International Business


The International Business major considers differences in culture, economic, political, legal, and ethical systems to assess international business environments, compare market potential, and select effective entry modes. The curriculum also covers responding to government interventions on trade and investment and managing payments and foreign exchange risks with standard economic and business techniques.

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  • International Business

Available Minors

  • Business
  • Economics
  • Entrepreneurship


Four-Year Plan

Sample program of study for the international business major. Students should select courses with the assistance of a faculty advisor.

Fall Spring
First Year
BUS-105 or elective 3 ECO-211 or ECO-212 3
General Education/Electives 6 Foreign language 102 3
POL-103 3 General education/Electives 6
Foreign language 101 3 [15 credits]  
[15 credits]      
Second Year
BUS-253 3 BUS-225 3
BUS-302 3 BUS-303 3
POL-351 and General Education 6 General Education/Electives 6
Foreign language 103 3 Foreign language 200 level 3
[15 credits]   [15 credits]  
Third Year
BUS-321 3 BUS-350 3
BUS-334 3 BUS-442 3
Internship or study tour 3 General Education/Electives 9
General Education/Electives 6 [15 credits]  
[15 credits]      
Fourth Year
POL-401 3 ECO-404 3
BUS-442 3 BUS-450 3
General Education/Electives 9 General Education/Electives 9
[15 credits]   [15 credits]  

Note: For course descriptions, see listings in business, economics, and political science catalog sections.

What to Expect Studying at Notre Dame of Maryland University

Small classes, lectures and seminars provide a climate for individualized learning while conferences and faculty project collaborations offer opportunities to network and boost your resume.

Student Learning Outcomes

After completing the program, you will be able to:

  1. Integrate global perspectives on political, economic, cultural, environmental issues into business decisions
    1. Compare political and economic systems to identify differences that affect business transactions
    2. Develop international competitive strategies based on ethics and social responsibility that address social, economic, and environment needs in both the home and the host country.
  2. Communicate and work effectively with people from other countries and cultures
    1. Speak and write proficiently in at least one language other than one's native tongue.
    2. Integrate knowledge of different cultures to identify needs and evaluate management techniques that are appropriate for different countries.
    3. Demonstrate professional, persuasive, analytical, logical, and effective written and oral communications
  3. Integrate quantitative and qualitative skills to solve problems and support international business decisions
    1. Use accounting, economics, finance and other business data to solve international business problems and to support international business decisions.
    2. Investigate complex issues that affect international business and to formulate strategies to address these issues through critical thinking
    3.  Use appropriate business tools and technologies in solving international business problems and presenting their solutions.

Program Accreditation

Networking & Professional Opportunities

  • Attend conferences organized by the World Trade Center Institute and interact with regional business leaders and foreign Embassies staff.
  • Collaborate with faculty on projects involving companies engaging in international business.

International Business Careers

  • Marketing Manager
  • Brand Manager
  • Global Logistics Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Training Specialist
  • Labor Relations Manager
  • Human Resource Manager
  • Financial Analyst
  • Sales Manager
  • Import/Export Agent
  • Entrepreneur
  • Management Analyst