Concentrate in International Business

In today's increasingly global world, more and more companies are forced to engage in international operations in order to stay competitive. By completing the International Business concentration, you will understand the advantages and challenges of doing business globally. You also will learn to operate in different cultural, political and economic environments. Students can earn a bachelor's degree in four years by utilizing a mix of in person and online courses. Graduates are prepared for a career in international banking and finance, overseas sales or purchasing, government regulation of international trade or as a consultant. The possibilities are endless!
Career Forecast Growing OutlookProjected Job Growth 7%hybrid

BBA in International Business

The international business curriculum is designed to equip you with skills that are suitable for employment in international and global enterprises. Our small classes sizes allow for personal attention to every student. All faculty teaching in the program have experience living and working abroad. And, our students receive a quality education at an affordable price. But the advantages offered by Washburn don't stop there!

  • Washburn School of Business is well connected with institutions and businesses around the world, allowing for ample study abroad opportunities and meaningful hands-on experiences. China, Belgium and Brazil are just a few of your choices!
  • Faculty-led courses with internship-like activities allow you to interact and collaborate with peers from around the world while solving real problems for real international businesses.
  • Generous financial support from multiple sources enables students to travel and study abroad.
  • Students have the option to participate in international competitions (business plan, case analysis and business simulation) where they interact and compete with peers from other continents. We have quite a few success stories to share!
  • Earn Global Business Professional certification and accelerate your career growth!

WU graduate Mariana Yoshita

Mariana's Story

Mariana Yoshita, bba ’16, was drawn to Washburn University in 2013 because of its small class sizes, tight-knit campus community and the outstanding reputation of the School of Business. Upon graduating, she had the opportunity to move to Germany to work for a multinational corporation. Driven by her passion, she left that job after three years and now travels the world to volunteer and inspire others. 

Yoshita is a world traveler by heart, a Brazilian citizen by passport, a proud Washburn alumna, and has already visited 34 countries and counting.

“My experience at Washburn University was exceptional. It was just the start of my international business career."

- Mariana Yoshita, BBA 2016

Admissions & Advising

Washburn faculty and staff are ready to help you plan your educational journey. Whether you are a freshman and starting out or an upperclassman who needs an advisor, we are prepared to answer your questions and continue to provide support.

Students are eligible for admission to the School of Business after completing seven lower-division courses. Learn about the three steps required for declaration of major, application and admission.

Freshmen and students new to the School of Business should visit with Amber Ybarra initially for help in determining their degree track. Sophomores, juniors and seniors may choose a faculty member advisor.  Regularly working with your advisor ensures the best use of elective courses and the quickest, most efficient route to graduation.

Determining the correct catalog year is very important when using our advising literature.  Catalog years dictate the requirements of your degree program and can change from year to year.  These requirements will remain in force for up to seven years, or until the student decides to choose a newer catalog year.  Sometimes it makes sense for a student to choose a newer catalog, while other times it’s more advantageous to use the older catalog.  Regularly working with your advisor ensures you are following the right degree track.

The following courses are required for the Interna­tional Business concentration:

  • BU356 Cross-Cultural Management
  • BU368 International Marketing
  • BU457 Multinational Enterprise Practices
  • EC410 International Economics or BU477 International Finance
  • Twelve additional upper-division elective hours in ac­counting, business, or economics
  • One of the following:
    • BU406 International Business and Entrepreneurship Experience *
    • At least three credit hours earned through a university-approved study abroad or an international internship *
    • Six credit hours of course work in one of the modern foreign languages at the intermediate level or above

* Credits earned may be counted to fulfill the twelve additional upper-division elective hours in accounting, business, or economics requirement.  However, that courses taken to fulfill the requirements of the International Business concentration cannot be used to simultaneously meet the Global Dynamics Requirement (GDR) for the BBA degree. Therefore, a student seeking a BBA degree with a concentration in International Business will have to take the total of five courses with international content. While most students will use BU 355 to meet the GDR, students who have already met the GDR by taking EC 410 or BU 477 will be required to take either the other course or BU 355.

By the Numbers

CAREER FORECAST: growing outlook
Business management and consulting occupations are expected to grow 7% through 2029, which is more than double the rate for all other occupations. Given the ongoing trend toward globalization, those with a degree in international business should experience excellent employment opportunities. (source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics)

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School of Business
Henderson Room 114
1700 SW College Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621

Phone & Email
Ph: 785.670.1308
Fax: 785-670-1063

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