International Business

Program Description

Every business is a global business in the interconnected 21st century. From the smallest e-commerce entrepreneur to the global company on multiple continents, every business has the potential to expand its reach beyond a local operation and capitalize on emerging opportunities, no matter where they are. International business majors will learn how to assess and understand this dynamic and multifaceted environment and develop essential skills in ethical and cultural awareness. 

To major in international business at La Salle, you must meet the requirements of either a second major (this can be outside the School of Business) or a minor in Risk Management and Insurance (RMI). Students with a second major outside the School of Business must fulfill all business core, math, economics and psychology/sociology courses that are required of business majors. A second major in a functional business area, such as accounting, marketing and finance, is important for an initial career placement and is emphasized more in the early stages of business careers. International business skills and knowledge are generally utilized after mastering these functional skills.

Contact

Swee-Lim Chia
Associate Professor
chia@lasalle.edu
Founders’ Hall 331
215.951.1627

Why take this major?

International business is an interdisciplinary program.  In addition to courses in business, students are encouraged to take courses from political science, education and economics. Experiencing a foreign culture first-hand is also an essential requirement.

  • La Salle international business majors has a well-rounded education in accounting, business systems and analytics, finance, management and leadership, and marketing.
  • Students are required to have a second major, or a relevant minor, which increases their career opportunities.
  • Explorers studying international business must have an international experience fulfilled by short-term travel study courses, a semester abroad, or an approved international internship.
  • Professors who teach in the program have vast international professional and educational experience. Many also lead students on short-term travel study courses to Europe, Asia and South America.

International business prepares students for a variety of career choices in culturally-diverse businesses in all industries, whether here at home or at an international location.

Career opportunities for those with an International Business degree include:

  • Compliance Specialist
  • Import/Export Agent
  • International Finance and Banking
  • International Management Consultant
  • International Sales Representative
  • Logistics Coordinator
  • Trade Specialist

Student Learning Outcomes

The goals of the program are:

  • to promote the understanding of the nature of international business (explain how international factors affect domestic concerns, explain regional economic and political integration, explain the main institutions that shape the global marketplace, explain business expansions abroad, explain the key legal and political issues related to conducting businessin other countries),
  • to demonstrate developed global perspectives (cognitive knowledge of global issues, interpersonal skills with individuals from various cultures, social responsibility awareness on global issues).

Program Contact Information

Degree Earned

B.S.B.A.

Number of Courses Required for Graduation

Major: 18 (plus second major or minor in Risk Management and Insurance)

Total: 40

Number of Credits Required for Graduation

Major: 55 (plus credits for second major or minor in Risk Management and Insurance)

Total: 120

GPA Required for Graduation

Major: 2.0

Cumulative: 2.0

Progress Chart

Level One - Core Courses

12 courses and 2 modules required

Universal Required Courses (4 Courses)

Students must complete the following 4 courses.

ILO 8.1: Written Communication

ENG 110 - College Writing I: Persuasion

ILO 5.1: Information Literacy

ENG 210 - College Writing II: Research

ILO 1.1: Understanding Diverse Perspectives

FYS 130 - First-Year Academic Seminar **

NOTE. The following students use Level 2 Capstone Experience in Major instead of FYS 130: Honors, BUSCA, Core-to-Core, Transfer, and Non-Traditional/Evening.

ILO 2.1: Reflective Thinking and Valuing

REL 100 - Religion Matters

Elective Core Courses (4 Courses)

Students must complete 1 course in each of the following 4 ILOs.

ILO 3.1a: Scientific Reasoning

Choose course within ILO

ILO 3.1b: Quantitative Reasoning

MTH 114 - Applied Business Calculus

ILO 6.1: Technological Competency

CSC 155 - Introduction to Computer Applications for Business

ILO 8.1a/12.1: Oral Communication/ Collaborative Engagement

BUS 150 - Presentation and Collaboration Skills for Business

Distinct Discipline Core Courses (4 Courses)

Students must complete 1 course in each of the following 4 ILOs. Each course must be from a different discipline. (A "discipline" is represented by the 3- or 4-letter prefix attached to each course.)

ILO 4.1: Critical Analysis and Reasoning

ECN 150 - Introductory Macroeconomics: The U.S. in the Global Economy I

ILO 9.1: Creative and Artistic Expression

Choose course within ILO

ILO 10.1: Ethical Understanding and Reasoning

Choose course within ILO

ILO 11.1: Cultural and Global Awareness and Sensitivity

Choose course within ILO

Universal Required Modules (2 Courses)

Students must complete the following 2 non-credit modules.
The Modules are not required for Transfer Students, Core-to-Core Students, or BUSCA Students. BUSCA students are required to take modules if/when they pursue a bachelor’s degree.

ILO 7.1a

Health Literacy Module

ILO 7.1b

Financial Literacy Module

Major Requirements

Major requirements include 4 Level Two ILO requirements, fulfilled through the major.

Students in this major must complete 40 courses in total in order to graduate. 18 (plus second major or minor in Risk Management and Insurance) courses will be from this major program.

