Bachelor of Science in Business Administration: Concentration in International Business

Concentration in International Business

By specializing in international business, a student gains an understanding of the international aspects of business while concentrating in a functional business area—marketing, finance, management, export/import management, or logistics. Courses analyze the rapidly changing international environment and the new management problems and tasks that result. A student can begin a career in a functional department of a company, with the opportunity to move into international operations if a need develops. Alternatively, a student may begin working directly in international operations, including the import-export field.

Students studying abroad in California State University International Programs or an SF State Exchange Program may develop special international business concentrations with advisor approval before going abroad. Students with specific educational or career objectives may develop special international business concentrations in consultation with an advisor.

All concentration courses must be taken on a letter-grade basis. Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.0 in all concentration courses, and International Business majors must earn a grade of C– or higher in IBUS 330.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Students have basic competencies in business-related disciplines.
    1. Students will demonstrate the discipline‐based knowledge in accounting, economics, finance, information systems, international business, management, marketing, operations, and statistics.
    2. Students will demonstrate the ability to integrate the knowledge of different functional areas into effective business solutions.
  2. Students demonstrate effective communication skills.
    1. Students will create well‐written documents on a business topic;
    2. Students will deliver an effective oral presentation on a business topic.
  3. Students demonstrate the ability to analyze business situations.
    1. Students will solve business problems using appropriate quantitative and analytical techniques and technologies;
    2. Students will demonstrate the ability to identify and analyze alternatives in a business context;
    3. Students will demonstrate the ability to articulate and defend a course of action.
  4. Students develop team skills that facilitate achievement of organizational goals.
    1. Students will work effectively in culturally and ethnically diverse teams demonstrated by the ability to contribute to the team’s performance, interact positively with teammates, keep the team on track, maintain high standards for team performance, and by having the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to help the team succeed.
  5. Students understand the ethical issues related to the operation of business including sustainability.
    1. Students will identify key concepts in business ethics;
    2. Students will recognize the ethical dilemmas in specific business cases;
    3. Students will analyze how ethical issues can affect the interests of different stakeholders;
    4. Students will propose a business solution to the ethical dilemmas;
    5. Students will be aware of sustainability issues in business.
  6. Students understand the issues related to the operation of global business
    1. Students will recognize the relevant global issues including legal, political, social and cultural factors in specific management situations;
    2. Students will analyze the impact of the global issues such as legal, political, social and cultural factors in specific management situations;
    3. Students will demonstrate the ability to propose business solutions based on the analysis of global issues including legal, political, social and cultural factors.

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration: Concentration in International Business - 69-72 units

Except in cases of credit by examination, no more than 6 units of the core may be completed on a CR/NC basis.

Students must earn a grade of C- or higher in core Business courses required as prerequisites for other core Business courses.

Prerequisite Courses (9-12 units)

Select One:3-6
Calculus with Business Applications
Mathematics for Business Calculus I
and Mathematics for Business Calculus II
Business Calculus
ECON 101Introduction to Microeconomic Analysis3
ISYS 263Introduction to Information Systems3
or a passing score on the ISYS 263 CLEP Exam

These courses must be completed before enrollment in certain core courses. Most core courses have specific prerequisites that are listed within the course descriptions.

Note: DS 110, ECON 101, and ECON 102 (formerly ECON 100) fulfill General Education requirements.

Core Requirements (39 units)

Required Core Courses
ACCT 100Introduction to Financial Accounting3
ACCT 101Introduction to Managerial Accounting3
Select One:3
Accounting Information Systems
Information Systems for Management
Select One:3
Business Communication for Professionals - GWAR
Communications for Business Analytics - GWAR
BUS 682Seminar on Business and Society 13
BUS 690Seminar in Business Policy and Strategic Management 13
Select One: 3
Business Statistics I
Elementary Statistics
DS 412Operations Management3
ECON 102Introduction to Macroeconomic Analysis3
FIN 350Business Finance3
IBUS 330International Business and Multicultural Relations3
MGMT 405Introduction to Management and Organizational Behavior3
MKTG 431Principles of Marketing3

