International Business Major

Department Chair: Karl Boedecker, J.D., Ph.D

It is essential that the business administration student of today — the manager or entrepreneur of tomorrow — be fully aware of the global nature of the modern business environment. No student graduating from this program can afford to be insulated from the significant impact that the 21st century global economy will have upon their lives and careers.

All functions and aspects of business have globalized – from marketing and law to finance, and from alternative business models to management practices. Yet there is also the local dimension of globalization which stems from the emerging patterns and trends in business policies and practices that increasingly expose all participants, regardless of size, industry or service, to competition on a global scale.

The objectives of the International Business major are to offer students a business education from a global perspective; to understand how differences in political, economic, regulatory, social, cultural, and demographic factors affect business operations; and, to identify appropriate business strategies in a global economy. International Business students are strongly encouraged to gain international experience by participating in an approved Study Abroad program or International Study Tour.


Program Learning Outcomes

  • Understand how the external environments in which firms operate differ among countries and regions with respect to political, economic, regulatory, social, cultural, and demographic factors; and, how such differences affect the ways in which business is conducted.
  • Develop the capacity to evaluate alternative business strategies for conducting business in the global marketplace.
  • Identify and define issues of social justice in the global marketplace.

Curriculum Overview

The McLaren School of Management continually updates its curriculum to satisfy the latest AACSB requirements and to assure that its students receive the full experience of studying at an excellent liberal arts and sciences university. Recognizing our students as individuals with unique interests and talents, the faculty have designed the business curriculum to support the focus and breadth each individual student requires. Course requirements are divided into the following areas:

  1. University Core Curriculum
  2. General Electives
  3. Business Core Curriculum and Foundation Coursework
  4. Major Courses


International Business majors must complete BUS 401 Strategic Management for their Senior Capstone core requirement. Proficiency in a foreign language as a second language or through the third semester of foreign language coursework is required.


  • Proficiency in a second language is required. Proficiency can be demonstrated either through a test taken through the Foreign Languages Department -OR- through completion of the third semester of a foreign language. Only one semester (the third semester or above) of a foreign language can be applied as an International Business elective.






Contact Info

Admission: Undergraduate

Monday–Friday 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. and Saturdays by appointment

University of San Francisco
Main Campus
Lone Mountain, Second Floor
2130 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 422-6563