International Business

Undergraduate Programs


International Business prepares students to manage business and/or business operations with a global mindset. A global mindset involves a multifaceted approach to understanding cultural differences, political and governing bodies, and financial variances found in the international marketplace. 


Program Locations Total Credits
International Business BS BS - Bachelor of Science
  • Mankato
  • Online


Program Locations Total Credits
International Business Minor 18

Policies & Faculty


Admission to the International Business Major  Admission to the International Business major in the College of Business typically occurs at the beginning of the student’s sophomore year. Multiple criteria will be considered for admission to the International Business major. Admission is competitive; meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. Deadlines for application are: October 1 for Spring Semester and March 1 for Fall Semester.

Criteria Considered for Admission to the International Business Major

  1. Minimum cumulative (including Transfer) Grade Point Average of 2.5.
  2. Completion of the following courses with a minimum grade of C (2.0): IT 101, MATH 130, ACCT 200,  BUS 295, ECON 201.

Requirements for the International Business Minor

  1. Students must be admitted to a major at Minnesota State Mankato, and
  2. Students must have a cummulative GPA of 2.0 or higher when starting the International Business minor.

Academic Advising. Students will initially receive their advising from the professional advisors in the College of Business Student Center. When a student applies to the College of Business (which is done during BUS 295), he/she will be assigned a faculty advisor in the major area of study. Questions regarding the assignment of advisors can be answered in the College of Business Advising Center, 151 Morris Hall, 389-2963.

College of Business Policies

Students who are business minors, non-business majors or those who are not seeking a four-year degree may take up to 24 credits in the College of Business.

Students must be admitted to a major to take upper division (300/400) courses in the College of Business.

Students must be admitted to the College of Business major to be granted a Bachelor of Science degree in any College of Business majors.

Residency. Transfer students must complete a minimum of 30 resident credits at the upper division (300-400) level in the College of Business at Minnesota State Mankato.

Transfer students pursuing a major or minor in the College of Business must complete at least 50% (one-half) of their major or minor coursework at Minnesota State Mankato.

GPA Policy. Students must earn a minimum grade point average of 2.0 (“C”) on the total courses taken in the College of Business and a 2.25 overall GPA to meet graduation requirements.

P/N Grading Policy. No more than one-fourth of a student’s major shall consist of P/N grades.

Assessment Policy. The College of Business believes that the ongoing assessment of its programs makes a vital contribution to the quality of those programs and to student learning. Student Participation is an important and expected part of the assessment process.

Internships. Students are strongly encouraged to participate in one or more internship programs related to their field of study before graduation. Qualifying internships may receive academic credit counting towards a student’s major, but are not required to be taken for credit. To receive academic credit, students must be registered during the semester the internship takes place. Registration instructions and other business internship resources can be found at:


Contact Information

150 Morris Hall 

Advising Office (507) 389-2963


  • Ann Kuzma, Ph.D.

100 Level

Credits: 3

This course prepares students for success by exposing them to the requirements, expectations, resources and opportunities of the COB. Students will have business experiences and will develop professional skills.

Prerequisites: none

200 Level

Credits: 2

This course is required for admission to the College of Business for all business majors. The purpose of the course is to provide students with an overview of COB majors, allow students to create an academic plan for graduation, and develop professional skills needed for future job placement. Topics include cover letter and resume writing, interviewing skills, the process of networking, the internship program, etiquette skills, and requirements for graduation.

Prerequisites: none

300 Level

Credits: 3

International dimensions of business: global business environment (economic, cultural, legal, political) and international business functions (management, marketing, finance, exporting, importing). Junior standing

Prerequisites: Junior Standing 

Credits: 3

BUS 397 is an applied course that entails developing, launching, managing, and closing a business with the cohort of students enrolled in the class. Students write and present a business plan as they seek financing for their start-up company. The business start-up experience creates a real-world context in which students can practice the concepts introduced in MGMT 330, MRKT 310, and FINA 362. BUS 397 is part of the United Prairie Bank Integrated Business Experience, and students must enroll concurrently in BUS 397 and sections of FINA 362, MGMT 330, and MRKT 310 that are designated for IBE students.

Prerequisites: Must be admitted to a major.

Credits: 0

Curricular Practical Training: Co-Operative Experience is a zero-credit full-time practical training experience for one summer and an adjacent fall or spring term. Special rules apply to preserve full-time student status. Please contact an advisor in your program for complete information.

Prerequisites: At least 60 credits earned; in good standing; instructor permission; co-op contract; other prerequisites may also apply.

400 Level

Credits: 3

Topics on current developments in international business, technology, and legislation.

Prerequisites: IBUS 380 

Credits: 3

Managerial approach to marketing decision making in multicultural market situations.

Prerequisites: MRKT 210, IBUS 380

Credits: 3

This course examines cross-cultural differences in business practices. Among the topics covered are the differences in management styles, multiculturalism, international negotiations, as well as international human resource issues, social responsibility and ethics in a global context, international labor relations, cultural synergy and multicultural teams.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

International finance functions in a corporation include currency issues, investment, financial markets interacting, raising debt and equity, and export financing.

Prerequisites: IBUS 380 

Credits: 3

Provides knowledge and documentary skills in managing and implementing the export operations of firms engaged in international trade.

Prerequisites: IBUS 380 

Credits: 3

A capstone course for students majoring in international business designed to analyze and integrate the various international business management decisions.

Prerequisites: IBUS 428, IBUS 448, IBUS 469 (select 2 out of the 3 courses)

Credits: 1

The first capstone course will begin with the student identifying a business problem based on feedback solicited from management, peers, faculty, and/or mentors. The scope of the project definition will be documented and reviewed with a key business stakeholder who will work directly with the student throughout both capstone courses. A mutually acceptable project plan will represent an appropriate level of complexity to achieve the final project goal and solve a business problem of strategic importance for the business organization.

Prerequisites: All other BBA program courses (excluding two capstone courses) must be complete with a mastery of 70% or higher.

Credits: 1-3

Study tours are led by Minnesota State University, Mankato faculty and provide students with opportunities to visit companies and attend lectures by renowned experts from key sectors of economy, government, and business.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

The student will demonstrate and apply knowledge gained from the first capstone course (BUS491) and overall BBA program into the real-world project experience. Business skills and professional development will be challenged for the student to integrate relevant knowledge through the project-based learning experience. The final written and oral presentation of the project results will demonstrate the problem-solving and critical thinking context beyond the classroom.

Prerequisites: BUS 491

Credits: 1-9

Supervised experience in business, industry, state or federal institutions.

Prerequisites: Consent 

Credits: 1-3

Supervised experience in business, industry, state or federal institutions. Taken for grade only.

Prerequisites: Consent 

Credits: 1-3

Individual study of special topics.

Prerequisites: Consent