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2023/2024 University Catalog 
2023/2024 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

International Business, Asian Languages -Singapore Emphasis, B.A. in Liberal Arts and Sciences

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(Major Code: 05131) (Academic Plan Code: 113704BALS)

All candidates for a degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences must complete the graduation requirements listed in the section of this catalog on “Graduation Requirements.”

International Business majors may not double major in the Fowler College of Business or in the Language or Regional/Cultural Studies emphases used to satisfy major requirements. International Business majors may minor in their chosen area of focus, but the same course cannot be used to fulfill both the focus and the minor.

No courses in the preparation for the major may be taken for Cr/NC; the minimum grade in each course in lower division business and regional/cultural studies is C.

Impacted Program

The International Business major is an impacted program. To be admitted to the International Business major, students must meet the following criteria:

  1. Complete with a grade of C (2.0) or better: ACCTG 201 and ACCTG 202ECON 101 and ECON 102ECON 201 or STAT 119FIN 240; and MIS 180. These courses cannot be taken for credit/no credit (Cr/NC);
  2. Complete or test out of one language sequence: ARAB 101ARAB 102ARAB 201ARAB 202 (16 units); CHIN 101CHIN 102CHIN 201CHIN 202 (20 units); English: COMM 103LING 100BLING 200RWS 290 (12 units); FRENC 100AFRENC 100BFRENC 201FRENC 210FRENC 221 (20 units); GERMN 100AGERMN 100BGERMN 202GERMN 205AGERMN 205B (21 units); ITAL 100AITAL 100BITAL 201ITAL 211ITAL 212 (21 units); JAPAN 111JAPAN 112JAPAN 211JAPAN 212 (20 units); KOR 101KOR 102KOR 201KOR 202 (20 units); PORT 101PORT 102PORT 203PORT 204 (16 units); RUSSN 100ARUSSN 100BRUSSN 200ARUSSN 200B (20 units); or SPAN 101SPAN 102SPAN 201SPAN 211SPAN 212 (22 units). These courses cannot be taken for credit/no credit (Cr/NC);
  3. Complete with a grade of C (2.0) or better, the Regional/Cultural Studies emphasis from one of the following regions: Middle East and North Africa: HIST 101; Asia (Chinese): ASIAN 100; Asia (Japanese or Korean): ASIAN 100 or ASIAN 101 ; Latin America: LATAM 101; North America: (English); Six units (one pair) selected from HIST 109HIST 110 or POL S 101POL S 102 ; North America: (French); HIST 110 or POL S 102; Central Europe: EUROP 101 or HIST 106 (recommended); Western Europe: EUROP 101 or HIST 106 (recommended). These courses cannot be taken for credit/no credit (Cr/NC);
  4. Complete a minimum of 60 transferable semester units;
  5. Have a cumulative GPA of 2.90 or better.

To complete the major, students must fulfill the degree requirements for the major described in the catalog in effect at the time they are accepted into the premajor at SDSU (assuming continuous enrollment).

Major Academic Plans (MAPs)

Visit http://www.sdsu.edu/mymap for the recommended courses needed to fulfill your major requirements. The MAPs website was created to help students navigate the course requirements for their majors and to identify which General Education course will also fulfill a major preparation course requirement.

Preparation for the Major

(Complete I, II, and III: 39-46 units)

II. Language Emphasis

(Choose one language): The lower division language course requirements may also be satisfied by successful results on certain standardized language examinations; contact the adviser of the appropriate language department for details. International business students whose high school language of instruction was taught in a language other than English may not take that language as their emphasis in the major (contact the international business office for further explanation). English is not open to native speakers of English nor to students who graduated from a secondary school where English was the principal language of instruction nor to students with near-native fluency as evidenced through an ACTFL rating of Distinguished Level.

III. Regional/Cultural Studies Emphasis

(3 units)

Language Requirement

The language requirement is automatically fulfilled through coursework for preparation for the major.

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement

Completing RWS 390W  with a grade of C (2.0) or better. See “Graduation Requirements” section for a complete listing of requirements.


(Complete I, II, and III below: 49-54 units) A minimum grade point average of 2.0 in the major is required for graduation. No course in the major may be taken Cr/NC unless the course is only offered Cr/NC.


Select two 300 or 400 level courses from the following areas:


  • Two 300 or 400-level courses in ECON, excluding ECON 495, 496, 499. Recommended: ECON 330ECON 360.

  • Two 300 or 400-level course in FIN excluding FIN 496, 498, 499.

  • Two 300 or 400-level course in MGT excluding MGT 401, 496, 498, 499. Recommended: MGT 357.


Management Information Systems

  • Two 300 or 400-level course in MIS excluding MIS 496, 498, 499. 

  • Two 300 or 400-level course in MKTG excluding MKTG 496, 498, 499.

III. Regional/Cultural Studies Emphasis

All international business majors are required to complete a study abroad or internship abroad experience of at least one semester in length. See the international business study abroad adviser to arrange for the study abroad and  the internship adviser to contract for the internship. Students who choose the study abroad option are still required to complete an internship (I B 495). Students who choose the internship abroad option may earn credit for I B 495. All students must complete I B 495 and I B 498 (four units). In addition, all students must complete six units selected from the following groups of courses.

Semester Abroad Requirement

All students are required to complete an approved Study Abroad Program OR International Internship

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