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The International Business Major

The international business major’s vision is to prepare students to become global business experts with cuttingedge expertise and knowledge for successful careers in international business. Our mission is to provide students with a unique curriculum in combination with applied skills and a focus on the European Union marketplace as the largest trade partner of the U.S.


In addition to satisfying the University Core Curriculum and Business Core requirements, international business majors must complete the following:

Required Courses

MRKT 340 International Marketing  
MGMT 340 International Management  
FNCE 360 International Finance  
One of the following
ECON 330 Economics of Developing Countries  
ECON 340 Economic Growth  
ECON 350 International Trade
ECON 360 International Macroeconomics  
Participation in a Roger Williams University Exchange/Summer Program or IB 469 COOP in International Business

Elective Courses

A total of four additional courses must be completed.

(a) Three courses in subjects related to the European Union. Specific courses fulfilling this requirement include:

IB 250 International Business: European Union  
IB 303 Business in Emerging Markets  
IB 306 International Business and Trade Disputes  
IB 450 Multinational Corporations: European Union  
IB 430 Special Topics (Studies in European Union)  

(b) One course focusing on diversity or international topics. Specific courses fulfilling this requirement include:

ANTH 356 World Cultures  
COMM 250 Intercultural Communication  
COMM 330 International Communication  
FREN 220 Perspectives on Culture: The French  
GER 220 Perspectives on Culture: The Germans  
HIST 281 A Survey of East Asian History  
HIST 281 Modern East Asian History  
HIST 282 A Survey of Modern African History  
ITAL 220 Perspectives on Culture: The Italians  
POLSC 221 Comparative Politics in the Third World  
POLSC 335 International Negotiation  
POLSC 346 Foreign Policies of Russia and China  
POLSC 348 Rogue States, Allies, Regional Powers  
POLSC 386 International Law and Organization  
POLSC 326 Post-Communist World  
POLSC 428 Mexican Politics  
POLSC 429 Cultures in Contact: Mexico Today  
POR 220 Perspectives on Culture: The Portuguese  
SOC 330 Globalization and Identity  
SPN 220 Perspectives on Culture: The Spanish  

Language Requirement

International Business majors are required to have competency in a language other than English. Students who are native speakers of English may fulfill the language competency requirement of the International Business Major through either of the following methods:
  1. Placement at a 300 level course in a foreign language
  2. Completing an International Studies Program (RWU or abroad) including:
    • Two language courses at any level
    • Three courses in areas such as, Culture & Civilization, Art, History, Political Science, Dance, Music, Film, and other courses in Liberal Arts related to the country of the selected language