Carlson School of Management

International Business

The international business major provides students with a rigorous foundation for success in today's global business environment. Recognizing that career placement and early stage career success depends on strong skills (e.g. accounting, marketing, finance, human resources, operations, information systems, or entrepreneurship), the international business major must be combined with another major in Carlson. The international business major enhances the student's chosen other major with a comprehensive understanding of the additional complexity and contingencies required when conducting business across international borders.

View a full 4-year catalog of program requirements and course descriptions.

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Major Requirements:

I. Language Study Requirement

At least two college years (four semesters) of a foreign language (or equivalent).

II. Carlson International Business Foundations: 3 Courses

A) MGMT 3040: 2 Credits; The International Environment of Business (must be taken at the Carlson School)

B) Choose TWO of the following:
(1-2 courses may be double-dipped for the primary major and the IB major)

Course Credits Title & Additional Information
MGMT 3900 3 International Business Communication
ACCT 5310 2 International Accounting
FINA 4621 2 The Global Economy
FINA 4622 2 International Finance
MKTG 4080W 4 Marketing Strategy - Taking a Global Perspective
MKTG 4092H 2 Globalization, Culture & Brands
IBUS 4090 4 Corporate Strategy in Central and Eastern Europe
IBUS 4080 4 Life Science in South Africa - An International Business Perspective
IBUS 4082W 4 Brand Management in Italy
IBUS 3010 4 Global Entrepreneurship in China
IBUS 4050 4 Managing Innovation & Change - Sustainability in Brazil
IBUS 4010 3 Management of Technology in the Middle East
IBUS 3080 4 Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility in Costa Rica

III. INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENT BREADTH: 2 Courses

Choose ONE International Political Economy (IPE) Survey Course:

Course Credits Title & Additional Information
POL 3410 3 Topics in Comparative Politics: Intro to Political Economy
POL 3835 3 International Relations
POL 3872W 4 Global Environmental Cooperation
POL 4481 3 Governments & Markets
ECON 4401 3 International Economics
ECON 4307 3 Comparative Economic Systems
APEC 3007 3 Applied Macroeconomics: Policy, Trade, Development
APEC 5751 3 Global Trade & Policy
GEOG 3331 4 Geography of the World Economy
GLOS 3415 3 Global Institutions of Power: World Bank, IMF, and WTO
HIST 3419 3 History of Capitalism: Uneven Development Since 1500

Choose ONE Socio-Cultural (S-C) Survey Course:

Course Credits Title & Additional Information
GEOG 3379/GLOS 3303 3 Environment & Development in the Third World
GLOS 3602 3 Other Worlds: Globalization and Culture
GLOS 3701W/GEOG 3381W 4 Population in an Interacting World
GLOS 4221/SOC 4321 3 Sociology of Globalization: Culture, Norms, and Organization
AMST 4301 3 Workers and Consumers in the Global Economy
ANTH 3003/GLOS 3003 3 Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 4031W 4 Anthropology & Social Justice
ANTH 4053 3 Economy, Culture & Critique
ANTH 4065 3 The Anthropology of Development
ANTH 4121 2 Business Anthropology
POL 3873W 3 Global Citizenship and International Ethics
SPAN 3105W 3 Introduction to the Study of Hispanic Cultures

Students may choose to use internship credits from their semester abroad program in this section. The internship must have an academic, credit-bearing component.

IV. INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT DEPTH: 2 Courses

Students may choose to use a 3xxx business level language course taken at the University of Minnesota or abroad as one of their depth classes. Classes chosen should align with your primary major or the country of your study abroad. These courses satisfying the IB Depth requirements may not be double dipped with the Business Foundations.

Course Credits Title & Additional Information
ACCT 5310 2 International Accounting
FINA 4621 2 The Global Economy
FINA 4622 2 International Finance
MKTG 4080W 4 Marketing Strategy: Taking a Global Perspective
MKTG 4092H 2 Globalization, Culture & Brands
POL 3477 3 - 4 Political Development
GLOS 3415 3 Global Institutions of Power: World Bank, IMF, & WTO
MGMT 3900 3 International Business Communication
GEOG 3378 3 The Third World: Development, Poverty, Possibility
PA 4414 3 Child Labor and Education
HIST 3468 3 Social Change in Modern China
POL 4481 3 Governments and Markets
PSY 3301 3 Cultural Psychology
ANTH 3023 3 Culture and Society of India
GEOG 3379/GLOS 3303 3 Environment and Development in the Third World
OLPD 3380 3 Developing Intercultural Competence
MM 3001 3 Manufacturing in a Global Economy
MM 4035 3 Global Supply Chain Technology
PORT 3603W 3 Portuguese-Speaking Cultures in Translation
GEOG 3161 3 Europe: A Geographic Perspective

V. MGMT 4500

MGMT 4500; 2 credits; Senior Seminar in International Business

VI. INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENT

CHOOSE BETWEEN:

A) A study abroad program of at least one full semester in length.

