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INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MAJOR

International business has dramatically increased in the past two decades due to innovation in information technology, communications, transportation, as well as lower trade barriers. As a result, companies are seeking individuals who not only have strong business skills, but who are comfortable in international settings and understand the complexities of the global marketplace.

The international business program at Saint Anselm College offers a distinctive liberal arts foundation complemented by a business core with internationally focused business courses. This combination helps students gain business knowledge and a broad-based global awareness and understanding required to work effectively in varied environments with a diverse workforce.

The international business major leads students to integrate knowledge of international finance, management, marketing, and other business processes, as conducted in the complex domain of international business. A semester-long study abroad or an internship with a foreign company is strongly recommended but not required.

Saint Anselm international business major graduates are prepared to pursue careers in a number of areas such as:

  • Domestic and foreign corporations
  • Multinational service firms
  • Global small and medium enterprises
  • Domestic and foreign financial institutions
  • International marketing firms
  • International real estate firms
  • International trade firms
  • Contracting and consulting firms

International business majors must take 11 courses for the major:

  • EC141 Principles of Micro-economics
  • EC142 Principles of Macro-economics
  • BU121 Business Statistics
  • AC111 Financial Accounting
  • BU221 Human Resource Management
  • FI261 Financial Management
  • BU322 International Business Management
  • BU333 International Marketing
  • FI363 International Financial Management

One international business elective from:

  • EC247 International Economics
  • BU421 Special Topics in International Business (either International Human Resource Management; International Trade and Competitiveness or Emerging and Developing Markets)
One international elective from:
  • PO214 International Law
  • PO224 International Organization: Global Governance and the UN System
  • PO330 The Politics of Rich and Poor States
  • PO365 Globalism and Nationalism
  • GR321 Business German (or any Business Language course)

Typical Course Sequence for international business majors:

Freshman Year:

Conversatio I Conversatio II
Freshman English (or Science) Freshman English (or Science)
Language Language
Microeconomics Macroeconomics


Sophomore Year:

International business majors take Business Statistics, Financial Accounting and Financial Management and Human Resource Management. Depending on their initial placement they will finish their language requirement this semester. Their remaining courses will be core requirements, electives or courses for a minor or double major.

Junior Year:

International business majors take International Business Management and International Financial Management (offered every other year), the international business elective and the international elective. Their remaining courses will be core requirements, electives or courses for a minor or double major, and internship(s). One semester or a full year of study abroad is strongly encouraged for this year.

Senior Year:

International business majors will take International Financial Management if it was not taken junior year. Their remaining courses will be core requirements, electives or courses for a minor or double major, and internship(s).