International Business

Embark on a successful global business career with a degree in International Business from RWU. Our program combines a solid business core with studies in international finance, management, marketing, economics, foreign language and trade with the European Union. Through internships, study abroad experiences and exchange programs, you’ll gain hands-on experience as you learn how to think globally about business.

Degree Requirements

The International Business Major

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

Required Courses

MRKT340International Marketing
MGMT340International Management
FNCE360International Finance
One of the following
ECON330Economics of Developing Countries
ECON340Economic Growth
ECON350International Trade
ECON360International 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:

IB250International Business: European Union
IB/MGMT303Business in Emerging Markets
IB306International Business and Trade Disputes
IB429Community Partnership Center International Business Studies
IB/MGMT450Multinational Corporations: European Union
IB430Special Topics (Studies in European Union)
IB469COOP: International Business

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

ANTH356World Cultures
COMM250Intercultural Communication
COMM330International Communication
FREN220Perspectives on Culture: The French
GER220Perspectives on Culture: The Germans
HIST281A Survey of East Asian History
HIST281Modern East Asian History
HIST282A Survey of Modern African History
ITAL220Perspectives on Culture: The Italians
POLSC221Comparative Politics in the Third World
POLSC335International Negotiation
POLSC346Foreign Policies of Russia and China
POLSC348Rogue States, Allies, Regional Powers
POLSC386International Law and Organization
POLSC326Post-Communist World
POLSC428Mexican Politics
POLSC429Cultures in Contact: Mexico Today
SOC330Globalization and Identity
SPN220Perspectives 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 one of the following methods:

  1. Placement at a 201 level course in a foreign language
  2. Completing an International Studies Program (RWU or abroad) including:
    1. Two language courses at any level
    2. Three courses in areas such as Culture and Civilization, Art, History, Political Science, Dance, Music, Film, and other courses in Liberal Arts related to the country of the selected language

To read more about our academic offerings, or to view full course descriptions, please refer to our University Catalog.

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Are you interested in business, but not sure whether to focus on management, accounting, economics or any one of our many academic disciplines offered at the Gabelli School? Visit Undeclared at GSB for resources on how you can explore your options before making a decision.

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Internship Opportunities

  • J. H. Chafee Center for International Business
  • Johnson & Johnson Consumer Finance
  • Alcatel-Lucent
  • Massachusetts International Trade Assistance Center
  • Mitsui & Co. Inc., Ltd
  • Nevel International LLC
  • The Schefenacker Group


  • Fidelity Investments
  • Siemens Medical Solutions
  • Price Waterhouse Coopers