Jun 15, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 

International Business Major (BSBA)

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International Business Major - Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA)

Please see the UNLV Lee Business School Marketing and International Business Department’s web page at https://www.unlv.edu/mib for information about department programs, faculty and facilities. Degree worksheets and 4/5 year plan for the major are available at https://www.unlv.edu/degree/bsba-international-business.

Please see advising information at the UNLV Lee Business School Undergraduate Advising’s web page at https://www.unlv.edu/business/advising.


Institution - Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (www.nwccu.org)

School - Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (www.aacsb.edu)

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the IB program students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate third year language proficiency and cultural knowledge in the student’s chosen foreign language
  2. Demonstrate working knowledge of a chosen functional area of business
  3. Explain the factors that determine international trade patterns and capital flows, and analyze their impact on global business operations
  4. Identify the major components of culture and explain how cultural differences affect the conduct of business.

University Graduation Requirements

Degree Requirements - Total: 120 Credits

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 pursuing the major in international business may pursue other business majors by completing the respective requirements.

For details about admission requirements, transfer policies, degree and graduation requirements, and college policies, please refer to the Lee Business School section of the Undergraduate Catalog.

General Education Requirements - Subtotal: 35-46 Credits

First-Year Seminar - Credits: 2-3

English Composition - Credits: 6

Second-Year Seminar - Credits: 3

Constitutions - Credits: 3-6

Mathematics - Credits: 3

Distribution Requirement - Credits: 18-19

Please see Distribution Requirements  for more information

  • Humanities and Fine Arts - Total Credits: 9
    • Humanities, 6 credits required from two different areas. It is recommended that students take  , as one of the humanities courses.
    • Fine Arts, 3 credits required
  • Social Science:
    • Automatically satisfied by business requirements
  • Life and Physical Sciences and Analytical Thinking: 9-10
    • Life and Physical Sciences - 6-7 credits
      • One science course with a lab
      • One non-lab science course
    • Analytical Thinking - 3 credits 

Multicultural and International Requirement - Credits: 0-6

Multicultural, one three-credit course required
International, one three-credit course required

These courses may overlap with general education and major requirements.  A single course may not meet the multicultural and international requirements simultaneously. For the list of approved multicultural and international courses, go to: https://www.unlv.edu/provost/multicultural-requirements.

Lee Business School Major Requirements - BSBA in International Business - Subtotal: 72-76 Credits

Functional Business Area Requirement - Credits: 9

Three 3-credit, upper-division (300- and 400- level) courses from one of the following functional areas of business (ECON, FIN, MGT, and MKT). Courses taken to satisfy the international business requirement cannot be counted toward the functional business area requirement.

ECON: ECON 312  or ECON 358  plus two upper-division (300- and 400- level) IB or ECON electives.
FIN: FIN 308  plus two upper-division (300- and 400- level) IB or FIN electives.
MGT: Three upper-division (300- and 400- level) IB or MGT electives.
MKT: Three upper-division (300- and 400- level) IB or MKT electives.

Language/Area Studies Requirement - Credits: 6

Students must demonstrate an understanding of  world culture through world language or area studies courses.  This requirement is satisfied by the completion of 6 credits in:

A. 300-level or higher courses taught in another language and/or
B. Approved courses in area studies.  See list at: https://www.unlv.edu/business/advising/gen-ed

                   Minimum of a C in all courses is required.

General Electives - Credits: 0-13 Dependent on level of language proficiency

The number of  general electives necessary for each student varies based on how many credits a student uses to satisfy the requirements identified above. The minimum number of degree-applicable credits required to earn a degree from the Lee Business School is 120.

Total Credits: 120


  1. Students must take BUS 496  or BUS 498   as capstone course in the business core.
  2. All courses in the major requirements section must be completed with a grade of C or better. 
  3. Any course that is included as a prerequisite for a Lee Business School course requires a minimum grade of C or better.

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