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It’s been a long time since trade was limited by borders, but the 21st century has seen accelerated international business growth.

Rapid developments in communication technology, the opening of global borders, and strong support from the World Trade Organization have raised the demand for employees with global business skills as multi-national companies reach across continents in search of growth opportunities.

CSU Global’s International Business Specialization prepares students for international career opportunities with multinational industries and organizations, and is available to students in all undergraduate programs.



This program consists of five lower-division, online Intelligence and Homeland Security courses, for a total of 15 credit hours:

  • MGT305 Introduction to International Business
    This is an introductory course in international business, focusing on how American firms function in sociocultural, demographic, political, legal, economic, and technological environments outside of the United States. A special emphasis on the influence of culture on business decisionmaking will be researched and analyzed. This course creates the foundation to study more international dynamics of various functional areas, such as accounting/finance, economics, management, and marketing.
  • MGT405 Management in the Global Economy
    An analysis of the social, political, technological and economic factors that influence practices and decisions in an international/global organization. Included is the analysis of the scope of expansion and appropriate operations in the international marketplace. (This course is also offered through CBE. Credits earned using this option will appear on transcripts with an “EX” suffix.) This course was formerly ECN405.
  • ECN410 Comparative Economics and Global Business 1800 to Present
    This course focuses on the history of business, technology, and innovation from 1800 to the present. Major topics include ethics, culture, industrial revolution, technology and innovation, government and the impact of business practices across time and the globe. (This course is also offered through CBE. Credits earned using this option will appear on transcripts with an “EX” suffix.)
  • MKG400* International and Multi-Cultural Marketing
    This course provides a conceptual framework for marketing internationally using both traditional and digital marketing methods. Students explore development of international marketing programs, as well as the various macroenvironmental factors that affect decision-making in an international setting. Additionally, a multi-cultural view of marketing will look at differences across diverse consumer segments to influence future consumption. (This course is also offered through CBE. Credits earned using this option will appear on transcripts with an “EX” suffix.)
  • COM315* Intercultural Communication
    This course explores issues related to intercultural communication, including various theoretical and practical aspects of how culture influences communication. We will consider the important roles of context (social, cultural, and historical) in intercultural interactions. By applying and considering various approaches to the study of intercultural communication, we will also come to appreciate the complexity and dialectical tensions involved in intercultural interactions. The course will also apply intercultural communication theories to practical situations (organizations, relationships, business, etc.). This learning process should enhance self-reflection, flexibility, and sensitivity in intercultural communication.

* Marketing Majors substitute HRM470 for MKG400. Communications majors substitute HRM470 for COM315. Business Management majors substitute HRM470 for MGT405 (formerly ECN405).


A specialization in International Business pairs well with the following:

Why You Should Consider an Undergraduate Specialization

When you earn your bachelor’s degree through CSU Global, you can customize your degree to meet your professional goals and personal interests. With just five additional, lower-division courses, you can earn a specialization along with your bachelor’s degree. Similar to a minor, or degree concentration, an undergraduate specialization lets you explore a second area of interest. Provide proof that you’re dedicated and invested in the career you want with additional skills in the field.

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