International Business Degree

Students in the International Business concentration take notes in class

Program Description 

In order to be competitive in the long run, most businesses have little option but to compete internationally. It’s not just about moving a business into other countries; it’s about doing so in a way that gives credence to cultural, socio-political and historical contexts. It’s this deep, contextual knowledge that leads to global business success.

In the International Business concentration of the Bachelor of Business Administration (BSBA) in the Helzberg School of Management, students gain special insight into what it means to go global. Students gain an understanding of the unique challenges inherent to globalization so they can plan and implement successful business strategies. They will also learn about current theories on process and organization to best support international business operations.

In addition to International Business major coursework, International Business students complete two innovative sequences as part of the BSBA core. Both the Professional Readiness sequence and the Technology and Predictive Analytics sequences were developed by the Helzberg School of Management based on market research and consultation with hiring managers at area corporations to prepare students for the evolving workplace. Students also have the option to pursue Excel certifications as part of their studies.

The Helzberg School of Management is an AACSB*-accredited business school, an achievement only 5% of all business schools in the world can claim. Students in the Helzberg School of Management emerge from their bachelor's education as leaders of competence and conscience.

*Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Learning Outcomes 

  • Leadership: Graduates exhibit skills in personal responsibility, awareness of self and others, ability to work effectively in groups, and the ability to foster positive team dynamics.
  • Ethical Behavior and Corporate Social Responsibility: Graduates identify and analyze personal ethical problems to propose and defend an appropriate course of action, as well as identify and analyze issues in corporate social responsibility to propose and defend an appropriate course of action.
  • Business Skills and Knowledge: Graduates define, describe and demonstrate foundational business knowledge.
  • International/Global: Graduates integrate relevant cultural, social, political, historical, geographic and environmental factors into the analysis of business issues and the development of an appropriate course of action.
  • Information Analysis and Application: Graduates identify, access and analyze relevant quantitative and qualitative information to develop, select and evaluate appropriate courses of action.
  • Communication: Graduates produce and deliver effective written products and oral communications in a variety of contexts using effective technologies.

Prospective Students 

Current Students 


  • Internships: Rockhurst University’s Career Services helps students search for internships consistent with their interests.
  • Hands-on Class Projects: The concentration is grounded in active learning and hands-on experiences. In one class project, students create a comprehensive business plan to establish foreign operations for a domestic company.
  • Networking: Students have considerable opportunities to network with prospective employers through RU's Helzberg School of Management and Rockhurst University Career Services events such as Leadership & Ethics Day, Dinner with the Industry, as well as Meet the Firms.
  • Magis Leaders Program: Students have the opportunity to apply for a year-long, enhanced professional readiness program. With their mentor from the community, each student in the program will assess and adjust their personal and professional skills to enhance their performance in organizational settings.
  • Capstone Project: Students complete their bachelor's education by developing a complete business concept responding to a social need that they identify.
  • Dean's Scholar program: Earn a bachelor's and master's degree in only five years! Learn more about the program here.


After graduation, students have begun their careers at places such as:

  • Google
  • International Trade Council
  • CVS Pharmacy
  • Sprint
  • State Street
  • Kauffman Foundation
  • Cerner