Jun 16, 2024  
Butler University Bulletin 2023-2024 
Butler University Bulletin 2023-2024

International Studies, BA

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The international business major is designed to provide students with a multidisciplinary degree focused on the international business world. Students gain knowledge and skills to prepare them for the global environment of business.

To facilitate their career, a concentration is encouraged, but not required, in a functional area of business such as marketing or finance. Study abroad is a highly recommended and integral part of the major. Graduates are well prepared for entry-level positions in the discipline of focus and often pursue careers with corporations with international divisions or aspirations. Some work for nonprofits, governments, or start their own businesses. Most begin their careers in a U.S.-based organization that does business around the world.

International Business Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates will be able to:

  • Identify contemporary, global macro-environmental trends and issues, and describe opportunities and threats they present to businesses
  • Demonstrate the ability to conceptualize business from a global perspective
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate in a second language

Requirements for the Major

The major consists of 42 hours, 33 of which must be fulfilled at the 300 level or above.

Core (21 hours)

International Arrangements and Interactions (B):

IS 390 - The United Nations and Other International Organizations  and an additional B course. Examples of B courses can be found below. Offerings vary by semester; a course cannot count for both B and D.

International Relations and Diplomacy (D):

One D course is required. Examples of D courses can be found below. Offerings vary by semester; a course cannot count for both B and D.

Capstone Course (to be taken in the junior or senior year) (E):

International Studies Area Courses

18 hours from two of the following areas (9 hours in each area; two disciplines must be represented). Offerings vary by semester. Example courses for each of the areas can be found below:

Foreign Language:

Nine (9) hours at the 300-400 level in one modern foreign language. Classes in French, German, Spanish, and Chinese are offered at Butler University. Classes in other languages such as Arabic, Italian, and Japanese can be taken at other universities in the area. A language course counting for an area course other than Foreign Language cannot also count towards the Foreign Language area.


One elective (3 hrs) required. Offerings vary by semester. Any course in an International Studies area above not used to fulfill another requirement, or additional examples below:

Special International Studies Courses (Recommended, but not required)

which may include:

Study Abroad (Highly Recommended)

Experience abroad may be in the form of attendance at a foreign college or university, an international internship, independent travel connected with an approved independent study project, or participation in an approved foreign study tour. Credits from those experiences abroad usually count toward fulfilling the requirements of the major or minor.

Model United Nations, Model Arab League, and Model European Union (Highly Recommended)

International studies majors can participate in these three events, which play a very important role in the formation of students interested in international issues, because they learn the rules of negotiation and diplomacy as well as the workings of the United Nations, Arab League, and European Union.

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