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International Business

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  • Careers
  • New Freshmen
  • New Transfer
  • Illinois State Students

Illinois State University is the only public university in Illinois offering a major in International Business. If you have studied a foreign language in high school, if you want to major in business, if you are interested in the international expansion of business, then this is the right major for you!

International Business is an interdisciplinary program, combining core courses in general business and foreign languages with advanced courses in international business. Students choose a specific concentration from marketing, finance, insurance, management, business information systems, or accountancy. Advanced courses in business look not only at international activities in the different majors, but also at the way cultures affect business and the legal environments of different countries.

Why Study International Business?

Careers in International Business are not necessarily located oversees or even in major cities. Many positions are in U.S.-based offices or divisions of international firms. Employers feel a program that provides a sound foundation in language, geopolitical studies and business subjects prepares a graduate to deal more effectively when a firm oversees contracts and to appreciate and to understand the overall operations of an international company regardless of where the employee is assigned.

Related Majors

Related Skills

  • Critical thinker
  • Good knowledge about global economic issues and trends
  • Ability to adapt to new cultures
  • Good math and computer skills
  • Ability to prepare reports
  • Strong oral and communication skills
  • Flexible and adaptive to new ideas
  • Logical thinker
  • Ability to research and explain market phenomena
  • Ability to collect data
  • Ability to make sound predictions

Related Fields

Public Accounting

  • Banking
  • Business Specialist
  • Congressional Aid
  • Customs Officer
  • Director of International Relations
  • Entrepreneur
  • Foreign Language Interpreter
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Hotel Management
  • Import/Export Business
  • Insurance Agent/Underwriter
  • International Banker
  • Lawyer
  • Legislative Aide
  • Lobbyist
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Peace Corps/AmeriCorps Worker/Volunteer
  • Researcher
  • Sales Representative
  • Shipping Broker

Career Advising

Name Office Email Phone
Mark Fauble  110 Student Services Building  mbfaubl@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-5825 

Internship Coordinator

Name Office Email Phone
Barbara Ribbens  SFHB 244  bribben@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-3283 

Applying to Illinois State

Illinois State's preferred filing period for freshman students for the fall semester is September 1-November 15. Applying early is encouraged, as the University must limit enrollment due to space at the University and in specific majors/programs. Visit the Office of Admissions to apply today!

Plan of Study

This information is based on requirements for the academic year(s) indicated. Students should consult the catalog year they were admitted under for their academic requirements.

Applying to Illinois State

Illinois State's preferred filing period for fall transfer students is September 1-January 15. For the spring semester, the preferred filing period is from April 1-August 1. You are encouraged to apply early in the preferred filing period for best consideration for admission into competitive majors. Visit the Office of Admissions to apply today!

Minimum GPA

2.50

Middle 50% GPA

2.64 - 3.30

Required Courses

Students with fewer than 45 hours are evaluated on collegiate coursework and grade point average.

Students with 45-59 hours earned must complete the following courses with a grade of C or better:

  • Financial accounting (ACC 131),
  • Economics—micro and macro (ECO 105),
  • College algebra (MATH 119) and Finite math (MATH 120), or
  • Applied calculus (MAT 121) or calculus I (MATH 145).

Students with 60 or more hours earned must complete those courses listed above, choosing the applied calculus (MAT 121) or calculus I (MAT 145) option, and complete the following additional courses with a grade of C or better:

  • Managerial accounting (ACC 132) and
  • Statistical reasoning (MQM 100).

Recommended Courses

  • Introductory-level business course (BUS 100),
  • Introductory-level English composition (ENG 101),
  • Intermediate-level English composition (ENG 145), and
  • Prove computer competency through completion of one of the following: ACC 167and 168; ITK 150; IAI BUS 902; or by passing competency exams of ACC 189.67 and 189.68

Additional Information

Students are encouraged to get an AA or AS.

Plan of Study

This information is based on requirements for the academic year(s) indicated. Students should consult the catalog year they were admitted under for their academic requirements.

Academic Advising

Name Office Email Phone
Kathy Sims  COB 129  kesims@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-8385 

Middle 50% GPA

2.64 - 3.30

Plan of Study

This information is based on requirements for the academic year(s) indicated. Students should consult the catalog year they were admitted under for their academic requirements.

Application Period

September 1 through September 30 and February 1 through February 28.

Application Information

Current students can use the Apply to Your Program tool on My.IllinoisState.edu.

Major Requirements

Fewer than 45 earned and in progress hours

Evaluated upon college coursework, GPA, and admissions criteria for incoming freshmen.

45 - 59 earned and in progress hours

Grades of “C” or better in the following courses or their equivalents:

  • ACC 131
  • ECO 105
  • MAT 119 and 120 or 121 or 145.

60 or more earned and in progress hours

Grades of “C” or better in the following courses or their equivalents:

  • ACC 131
  • ACC 132
  • ECO 105
  • MQM 100 or ECO/GEO/POL/PSY 138
  • MAT 121 or 145

The College also requires students to complete in the first semester:

  • BUS 100 with a grade of "C" or better
  • Prove computer competency through completion of one of the following:
    • ACC 167 and 168
    • ITK 150
    • IAI BUS 902
    • by passing competency exams

Academic Advising

Name Office Email Phone
Kathy Sims  COB 129  kesims@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-8385 
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