International Business and Economics - BA, BS

The international business and economics major at St. Catherine University is uniquely designed to prepare students for a career in an organization with a global perspective. Courses in business and economics will provide students with the critical thinking skills needed for many jobs in this area. Students will explore current international marketing, financial, and management issues along with important analytical techniques that help resolve problems in these areas - including use of the most recent technology for decision making. In addition to business and economics, courses in international political science, history, communications and foreign languages complement the major to provide students with a well-rounded foundation to lead and influence.

Outside of the classroom, our department works to provide all students with opportunities to enhance their St. Kate’s experience and increase the value they bring to organizations after graduation. Students can attend events hosted by the Minnesota Center for Diversity in Economics, such as “Socialism vs. Capitalism” or “The Economics of Immigration.” Economics Club is an outlet for students to engage with other passionate peers and local events. As an international business and economics major, students will gain practical experience through internship experiences that will prepare them to communicate and demonstrate their unique skills to potential employers. An internship in their major’s field will be an important way for students to gain practical experience. Students have interned at large and small organizations in the Twin Cities area such as Wells Fargo and Minnesota Environmental Partnerships.

Career opportunities for women trained in international business and economics are very promising. Many stimulating and challenging careers for women are opening in what has until now been a male-dominated field. Our graduates have accepted jobs at institutions such as Wells Fargo, Post Consumer Brands, Robert Half, Minneapolis Grain Exchange, and Minneapolis Public Schools. Some alumnae continue on to graduate programs in international relations, business, economics, law, communication and organizational leadership.

This major is available to students in the College for Women only.


See also: Financial Economics, Economics

This major is offered in the College for Women only.


ACCT 2110Financial Accounting4
BUSI 2502Global Business2
ECON 1090Statistical Analysis for Decision Making4
Choose two from:8
Economics of Social Issues
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
ECON 3450WHaves and Have Notes: Development, Poverty, and Inequality4
ECON 3460WGlobal Financial Issues4
ECON 3480WInternational Economics: Trade and Immigration4
ECON 3650Cost-Benefit Analysis4
ECON 4850Theory to Action4
In consultant with advisor, a theme/focus appropriate to the student's interest that includes:
Eight upper-division credits from BUSI/ACCT/MGMT/MKTG/SALE/NPSO 18
Eight upper-division credits from ECON/POSC/HIST/COMM/LANG 18
Total Credits54

Students are strongly encouraged to study abroad. This provides a good opportunity to complete "theme/focus" classes.

NOTE: ECON 3610 and/or ECON 3620 can substitute for any upper level ECON course.

International business and economics majors satisfy the Writing Requirement for Majors and the fourth writing requirement by completing ECON 3460W Global Financial Issues and ECON 3480W International Economics: Trade and Immigration. They complete the Liberal Arts and Sciences Core Writing Requirement with two other writing-intensive courses (CORE 1000W The Reflective Woman or CORE 2000W The Reflective Woman, and CORE 3990W Global Search for Justice).