International Business courses are designed to provide a broad analysis of business opportunities abroad, as well as political climates, trade barriers, government incentives and trade practices.

Ethical considerations in business today are critical for success. Businesses can leverage their economic power to ensure socially responsible behavior in the global marketplace.

Why International Business?

An International Business degree provides a foundation for understanding the various aspects of international business and provides tools for applying this knowledge to the real world. Opportunities for International Business graduates exist in a variety of areas such as government agencies, market research, international marketing and sales, consulting, international entrepreneurship, and nonprofit organizations.

  • Careers in International Business

    Professionals with a BBA in International Business have a wide variety of career paths from which to choose. Here are just a few:

    • Import Development Manager
    • Nonprofit Organization Director
    • International Trade Specialist
    • Logistics Specialist
    • Export-Import Manager
    • International Sales Manager
    • Commodities Trader
    • Global Logistics Analyst
  • Attributes of an International Business Professional

    Category Flexibility – The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.

    Oral Comprehension – The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    Written Comprehension – The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

    Information Ordering – The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

    Problem Sensitivity – The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

    Inductive Reasoning – The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

    Deductive Reasoning – The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

  • Day-to-Day in International Business Careers

    Below are small descriptions of daily work activities included in some of the careers listed above:

    • Prepare and process import and export documentation according to customs regulations, laws, or procedures.
    • Develop procedures for coordination of supply chain management with other functional areas, such as sales, marketing, finance, production, or quality assurance.
    • Stay abreast of changes in import or export laws or regulations by reading current literature, attending meetings or conferences, or conferring with colleagues.
    • Represent companies in negotiating contracts and formulating policies with suppliers.
    • Buy or sell stocks, bonds, commodity futures, foreign currencies, or other securities on behalf of investment dealers.
    • Request or compile necessary import documentation, such as customs invoices, certificates of origin, and cargo-control documents.
    • Interpret data on logistics elements, such as availability, maintainability, reliability, supply chain management, strategic sourcing or distribution, supplier management, or transportation.

International Business Curriculum

The BBA in International Business is a 120-hour program that emphasizes the changing world of global business.

Students enrolled in the International Business concentration, other than international students who attend UIW on a student visa, are required to participate in a short term study abroad program for at least one week or a semester-long study abroad program. Students may study abroad as soon as their second semester in their sophomore year. Click here to visit UIW Study Abroad.

  • International Business Courses

    Below is a sampling of courses within the International Business curriculum.

    • Experiential Learning in Europe – This course is designed to facilitate the integration of the study abroad experience into a student's academic material and program of study.
    • Cross Border – Develops practical skills necessary for a small business owner to transact business in Mexico and Canada by providing opportunities to experience the border trade process firsthand. Includes fact-finding work to examine trade services in Laredo, San Antonio, and Mexico.
    • International Business Law – International Business Law as it affects international business transactions. Topics may include international trade law, environmental and labor regulation, trade agreements, international organizations, investment and finance, human rights and ethical conduct, regulation of multinational enterprises.
    • International Entrepreneurship – Analysis of international business opportunities and practical entrepreneurial issues associated with taking a small/medium-sized business into global markets. The focus is on those businesses related to exporting and importing products and services.
    • Importing and Exporting – An analysis of the importing and exporting processes, sources of supply, market potential, currency implications, government regulations, and current issues affecting the importing and exporting processes.

Business programs in the H-E-B School of Business and Administration are accredited by The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs. The University of the Incarnate Word is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Read more about accreditation.