International Business

The International Business minor prepares students for careers with firms engaged in international business. Emphasis is placed on perceiving the problems of operating in a global environment and managing challenges. The international business minor helps students understand the impact of international competition and how to operate effectively in the global marketplace by integrating the management, marketing, finance, and economic functional areas in a global context. 

Careers and internship opportunities for students in this minor include:

  • project manager
  • account executive
  • marketing specialist
  • procurement agent
  • international trade manager

Program Requirements

From Seattle University's 2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog.

Students seeking the minor in international business must take as part of their university core, major, or minor requirements, the following:

Prerequisite Courses

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
Choose one: 5
MATH 1130 Elements of Calculus for Business  
MATH 1334 Calculus I  
BCOM 2800 Communication for Business 5
ECON 2110 Principles of Economics - Micro 5
ECON 2130 Principles of Economics - Macro 5

Business Foundation Courses:

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
ECON 2100 Business Statistics 5
ACCT 2300 Principles of Accounting I (Financial) 5
ACCT 2310 Principles of Accounting II (Managerial) 5
FINC 3400   Business Finance 5
MKTG 3500 Introduction to Marketing 5
MGMT 3000 Principles of Management 5

Minor Requirements

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
INBU 4860 International Management 5

Choose five courses from the following options

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
ECON 3130 Int'l. Economic Events & Business Decisions 5
MGMT 3200 Global Environment of Business 5
BLAW 3700 Business and International Law 5
BLAW 4760 International Law 5
FINC 4460 International Corporate and Trade Finance 5
MKTG 4560 International Marketing 5


Other international electives approved by the director of international business.

Supplemental Activities:

Choose one supplemental activity 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 Albers Placement Center regarding internships for credit and the International Business Academic Advisor regarding not-for-credit internships.
  • Participate in an international experience pre-approved by the International Business Programs Director. May include studies abroad, SU Summer Education Abroad Course, or other international experiences pre-approved by the International Business Programs Director. Only coursework verified through the Education Abroad course approval process will be eligible to earn transfer credit towards the SU degree.

Please note:

  1. Courses used toward a minor in international business are subject to the same grade minimums as those in an international business major.
  2. Students applying for the minor are required to take at least 20 credits in international business at Seattle University. See policy for minors in the bulletin.