Concentration Requirements (9 units)

IBUS 590International Environmental Analysis3
IBUS 681Seminar in Comparative Management3
IBUS 690Global Strategic Management3

Geographic Area Requirement (3 units)

Select one of the following:
IBUS 591Doing Business in Latin America3
IBUS 592Doing Business in Greater China3
IBUS 593Doing Business in Europe3
IBUS 594Doing Business in Asia-Pacific Countries3
IBUS 596Doing Business in Japan3
IBUS 598Doing Business in Emerging Markets3

Electives (9 units)

Selected from one of the emphases (course may be substituted with advisor approval). Courses taken to fulfill the Concentration and Geographic Area Requirements may not be counted as Elective units:

Country Analysis and Emerging Market Environments

IBUS 598Doing Business in Emerging Markets3
IBUS 676Social Entrepreneurship in a Global Context3
Select one IBUS elective3

Global Strategy and Competencies

Select three IBUS elective courses9

Global Entrepreneurship

IBUS 576Global Entrepreneurship3
IBUS 676Social Entrepreneurship in a Global Context3
Select one IBUS elective3

Global Innovation and Market Studies

IBUS 531Cross-Cultural Innovation and Creativity in Business and Management3
IBUS 620Research in International Business and the Global Market3
Select one IBUS elective3

Global Leadership and Human Resources Management

IBUS 628Global Human Resource Management3
IBUS 638Global Leadership and Cultural Competencies3
Select one IBUS elective3

Import/Export Management

IBUS 430Import-Export Management and Small Business Operations3
IBUS 576Global Entrepreneurship3
Select one IBUS elective3

Elective Courses

IBUS 430Import-Export Management and Small Business Operations3
IBUS 440Advanced Import-Export Management3
IBUS 517Legal Environment of World Business3
IBUS 531Cross-Cultural Innovation and Creativity in Business and Management3
IBUS 566Careers in International Business3
IBUS 576Global Entrepreneurship3
IBUS 591Doing Business in Latin America3
IBUS 592Doing Business in Greater China3
IBUS 593Doing Business in Europe3
IBUS 594Doing Business in Asia-Pacific Countries3
IBUS 596Doing Business in Japan3
IBUS 598Doing Business in Emerging Markets3
IBUS 620Research in International Business and the Global Market3
IBUS 628Global Human Resource Management3
IBUS 638Global Leadership and Cultural Competencies3
IBUS/MGMT 659Introduction to International Business Negotiation3
IBUS 676Social Entrepreneurship in a Global Context3

General Education Requirements

Requirement Course Level Units Area Designation
Oral Communication LD 3 A1
Written English Communication I LD 3 A2
Critical Thinking LD 3 A3
Physical Science LD 3 B1
Life Science LD 3 B2
Lab Science LD 1 B3
Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning LD 3 B4
Arts LD 3 C1
Humanities LD 3 C2
Arts or Humanities LD 3 C1 or C2
Social Sciences LD 3 D1
Social Sciences: US History LD 3 D2
Social Sciences: US & CA Government LD 3 D3
Lifelong Learning and Self-Development (LLD) LD 3 E
Physical and/or Life Science UD 3 UD-B
Arts and/or Humanities UD 3 UD-C
Social Sciences UD 3 UD-D
SF State Studies
Courses certified as meeting the SF State Studies requirements may be upper or lower division in General Education (GE), a major or minor, or an elective.
American Ethnic and Racial Minorities LD or UD 3 AERM
Environmental Sustainability LD or UD 3 ES
Global Perspectives LD or UD 3 GP
Social Justice LD or UD 3 SJ

Note: LD = Lower-Division; UD = Upper-Division.

First-Time Student Roadmap (4 Year)

Find the correct roadmap (A, B, C, or D):

  1. Select the row that matches your English Course choice for A2.*
  2. Select the column that matches your QR Category (found at your student center under Math Alert).
  3. Click the Roadmap that lines up with your row and column.

