International Business

Our International Business students don't look down: they look ahead. They charge into the world head-on with skills to guide a corporate expansion in Asia or turn a local business into an international success. It takes strong ethics, deep respect for cultures, and the skills to lead in our ever-changing global economy. At SAU, you get a bold, and broad, business education that lets you explore and contribute to world economics.

Our graduates work at John Deere Construction Forestry Division, U.S. Department of Defense, Rockwell International, Career Education Association, Walt Disney World, and others.

Ambrose Advantages

  • Immerse Yourself In Global Economy
  • Expansive Education: Here and Abroad
  • Learn to Navigate Economies & Current Events

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You see the world as unlimited in potential, and we see that in you, too. We recognize your knack for business and your drive to understand the world and its economies – and how you want to contribute. At St. Ambrose, courses build your skills and abilities, and our faculty encourage and support your goals on campus and abroad.

See our International Business Major Fact Sheet (pdf)

More Information on the International Business Program

What Will I learn?

Our curriculum spans the breadth and depth of global topics, managing across cultures, and essential foundations of courses in management, finance, and economics.

You are encouraged to delve deeper into topics of interest, integrate across fields, and engage in real-time projects.

All full-time faculty have PhDs and share their professional expertise and experiences you know that what you learn and how you apply it matters in the real world.

Then, we push you past textbooks and classroom discussions. International Business majors spend eight weeks or more immersed in study abroad. Or, do a shorter trip and complete a 50-hour service project working with immigrants or a 50-hour international business internship.

Click here to search our Study Abroad programs. 

The SAU College of Business has deep ties with worldwide corporations such as Deere & Co., KONE, HON, as well as with local companies and entrepreneurs who seek professionals who can grow and initiate change in our global economy. With those connections, you have exceptional opportunities for networking, internships, and jobs.

Study Abroad

You've heard people say it before: "College will be the greatest time of your life!" With Study Abroad, you can add even more to your college years.

You can study in another country in a semester-long or short-term study abroad program (with a few offered during spring and winterim breaks). No matter the duration, these trips deepen your professional education while earning credit toward graduation.

There are also opportunities through an exchange program, an overseas internship, or volunteering. The limits for Study Abroad are only ones you set for yourself! SAU students have studied in Italy, Costa Rica, Australia, Korea, United Kingdom, Spain, Ecuador, Japan, Germany, Peru, Cyprus, Croatia, Belize, Canada, Chile, and more.

SAU students returning from their Study Abroad locations talk about their time away as life-changing – personally, emotionally, culturally, and academically.

Click here to search our Study Abroad programs, and for general information click here.

What are some potential career outcomes?

Our graduates usually move well beyond entry-level positions due to their deep knowledge of international customs, foreign policy and more. Career opportunities include international marketing specialist, consultant, job analyst, and product manager.

Here's the bonus. The skills you gain as an International Business major are highly valued within other job sectors, too, including banking, manufacturing, transportation, retail, hospitality, and entertainment. 

Most of our graduates have no problem finding their dream job. A recent survey showed 96% of SAU College of Business graduates were employed full- or part-time, in graduate school, continuing their education, or weren't seeking employment at the time.

Peace Corps Prep

If service is included in your future plans, we one of few universities in Iowa offering Peace Corps Prep, a program that can make you a stronger candidate for volunteer positions within the Peace Corps or other service programs. You'll gain skills and a cultural worldview that employers value and best of all, most students can earn the certificate – awarded by the Peace Corps – without taking extra courses.

Click here to learn more or talk to your faculty advisor.

What have alumni of this program done?
  • Austin Slater '15 is a Human Resource Generalist at Hammond-Henry Hospital in Geneseo. At Ambrose, Austin took advantage of the growing Study Abroad program at Ambrose. He traveled to Japan, Italy, and Brazil.
  • Patricia Tracy '15 is an International Marketing Intern at Tripp Lite in Chicago.
  • Phil Reges '08 is Director of Operations at CRST International.

Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Business

ACCT 201 Accounting Principles I
ACCT 202 Accounting Principles II
BUS 201 Legal Environment of Business
ECON 201 Principles of Macroeconomics
ECON 202 Principles of Microeconomics
FNCE 300 Principles of Finance
INTL 322 International Marketing
INTL 370 International Field Experience
INTL 372 Managing Across Cultures
INTL 374 World Regions
INTL 377 Political and Regulatory Environment of International Business
INTL 400 International Experiential Portfolio (1 credit)
MATH 191/STBE 137 Quantitative Reasoning in Business
MGMT 210 Principles of Management
MGMT 449 Strategic Management & Policy
MKTG 209 Principles of Marketing
PHIL 305 Business Ethics
STBE 237 Statistics for Business and Economics

One of the following:
INTL 399 Topics in International Business
HIST 343 20th Century Europe and the World
PSCI 309 International Politics

Plus foreign language competence to the equivalent of the 202-level

Click to read course Descriptions for International Business

Plan to Graduate

This is the suggested plan of study to graduate in four years with a degree in International Business. This plan assumes the student has not taken three years of foreign language in high school.

Year One

Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
STBE 137 3 ECON 202 3
ACCT 201 3 ACCT 202 3
Foreign Language 101 3 Foreign Language 102 3
ENGL 101 3 Humanities 3
COMM Gen. Ed. 3 THEO 100-200 3
IL 101 1 KIN 149 1

Year Two

Spring SemesterCreditsFall SemesterCredits
ECON 201 3 STBE 237 3
BUS 201 3 ECON 313 3
MKTG 209 3 FNCE 300 3
MGMT 310 3 PHIL Gen. Ed. 3
Natural Science 4 Gen. Ed. 2
KIN Activity 1 to 2
TOTAL 16 TOTAL 15-16

Year Three

Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
INTL 372 3 INTL 374 3
HIST 343/PSCI 309 3 MKTG 322 3
INTL 370 3 Elective 3
Gen Ed. 6 PHIL 305 3
PHIL elective 3

Year Four

Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
INTL 377 3 Elective 3
FNCE 402 3 WI-MGMT 449 3
Electives 9 Electives 9
INTL 400 1

Tony Villasenor '11, '13 MBA

Tony's drive to discover and experience the world took root at St. Ambrose. While working on undergraduate degrees in International Business and Spanish, he was required to study abroad. Tony chose Barcelona. "It was a semester-long trip. At first, I thought it would be too long. In the end, it was too short," he says. "I love learning, learning where people come from, about their culture and experiences. Being able to relate to people from all over the world has really propelled my career."

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Katie Zorn

Bachelor of Arts in Accounting, International Business, and Theology,Cost Accountant at HNI Corporation in Cedartown, Georgia,Class of 2015

When Katie talks about her Ambrosian experience she describes a community that values academics, professionalism, spiritual life, and personal growth. With us, you will get an education rooted in the liberal arts and Catholic Intellectual Tradition, and so many opportunities to discover your path in life.

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