International Business (B.S. or B.A. in Business Administration)

Steve Lawton, International Business Option Coordinator, 541-737-2158 or lawtons@bus.oregonstate.edu.

Carol Leder, International Exchange Program Advisor, 541-737-3716 or leder@bus.oregonstate.edu


Overview

The International Business Option prepares students for management positions in organizations engaged in international trade.  Areas of greatest opportunity for overseas assignments are with service organizations such as banks, consulting firms and accounting firms; with import/export firms; with governmental organizations; and in marketing and financial management areas of multinational firms.

A career in International Business can lead to exciting and rewarding opportunities abroad. Most multinational business firms, however, hire new employees first for domestic assignments in order to provide them with a thorough knowledge of the firm, its products, and its policies, or for specific assignments in one of the functional areas of the business, before providing overseas opportunities.


Curriculum

The international business option is designed to give students an increased awareness of the economic, political, geographical, and socio-cultural factors which impact doing business across national boundaries. 

Because the majority of employees who eventually hold high-level positions in international business start in such entry-level areas as finance, marketing, and accounting, all international business students must also complete requirements for a secondary discipline within business, i.e. in finance, accounting, marketing, management, information systems (BIS/MIS) or entrepreneurship. Requirements for the International Business option are satisfied by studying overseas for one term on one of ten College of Business international exchange programs. For more information on these programs go here.

Your freshman through junior years will be largely confined to completing the OSU baccalaureate core and the Business Core (see Requirements.)  These courses are required of all Business students. Your junior and senior year will involve taking classes in your primary discipline and/or other core requirements.  Your international exchange will take place during one term of your senior year, typically in the fall.  Participating in an international exchange will expand your international business understanding beyond the classroom and can increase your opportunities of finding a job after graduation.  You'll come away with an increased global awareness, in addition to new life-long friends and professional contacts.