International Business

Every business is a global business in the 21st century. From the smallest e-commerce entrepreneur to the multinational conglomerate with subsidiaries on six continents, every business today has the potential to expand its reach beyond a local operation and capitalize on emerging opportunities, no matter where they are.

International business majors learn how to think globally about the business world. A fundamental truth is that while business principles may be universal, the successful application of principles in global markets today often requires local knowledge and a heightened cultural sensitivity.

To major in international business at La Salle, you must meet the requirements of a second major (the second major can be outside the School of Business). Functional business skills, such as accounting, marketing, and finance, are important for initial career placement and are emphasized more in the early stages of business careers.  Students are required to have some direct international experience that can be fulfilled by appropriate travel/study courses or a study abroad experience, as part of the degree requirements.

Reasons to Choose Lasallian Business:

  • Our curriculum recognizes the balance between global ambitions and local concerns. We teach students about the complexities of the international arena while emphasizing the competencies required for success on Main Street.
  • Step by step, students discover how to take a local business global. They learn to anticipate and confront the challenges associated with international transactions, fluctuating currencies, and cultural and political differences.
  • Our faculty believes in firsthand experience, so they lead a number of travel/study courses that take students abroad to immerse themselves in foreign cultures and observe international businesses at work.
  • International business majors are ideally positioned to take advantage of the University’s emphasis on global perspective. As La Salle’s campus becomes more international with students from around the globe, our classrooms reflect the world, incorporating different viewpoints and perspectives from multiple cultures.


Swee-Lim Chia, Ph.D. Program Director
Co-Chair and Associate Professor, Marketing
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