International Business Co-Major

Chair: Kevin Clark, PhD. 
Carmen and Sharon Danella Endowed Professor in Business Innovation
Associate Chair: Ward Utter
Office: 2083 Bartley Hall
Telephone: 610-519-6924


As a result of the extraordinary changes brought on by globalization, companies need new kinds of managers—individuals who not only have strong business skills, but who are comfortable managing and communicating across cultures. In the International Business co-major, you will learn the potential and risks of new markets and develop the ability to think globally while acting locally.

The International Business co-major must be taken in conjunction with a major in Accounting, Economics, Finance, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing or Real Estate.

Course Requirements for International Business Co-Major (18 Credits)

Sub-Total Credits

Plus three (3) International Business elective courses listed below (must be from two different disciplines).

Note: All International Business co-majors are required to take an international course in their major discipline if such course is offered. An international course in each major is required if a student has more than one major. This course will also satisfy a major elective requirement.

Sub-Total Credits

Plus One (1) international-related History* or international-related Social Science* selected from Geography and the Environment, History, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology.

*An international History course can be taken in place of the regular History course in the core requirements; or an international Social Science course (subject code as GEV, HIS, PSC, PSY, or SOC) can be taken in place of the regular Social Science in the core requirements.

Plus competency in a foreign language fulfilled by one of the following:

  • Successful completion of Foundations II or Intermediate II if French, Greek, Italian, Latin, or Spanish is chosen**.
  • Successful completion of Foundations II or Introduction II if Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Hindustani, Japanese, or Russian level**.
  • Placement beyond intermediate II on a language placement exam administered by the Classical & Modern Languages department.

**A qualified foreign language course (see above) can be taken in place of the regular Humanities elective in the core requirements. 

Language requirements are waived for all international students whose first language is not English.

If a student completed 2 years of a language (except Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Hindustani, Japanese, or Russian) in high school, credit for introductory courses in that language taken at the college level will not satisfy degree requirements, including electives.

Plus successful completion of a Villanova approved international experience: earning a minimum of 6 credits and a total of at least 4 weeks abroad through study, intern, research or volunteer experience abroad (semester, summer or combination of two Maymester programs). International experience is waived for all international students.

Total Credits:


The above program requirements are applicable to students entering Summer 2024 and beyond. Please consult the appropriate archived catalog available on the homepage for years prior to these requirements. In order that programs offered by Villanova University reflect current advances and additions to knowledge and upgraded professional requirements, Villanova University reserves the right to change programs and requirements without prior notice. Students generally are bound to the requirements in effect and published online for the year in which their class begins its first year of study. Special requirements may be in effect for students who have left the University and are being readmitted. Students are advised to check with the web catalog or with their college offices regarding changes that may affect them. Additional academic information may be obtained from the various college offices and the web sites listed for the particular policies, programs and services found in this catalog. 




Bachelor of Business Administration

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