Level Two (4 Courses)

Students must complete 1 course/learning experience in each of the 4 commitments.

ILO 2.2: Broader Identity (Capstone Course/Experience)

Fulfilled within major

Choose one ILO from 3.2a, 3.2b, 4.2, 5.2, 6.2, 7.2a, or 7.2b: Expanded Literacies

Fulfilled within major

ILO 8.2b: Effective Expression (Writing-Intensive Course)

Fulfilled within major

Choose on ILO from 10.2, 11.2, or 12.2: Active Responsibility

Fulfilled within major

All Other Required Courses

Business Core

The Business Core, required of all majors in business, provides students with skills and knowledge across a wide array of business disciplines. Courses in the Business Core introduce students to all areas in which they can major and provide a foundation upon which upper-level major courses build.

International Business Major - 4 courses

Choose 4 courses:

  • BUS 300 - International Business
  • ECN 331 - International Economics
  • FIN 403 - International Finance
  • MGT 309 - Management Perspectives of Globalization
  • MGT 356 - Managing the Global Economy
  • MKT 305 - International Marketing
  • Any School of Business-sponsored travel study course

OR

Choose 3 courses from:

  • BUS 300 - International Business
  • ECN 331 - International Economics
  • FIN 403 - International Finance
  • MGT 309 - Management Perspectives of Globalization
  • MGT 356 - Managing the Global Economy
  • MKT 305 - International Marketing
  • Any School of Business-sponsored travel study course

AND

Choose 1 from the following:

  • ECN 276 - Political Economy of Latin America
  • ECN 330 - Third World Poverty and Economic Development
  • ECN 332 - Political Economy of Africa
  • ECN 335 - International Trade and Trade Wars
  • POL 240 - International Relations
  • POL 341 - Globalization and International Decision Making
  • EDC 218 - Physical and Cultural Geography
  • Plus International Experience(s) that can be met by any of the following: Study Abroad, two travel study courses, an approved internship/coop in another country, one travel study course plus a domestic co-op or internship with a significant international component, or other significant international experience that may be considered upon application to the Program Director.

Free Electives

In addition to the requirements listed above, students must take enough courses to the fulfill graduation credit requirements for their School and major.

Dual Major Requirements

International business majors are required to meet the requirements of either a second major (this can be outside the School of Business) or a minor in Risk Management and Insurance.

Model rosters should be followed for course sequencing.

Course Descriptions

All course descriptions may be found in the main menu under Undergraduate > Courses: A-Z

Business Core Course Descriptions

BUS 100 - Business Perspectives

An integrative freshmen course that addresses business processes at an introductory level by examining key business areas through the preparation of a business plan. Students gain an appreciation for how each part of a business functions on its own and how business processes interact with each other. The course culminates in our signature Bankers Day event in which each team presents their final business plan to a panel of business executives for evaluation. The course emphasizes cross-disciplinary experiential learning, group dynamics, and personal interaction with faculty, business professionals and entrepreneurs in a small-class environment. Students are introduced to team-building, entrepreneurship, and business plans at the beginning of their academic program in order to build and develop their skills over the next three years. Students should take this course as early on as possible. Generally the course is not open to seniors.

Number of Credits: 4

When Offered: Spring

How Offered: Face-to-Face

BUS 101 - Introduction to Financial Accounting

The course introduces financial reporting by focusing on the fundamental principles of recording business transaction with emphasis on the presentation and interpretation of corporate financial information. Topics include an overview of financial reporting and the accounting cycle, as well as, accounting and reporting of operating, investing and financing activities of a business. Assignments employ both Excel and SAP.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

How Offered: Face-to-Face, Online

BUS 102 - Accounting for Financial and Managerial Decision-Making

An introduction to the fundamentals of managerial accounting with a special emphasis on using accounting information in decision making.  Topics covered include corporate capital stock structure, planning and control systems, cost management systems, pricing decisions, and capital expenditure decisions.  Assignments employ Excel.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Fall, Spring

How Offered: Face-to-Face

Prerequisites: BUS 101, CSC 155 and MTH 114 (CSC 155 and/or MTH 114 can be taken concurrently)

BUS 200 - Business Professionalism and Career Preparation

The course will focus on critical professional development skills to enable students to connect their education to experiential learning opportunities and post-graduation goals. Students will become aware of industry trends relating to job opportunities, current job search techniques, personal branding strategies, the value of developing a well-connected network, and how to deliver flawless documents to targeted organizations. The course will combine the theories on professional development with real-life applications through assignments and participation in professional events to allow students to see themselves as a professional, rather than just a student. At the end of the course, students will understand the importance of demonstrating these professional skills throughout their collegiate experience (e.g. dressing professionally for presentations, developing quality resumes and cover letters, networking with alumni and guests, etc.) 

