Sep 25, 2023  
2008-2010 Undergraduate Catalog 

International Business Major

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The international business major provides students with a general understanding and appreciation of global business and economic environments, various cultures, and diverse values. This interdisciplinary program combines liberal arts studies and professional education. As such, the program has its roots in disciplines dealing with the basics of behavioral studies, with theoretical structures and with empirical analyses. The program provides a foundation for understanding current and future business and economic conditions.

An increasing share of local, regional, and national economic activities are attributed to exports, imports, trade in intellectual property and technology-intensive products, U.S. investment abroad, and foreign investment in the United States. These patterns of business activities require personnel, both at home and abroad, with a solid academic base for dealing with the changing concepts, practices, and integrated international business organizations. In addition, such personnel must have an in-depth understanding of other nations, languages, and cultures. The program includes opportunities for students to obtain part of their education in foreign universities such as in UNLV’s Turin, Italy, program.

The international business major also prepares students for advanced degrees in areas such as business administration, public administration, law, economics, and other social science and liberal arts disciplines. Students earning the major in international business may earn other business majors by completing the respective requirements.

Degree Requirements

English Composition - Total Credits: 6

English Literature - Total Credits: 3

Constitutions - Total Credits: 3-6

Mathematics - Total Credits: 3

Distribution Requirement Social Science

Multicultural and International

(see notes below)

Non-business Electives - Credits Vary

The number of non-business electives necessary for each student varies based on how many credits a student uses to satisfy the requirements identified above. The minimum credits required to earn a degree from the College of Business is 124.

International Business Requirements - Total Credits: 9

Functional Business Area Requirement - Total Credits: 9

Three three-credit, upper-division (300- and 400- level courses) from one functional area of business. Functional areas of business are: ACC, BLW, ECON, FIN, IS, MGT, and MKT. The international business elective from the functional area does not count toward the concentration requirement. An internship in international business:

(BUS 481 - Business Internship ) may count for up to three credits of either the international business requirement or the functional business area.

Language/Area Studies Requirement - Total Credits: 18

Students must demonstrate third-year level proficiency in a selected foreign language. Foreign language proficiency may be demonstrated by:

  1. A cumulative GPA of 2.70 or higher in 301 and 302 of the selected language. (Where offered, the business language course may be substituted for 302. Students must meet the language course prerequisites set by the Department of Foreign Languages. If that department determines a student’s language skills are too advanced for the 301 or 302 course, the student must see an advisor in Undergraduate Advising.)
  2. Proficiency by examination.
    In addition, students must complete 18 credits from:
    1. Language courses in the selected foreign language (no more than six of these credits may be from lower-division language courses);
    2. Courses in the related area studies;
    3. Courses taken during full-time resident study in a foreign university, provided that all instruction is in the selected foreign language;
    4. A combination of 1-3.

Students whose native language is not English have two options.
Option A: North American Area Studies - The student must complete 18 credits from courses related to the North America region or to oral or written communication in English. At least six of these credits must relate to communication in English. Courses required of all business majors may not be counted toward this requirement. This option is not available to native speakers of English.
Option B: The student may fulfill the Language/Area Studies Requirement for any other area, provided the language proficiency requirement is satisfied by a language other than the student’s native tongue.

Total Credits: 124-126


  1. Students must take BUS 498 as the capstone course in the business core.
  2. Every student must complete a three-credit multicultural course and a three-credit international course. Courses satisfying other requirements may simultaneously satisfy the multicultural and international requirements except one course cannot satisfy both the multicultural and the international requirements. For an approved list, visit

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