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.

The International Business Major

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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

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 
POR220Perspectives on Culture: The Portuguese 
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:
    • Two language courses at any level
    • 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

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