International Business Concentration

General Information

Department Office Phone
School of Global Innovation and Leadership BT 450 (408) 924-6880

The concentration prepares students for research and administrative positions with organizations engaged in conducting, regulating or monitoring business operations across national borders. Attention is focused on international economics and environmental variables in foreign countries that influence the practice of overseas accounting, management, marketing, finance, and human resource management. Multinational corporations are examined by structure, function, and role as economic and social change agents. Multidisciplinary area studies are integral elements providing for analysis of the obstacles and incentives to foreign direct investment in world regions and specific countries. A minor in Area Studies or an approved foreign language is required. It is highly recommended that U.S. students majoring in this area try to arrange at least one semester of study outside the U.S.

Study abroad will be required of all students that enter CSU or a community college in fall 2009 or later and intend to graduate from SJSU with an international business concentration. Those who attended a California community college or CSU prior to fall 2009 and have maintained continuous enrollment are NOT held to the study-abroad requirement.

please check Study Abroad Requirement(pdf) for more details


Course type Units
General Education: 48-51 units
Business Pool: 12 units (6 of these units fulfill Core GE requirements)
Business Prerequisites : 12 units (3 units fulfill Core GE requirements, 3 units fulfill SJSU Studies)
Lower-Division Business Core: 7-10 units
Upper-Division Business Core: 27 units (3 units fulfill SJSU Studies)
International BUS Concentration: 12 units
Area Studies Minor: 15 units
Foreign Language Requirement: 0-10 units
Electives: Units needed to reach 120 and fulfill all requirements


A 2.0 (C average) is required in the major in order to earn the BS degree. The cumulative GPA for all business courses must be 2.0 or better to graduate.

International Business Concentration (27-29 Units)

Required Concentration Courses (12 units):

One of the following:


Required Area Studies Minor (15 units) or Foreign Language Minor (15-17 units, see enclosed info.) or Functioning Track option (15 units, see enclosed info.)

Important: Area electives are to be chosen from the Area Studies Minor Sheet in consultation with the Area Studies Advisor, Professor B. Reynolds (History Department), DMH 140, 924-5523.

Foreign Language Requirement

(Choose one of the following alternatives):

  • Complete two semesters (6-10 units) of a foreign language. (Proficiency exam will be required by Dept.)
  • Demonstrate an acceptable level of competence on a foreign language proficiency exam. (Administered by SJSU Foreign Language Department.)
  • Complete at least one academic year of study in a non-English speaking foreign country.
  • Minor in a foreign language.

* Foreign Language proficiency must be documented by the Foreign Language Department, Clark Hall 421, 924-4602.

* The Study Abroad Office, CL 543, coordinates study in other countries. The phone number is 924-5931.

** As of fall 2004, all required core concentration courses require grades of “C-“ or better. A cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required in all business courses in order to graduate.

Business Pool

Freshmen admitted in fall 2010 or later must complete MATH 71 with a grade of C or better. Transfer students and Freshmen admitted prior to fall 2010 complete MATH 70, Finite Math with grade of C or better.

Pool courses require grades of C or better as of fall 2009; C- or better prior to fall 2009.

Non-Business Support Courses

Lower Division Business Core

Upper Division Business Core

General Education (48-51 Units)

Core GE

Section Course name Units
A Basic Skills 9
B4 Math Concepts (Math 71) 9
B Science (including lab) 6
C Humanities & Arts 9
D Social Science* 9
E Human Understanding & Dev. 3
F1 American History**  
F2&3 US Constitution & CA Government**                       Physical Education (2 separate & distinct activities)  


SJSU Studies (Requires passing the WST)

Section Course name Units
S Self & Society (Phil 186) 3
R Earth & Environment 3
V Culture & Civilization (See Non Business Global above) 3
Z Written Communication II (100W)                         (Requires a C or better) 3

*   Econ 1B fulfills area D1 for Business majors
** Areas F1,F2 & F3 may also fulfill Areas D2 & D3 (See BSAC advisor for details)

Interdisciplinary Electives (See a BSAC advisor for details)

Total Unit Requirement - 120 Units

International Business Concentration
Department of Organization and Management
BT 650
(408) 924-3550

In lieu of completing an Area Studies or Foreign Language Minor, students in this concentration may complete a “track” of functional business courses. The courses are listed below and students must select ONE track.

Please note that courses listed in bold next to the titles are prerequisites that must be completed or in-progress to have Advanced Registration access to the “track” courses.

Entrepreneurship (15 units):

Finance (15 units):

Marketing (15 units):

Five courses (15 units) are required. If any of the international marketing courses are used in the required concentration coursework, 5 courses must be separate and distinct.

*Cannot be used in both required IB concentration courses and Marketing Track.

Management Information Systems (15 units):

Additional information:

Please note that there are various lower-division courses also listed as prerequisites in the university catalog and instructors may hold students to them if they so choose (e.g. BUS 92 for BUS 110A). Students opting for the MIS track may have to add these courses at the beginning of each semester due to the fact that they are tied to the MIS major for registration purposes.