental activities:

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
Choose three of the following courses: 15
Functional Area Courses
BLAW 4760 Global Legal Issues
ECON 4720 International Economics
FINC 4460 International Corporate and Trade Finance
GBUS 4860 Global Management
MKTG 4560 International Marketing
Choose one additional course: 5
Choose one additional functional area course listed above or one of the following courses:
ECON 3780 Financial Markets and Economic Development
GBUS 4880 China: Its Role in Global Business
GBUS 4890 Global Strategy 5

IV. Additional Requirements

Course TitleCredits
General Electives to total 180 credit hours 18

Supplemental activities may satisfy general elective requirements.

V. Supplemental Activities

Choose two activities from the following four:

  • Demonstrate competency through the 135 level in a language other than English by successful course completion or acceptable performance on the Modern Language Competency Examination. The course may not be taken on a pass-fail, correspondence, or audit bases. Competency in languages not offered by the Modern Languages Department may be acceptable if approved by the International Business Program Director and successfully demonstrated to the Modern Languages Department.
  • Complete a 3-5 credit internship (or the equivalent on a not-for-credit basis) with a company involved in international business in the Seattle area, pre-approved by the International Business Program Director. See the  regarding internships for credit and the International Business Academic Advisor regarding not-for-credit internships.
  • Minor in either International Economic Development or International Studies.
  • Participate in an international Study Abroad program pre-approved by the International Business Programs Director.
  • Participate in an SU/Albers Education Abroad course pre-approved by the International Business Programs Director.

Please note

Internships or independent studies may not be used to satisfy a major requirement.

International Business majors who are international students (educated abroad until age 16 in a language other than English) have met the supplemental activities requirement.

*Major requirements must earn a C- grade or better.