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Fall, Spring

How Offered: Face-to-Face

Restrictions: Sophomore standing

Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: None

BUS 202 - Descriptive and Predictive Analytics

This course explains what happened and what will happen in business organizations using basic statistical methods relevant to descriptive and predictive analytics. The availability of massive amounts of data and technologies to process these data enables business organiza­tions to use analytical approaches to decision-making. Descriptive analytics is the use of data to find out what has happened in the past or is currently happening; statistical techniques include descriptive statistics and visualization. Predictive analytics is the use of data to find out what could happen in the future; statistical techniques include regression analysis. This course will cover these techniques, descriptive statistics, visualization, and regression analysis, with emphasis on problem-solving and decision-making. This course will also cover probability, probability distributions, and statistical infer­ence. Students will perform data analysis using statistical software packages.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

How Offered: Face-to-Face

Prerequisites: MTH 114; CSC course recommended as a pre-requisite but may be taken concurrently

BUS 203 - Organizational Behavior and Skill Development

This course examines the behavior of individuals and groups in organizations, with the goal of understanding performance in the new workplace. It is designed to enhance the career potential of people with management and team leadership responsibilities in all areas of business. Topics include: motivation, theories and practice of leadership, individual and group decision making, conflict resolution, communication, international aspects of organizational behavior, perception, individuality, working in groups and teams, and ethical issues of organizational life. The course also emphasizes interactive and experiential learning to demonstrate the issues of organizational behavior. Through active participation, students will develop skills in leadership, communication, negotiation, teamwork, and group decisionmaking. Career awareness and skill assessment will be done through brief lectures, personal inventories, and career planning experiences.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

How Offered: Face-to-Face

Prerequisites: sophomore standing

BUS 204 - Principles of Marketing with Applications

An overview of marketing concepts and principles applicable to business and other organizations. These include: factors influencing the marketing environment and buyer behavior; market segmentation and targeting; product development, pricing, promotion and distribution to satisfy the needs of selected target markets. Approximately one-third of the course is dedicated to planning and to applying marketing-based concepts to profit and non-profit enterprise situations.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

How Offered: Face-to-Face

BUS 205 - Business Systems for Analytics

This course studies how business systems work and examines challenges confronting business organizations in the information age and beyond. One major challenge is to efficiently and effectively use three most important organizational resources, information, technology, and people, to provide service and value. To meet this challenge, the course studies business systems and strategies that organizations can utilize to organize data into information and synthesize information into knowledge. The course examines design and development of relational database management systems using Microsoft Access (structured query language), decision support systems using Microsoft Excel (what-if analysis, pivot tables, and decision tree analysis), enterprise information systems using SAP (ERPsim), and web-based systems using Google Analytics. The concepts, models, and frameworks are derived from both academic and professional sources.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

How Offered: Face-to-Face, Online

Prerequisites: CSC 155

BUS 206 - Financial Markets and Institutions: Principles and Applications

An introduction to the basics of institutional finance. Financial instruments are generated and traded by participants in financial markets with financial intermediaries facilitating the process. Concepts, terminology, and current practices in each of these areas are examined, along with the impact they have on the economy. Students work on “mini cases” which employ actual data to help better understand the principles examined in the course. 

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

How Offered: Face-to-Face

Prerequisites: BUS 101

BUS 208 - Fundamentals of Financial Management

An introduction to the major concepts and techniques of financial management with an emphasis on time value of money, security valuation, cost of capital, capital budgeting, and financial statement analysis. 

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Fall, Spring

How Offered: Face-to-Face

Prerequisites: BUS 101, BUS 102, MTH 114, CSC 155

A study of the American legal system exploring how courts decide cases and the values that play a role in such adjudication. The nature, formation, and application of law to individuals and business. The development of law, with emphasis on the Constitution, personal and business torts, the employment relationship, discrimination, international legal perspectives, and an exploration of legal ethics and the ethics of corporations.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

How Offered: Face-to-Face, Online

Prerequisites: sophomore standing

BUS 304 - Prescriptive Analytics

In this course students learn how to run business operations effi­ciently and effectively using prescriptive analytics tools and tech­niques in managerial decision making. The course introduces stu­dents to several quantitative models used in contemporary analyt­ics. Analysis of business scenarios using computer software allows a focus on the conceptual understanding of prescriptive models. Pre­scriptive topics covered include: decision analysis, Bayesians anal­ysis, stochastic and deterministic forecasting, inventory manage­ment, linear programming and optimization, simulation, and project management.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

How Offered: Face-to-Face

Prerequisites: MTH 114, BUS 202, AND BUS 205

BUS 400 - Business Strategy

This is the capstone course for Business majors. It takes the perspective of company’s senior management, who are tasked with building and sustaining a competitive advantage for the firm. It explores how the functions of the business are continuously shaped in response to the company’s internal and external environments. The course includes industry analysis, company and competitor assessment, approaches to strategy formulation and implementation, and business ethics.  

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Fall, Spring

How Offered: Face-to-Face

Prerequisites: senior standing

ECN 201 - Introductory Microeconomics: Business Firm and Market Analysis I

This course explores many issues pertaining to the operation of businesses and the markets in which they operate. Among these are the behavior of consumers, the determinants of prices and production levels, and the efficiency of market outcomes. As time allows, the course applies economic thinking to issues like economic inequality, environmental concerns, international trade, and firms with monopoly power.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

How Offered: Face-to-Face

Prerequisites: ECN 150