For example, if you are taking ENG 104 as your first English course and your student center math alert says you are QR Category III, you should choose Roadmap D.

Pathway QR Cat I/II QR Cat III/IV
ENG 114 Roadmap A Roadmap C
ENG 104/ENG 105 Roadmap B Roadmap D

*Composition for Multilingual Students: If taking ENG 209 as your first English course, choose the ENG 114 row. If taking ENG 204 for your first English course, choose the ENG 104/ENG 105 row.

General Advising Information for Transfer Students

  1. Before transfer, complete as many lower-division requirements or electives for this major as possible.
  2. The following courses are not required for admission but are required for graduation. Students are strongly encouraged to complete these units before transfer; doing so will provide more flexibility in course selection after transfer.
    • a course in U.S. History
    • a course in U.S. & California Government

For information about satisfying the requirements described in (1) and (2) above at a California Community College (CCC), please visit http://www.assist.org. Check any geographically accessible CCCs; sometimes options include more than one college. Use ASSIST to determine:

  • Which courses at a CCC satisfy any lower-division major requirements for this major;
  • Which courses at a CCC satisfy CSU GE, US History, and US & CA Government requirements.

Remedial courses are not transferable and do not apply to the minimum 60 semester units/90 quarter units required for admission.

Additional units for courses that are repeated do not apply to the minimum 60 units required for upper-division transfer (for example, if a course was not passed on the first attempt or was taken to earn a better grade).

Before leaving the last California Community College of attendance, obtain a summary of completion of lower-division General Education units (IGETC or CSU GE Breadth). This is often referred to as a GE certification worksheet. SF State does not require delivery of this certification to Admissions, but students should retain this document for verifying degree progress after transfer.

Credit for Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or College-Level Examination Program courses: AP/IB/CLEP credit is not automatically transferred from the previous institution. Units are transferred only when an official score report is delivered to SF State. Credit is based on the academic year during which exams were taken. Refer to the University Bulletin in effect during the year of AP/IB/CLEP examination(s) for details regarding the award of credit for AP/IB/CLEP.

Students pursuing majors in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines often defer 6-9 units of lower-division General Education in Areas C and D until after transfer to focus on preparation courses for the major. This advice does not apply to students pursuing associate degree completion before transfer.

Transferring From Institutions Other Than CCCs or CSUs

Review SF State's lower-division General Education requirements. Note that, as described below, the four basic skills courses required for admission meet A1, A2, A3, and B4 in the SF State GE pattern. Courses that fulfill the remaining areas of SF State’s lower-division GE pattern are available at most two-year and four-year colleges and universities.

Of the four required basic skills courses, a course in critical thinking (A3) may not be widely offered outside the CCC and CSU systems. Students should attempt to identify and take an appropriate course no later than the term of application to the CSU. To review more information about the A3 requirement, please visit bulletin.sfsu.edu/undergraduate-education/general-education/lower-division/#AAEL.

Waiting until after transfer to take a single course at SF State that meets both US and CA/local government requirements may be an appropriate option, particularly if transferring from outside of California.

All Students Must Meet the Transfer Eligibility Requirements Outlined Below for Admission.

For more information, visit the Undergraduate Admissions section.

  • Complete 60 or more transferable semester units or 90 or more quarter units.
  • Earn a college grade point average of 2.0 or better in all transferable courses. Non-local area residents may be held to a higher GPA standard.
  • Be in good standing at the last college or university attended.
  • Complete 30-semester units (45-quarter units) of General Education, including four basic skills courses:
    1. One course in oral communication (same as CSU GE Area A1)
    2. One course in written composition (same as CSU GE Area A2)
    3. One course in critical thinking (same as CSU GE Area A3)
    4. One course in mathematics or quantitative reasoning (same as CSU GE Area B4)
  • The four basic skills courses and a minimum of 60 transferable semester units (90-quarter units) must be completed by the spring semester prior to fall admission, or by the fall semester prior to spring admission. Earn a C- or better grade in each basic skills course.