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2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Global Business Studies Major, B.A.

All candidates for a Bachelor of Arts degree in Global Business Studies must satisfy the General Studies requirements, Global Business Studies Major requirements, and Minor area requirements described in the following sections. The basic structure of the B.A. in Global Business Studies program is:

B.A. Global Business Studies Requirements
Required Courses Semester Hours
General Studies 33-34
Major in Global Business Studies 57-59
Minor 18-24
Unrestricted General Electives* 3-12
Total Hours (minimum) 120

*Unrestricted general elective credits will vary depending on the choice of Minor. Total unrestricted general electives must be sufficient for the student to meet MSU Denver's minimum required 120 semester hours.

Note: MSU Denver's Multicultural requirement may be satisfied by taking an approved Multicultural course in the General Studies or the unrestricted general electives portion of the program requirements.

General Studies

The academic foundation for a successful business career or graduate work is a broad liberal arts education.

Written Communication

  • Written Communication electives

Oral Communication

Quantitative Literacy

Arts and Humanities

  • Arts and Humanities Elective Credits: 6


  • Historical Elective Credits: 3

Natural and Physical Sciences

  • Natural and Physical Sciences Electives Credits: 6

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Global Diversity

Students may satisfy the Global Diversity requirement by completing any course designated as Global Diversity. Students may also use an unrestricted general elective to satisfy this requirement.

Total for General Studies Requirements: 33-34 credits

Global Business Studies Major Requirements

The Bachelor of Arts in Global Business Studies prepares students with multiple cultural perspectives along with foundational knowledge of how a global business operates. Upon graduation, students will be prepared for jobs with non-profits, NGOs, trade specialists, businesses engaged in international trade, and international commerce-related government jobs.

The Global Business Studies Major requirements consist of eleven required business courses (33 credit hours), seven global cultural perspective courses (21 credit hours), and one course (3 credit hours) chosen from an international business-focused internship, a business study abroad course, or foreign language. A minimum grade of “C-” or better is required in all Global Business Studies Major courses. Students will also complete a minor of their choosing.

Required Global Cultural Perspectives Courses

Additional Requirements

Select one of the following:


To earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Global Business Studies, a student must successfully complete 30 or more credit hours of business coursework at MSU Denver. This 30-hour residency requirement can be met by completing any business courses with the prefix ACC, ACCM, BNK, BUS, CIS, ECO, FIN, MGT and MKT and a course number of 2000 or higher. A student must complete at least twelve (12) upper-division semester hours in business courses at MSU Denver.

A grade of “C-” or better must be earned in each Global Business Studies Major course in order to have that course count toward the Bachelor of Arts degree in Global Business Studies.