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Business Administration — International Business Concentration, BA

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Department of Management, College of Business and Economics

88-90 credits


The Business Administration program has been designed to prepare students for leadership roles in business and the community. One program objective is to provide students with the perceptual and analytical skills necessary to make decisions and evaluate policies in business; another is to develop student understanding of the social, economic and regulatory environments in business. The program is designed for students with a variety of career goals, including opportunities with financial institutions, manufacturing and retail firms, service industries and the public sector.

 Learning goals  Learning objectives
1. Understanding of business and economics Demonstrate breadth of knowledge and skills in general business and economics
  Demonstrate disciplinary knowledge and skills
2. Effective communication skills Produce quality business documents
  Deliver a professional quality presentation supported by appropriate technology
3. Ethical and legal perspective Analyze problems using an ethical perspective
  Analyze the legal implications of business decisions
4. Creative problem solving and
critical thinking
Critically analyze problems
  Generate multiple alternative solutions
  Defend resolutions to problems
5. Quantitative skills Solve business problems using quantitative techniques

Why Consider an International Business Concentration in Business Administration Major?

An International Business concentration prepares a student to work with business relationships across borders in a variety of situations. Often combining some training in language and in other business areas, graduates should be able to help manage these business relationships that are central to the global environment that will define their careers. For more information, see the IBUS website.

 Contact Information

CBE Admissions & Scholarships
Dean’s Office
Parks Hall 419

Major Information:
International Business

Professor Tom Roehl
Parks Hall 211

Management Department Chair
Jongwook Kim
Parks Hall 351a

Academic Department Manager
Cristina Nelson
Parks Hall 351

 Sample Careers

Import/Export Management | Law | Public Policy | International Non-Profit | International Marketing | Management of International | Relationships in Business | Analysis of International | Competitiveness

 Major/Career Resources


How to Declare (Admission and Declaration Process):

Students must confirm admission to Western Washington University before submitting an application to the College of Business and Economics (CBE). Students are encouraged to submit applications as soon as they meet the requirements to apply, which vary by major/concentration. Applications are submitted using an online form, located on the CBE website (cbe.wwu.edu/apply-cbe). Some major/concentration applications have quarterly deadlines, while others are processed on a continual basis. Information regarding application deadline dates is listed on the CBE application webpage.

All students with a Western GPA must be in good standing with the University (cumulative Western GPA must be 2.00 or higher). Transfer students with no Western GPA at the time of CBE application must maintain good standing with the University moving forward. See information CBE major/concentration-specific regarding GPA requirements below.

Invited Distinguished Scholars may apply to all CBE programs following the requirements they receive from CBE.

Retention Standards

In order to remain in good standing in CBE for all programs excluding Economics, pre-majors and full majors must remain in good standing with the University (cumulative Western GPA must be 2.00 or higher) and must maintain a minimum CBE GPA of 2.30 (calculated using all courses given by CBE, including every graded attempt).

For Economics degrees, excluding combined degrees, student must maintain a minimum cumulative Western GPA of 2.00.

Should students fall below retention standards, they will receive a warning and have one quarter in which to repair their GPAs. If GPAs remain below CBE standards, students will be dropped from the college.

Please note: No individual course grade lower than a C- will be accepted and credited toward degree requirements.

Academic Status

When students in CBE programs with pre-major status available are enrolled in their last foundation course(s), they will be considered provisional majors and allowed to register for major-restricted courses the following quarter. Students who do not successfully complete their last foundation course(s) and meet all requirements for full major status (cumulative 2.50 or higher all-college GPA, cumulative 2.30 or higher CBE GPA, 2.00 or higher Western GPA) will be reverted to pre-majors and cannot enroll in major-restricted courses until they have successfully completed their foundation courses. Students are eligible for provisional major status in CBE only once. Provisional major status is not applicable for Economics. (Students are full majors immediately in this department.)

Requirements to apply for:

  • Business Administration, BA
    • Concentrations within the degree:
      • Finance
      • International Business
      • Management
      • Management Information Systems
      • Marketing
      • Operations Management
  • Business Administration General Concentration, BA (Poulsbo Campus only)

Application deadlines apply. Students with 45 or more college-level credits, an all-college GPA of 2.50 or higher, and a cumulative CBE GPA (if any business courses have been completed at Western) of 2.30 or higher may apply regardless of how many business courses have been completed. Students who have not completed the business foundation courses will be admitted as pre-majors. Please note: For the BA in Business Administration, students have several choices of concentration, but are not guaranteed full major status in any specific concentration area. Requirements vary for full-major status depending on the concentration. See the CBE application webpage and department webpages for each concentration’s full-major admissions requirements.

Grade Requirements

A grade of C- or better is required for a student’s major or minor courses, and supporting courses for majors and minors.

Advanced Core

International Business Concentration Courses

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