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

International Business Major, B.S.

All candidates for a Bachelor of Science degree in International Business must satisfy the General Studies, College of Business, Business Core, International Business Major, and Business Focus Area requirements described in the following sections. The basic structure of the B.S. in International Business is:

B.S. International Business Requirements
Required Courses Semester Hours
General Studies 34
College of Business Requirements 6
Business Core 36
Major in International Business 18-20
Business Focus Area 12
Unrestricted General Electives* 12-14
Total Hours (minimum) 120

*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 Requirements

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

Written Communication

  • Choose any Approved

Oral Communication

Arts and Humanities

  • Arts and Humanities electives


  • Historical Elective Credits: 3 (History course meeting the Global Diversity requirement recommended)

Natural and Physical Sciences

Global Diversity

Students may satisfy the Global Diversity requirement by completing any course designated as Global Diversity, but it is recommended that students take this course under the Historical or Natural and Physical Sciences category. Students may also use an unrestricted general elective to satisfy this requirement.

Total for General Studies Requirements: 34 credits

College of Business Requirements

Business Core

All business majors require foundation course work in all significant areas of business theory and practice. A grade of “C-” or better must be earned in each business core course to have that course count toward the Bachelor of Science degree in International Business. A student cannot register for a business core course until all General Studies requirements in Written Communication, Oral Communication, and Quantitative Literacy are complete.

International Business Major Requirements

The Bachelor of Science in International Business prepares students with an understanding of global business and knowledge in a functional area of business. Upon graduation, students will be prepared to apply for job positions in companies that are engaged in international trade. The International Business Major requirements consist of five required courses (15 credit hours) and one course (3 credit hours) chosen from an international business-focused internship, a business study abroad course, or a foreign language course. A minimum grade of “C-” or better is required in all International Business Major courses.

Additional Requirements

Select one of the following:

Business Focus Area Requirements

International Business majors are required to take a minimum of 12 credit hours of upper-division coursework within one of the six business disciplines. Four upper-division courses should be selected from one of the following prefixes: ACC, CIS, ECO, FIN, MGT or MKT.

Total for Business Focus Area Requirements: 12 credits


To earn a Bachelor of Science degree in International Business, 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 business semester hours at MSU Denver.

MSU Denver requires that students successfully complete forty (40) or more credit hours of upper-division coursework.

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