- OR -

B) An international experience that meets the Carlson School's requirement of all students plus an internship with an international organization. Students completing an approved international internship will need to register for a one credit independent study course. Please speak with your advisor for further information.

International Business Minor: 12 - 16 credits

I. Carlson International Business Foundations: 3 Courses

A) MGMT 3040: 2 Credits; The International Environment of Business (must be taken at the Carlson School)

B) Choose TWO of the following:
(1-2 courses may be double-dipped for the primary major and the IB major)

Course Credits Title & Additional Information
MGMT 3900 3 International Business Communication
ACCT 5310 2 International Accounting
FINA 4621 2 The Global Economy
FINA 4622 2 International Finance
MKTG 4080W 4 Marketing Strategy - Taking a Global Perspective
MKTG 4092H 2 Globalization, Culture & Brands
IBUS 4090 4 Corporate Strategy in Central and Eastern Europe
IBUS 4080 4 Life Science in South Africa - An International Business Perspective
IBUS 4082W 4 Brand Management in Italy
IBUS 3010 4 Global Entrepreneurship in China
IBUS 4050 4 Managing Innovation & Change - Sustainability in Brazil
IBUS 4010 3 Management of Technology in the Middle East
IBUS 3080 4 Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility in Costa Rica
MGMT 4500 2 Senior Seminar in International Business

II. International Environment Breadth: 2 Courses

Students may choose to use a depth course from the International Business co-major for one requirement in this section. A student may choose one depth and one breadth, or two breadth. Business language courses are not an option for the IB minor as a depth offering.

Choose ONE international Political Economy (IPE) Survey course:

Course Credits Title & Additional Information
POL 3410 3 Topics in Comparative Politics: Intro to Political Economy
POL 3835 3 International Relations
POL 3872W 4 Global Environmental Cooperation
POL 4481 3 Governments & Markets
ECON 4401 3 International Economics
ECON 4307 3 Comparative Economic Systems
APEC 3007 3 Applied Macroeconomics: Policy, Trade, Development
APEC 5751 3 Global Trade & Policy
GEOG 3331 4 Geography of the World Economy
GLOS 3415 3 Global Institutions of Power: World Bank, IMF, and WTO
HIST 3419 3 History of Capitalism: Uneven Development Since 1500

Choose ONE Socio-Cultural (S-C) Survey course:

Course Credits Title & Additional Information
GEOG 3379/GLOS 3303 3 Environment & Development in the Third World
GLOS 3602 3 Other Worlds: Globalization and Culture
GLOS 3701W/GEOG 3381W 4 Population in an Interacting World
GLOS 4221/SOC 4321 3 Sociology of Globalization: Culture, Norms, and Organization
AMST 4301 3 Workers and Consumers in the Global Economy
ANTH 3003/GLOS 3003 3 Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 4031W 4 Anthropology & Social Justice
ANTH 4053 3 Economy, Culture & Critique
ANTH 4065 3 The Anthropology of Development
ANTH 4121 2 Business Anthropology
POL 3873W 3 Global Citizenship and International Ethics
SPAN 3105W 3 Introduction to the Study of Hispanic Cultures

Students may choose to use internship credit from their semester abroad program in this section. The internship must have an academic, credit-bearing component.

III. International Experience Requirement

An international experience that meets the Carlson School requirements of all students will fulfill the minor requirement.

IV. Language Study Requirement

Additional language beyond high school is highly recommended, but not required for the minor.

A career in international business involves thinking globally about the business environment. Professionals usually need to understand international economics and be sensitive to cultural differences when going about their day to day work. International business primarily deals with managing multinational business and turning local and national companies into international success stories.

Sample Careers for International Business Majors:

  • Customs Broker
  • Export Sales Representative
  • Foreign Affairs Specialist
  • Global Sourcing Specialist
  • International Account Representative
  • International Buyer
  • Financial Analyst
  • International Consultant
  • Product Manager
  • International Trader/Broker
  • Bilingual Educator

Companies that Hire International Business Majors

There are many different types of companies that hire international business majors. Typical companies include most multinational companies, US companies with an international presence or companies that do business outside of the US.

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Student Organizations

Student organizations that may interest you:
GLOBE

International Business Association

Study Abroad

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Carlson Global Institute

Learning Abroad Center

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