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International Business

Bachelor of Applied Science Degree (BAS)

The Bachelor's of Applied Science in International Business prepares students to work in various roles within any company that does business globally, and specifically companies engaged in trade and logistics. Learn a broad range of business skills including operations management, marketing, management, finance, entrepreneurship, and more, all with global focus. Courses focus on hands-on learning such as projects from industry clients, group work with students in universities around the world, and internship experiences that can lead to job offers. Students complete 60 credits of international business coursework, and need 180 total college level credits to earn a Bachelor's of Applied Science Degree in International Business.

Estimated Length of Completion

Degree Quarters Credits
Bachelor of Applied Science Degree (BAS) Full Time: 6
Part Time: 9

Program lengths are estimates, not guarantees. For the most current program information, please check with the program contact.

Associate degree or equivalent, plus the following prerequisite courses: Any General Education Requirements taken as part of the associate degree can be transferred in to the requirements below

Course Course ID Credits Availability

This course counts towards the BAS Elective credits.

Introduces basic accounting concepts, principles and procedures for recording business transactions and developing financial accounting reports.

ACCT&201 5.0

This course counts towards the BAS Elective credits.

Focuses on applications of basic accounting concepts, principles and procedures to more complex business transactions and to different forms of enterprise ownership. Prereq: ACCT& 201 or instructor permission.

ACCT&202 5.0

Course Substitute : BUS 220 - Business Finance (5 credits)

Analysis of accounting data as part of the managerial process of planning, decision-making and control. Concentrates on economic decision making in enterprises. Prereq: ACCT& 202 or instructor permission.

ACCT&203 5.0

Course Substitute : RES 170 - Real Estate Law ( 5 credits )

This course counts towards the BAS Elective credits.

(Formerly BUS 250) Nature, development and operation of principles of business law relating to contracts, commercial paper, corporations, agency, partnerships and sales.

BUS& 201 5.0

Course Substitute : MATH& 146 - Intro to Statistics ( 5 credits )

This course counts towards the BAS Elective credits.

The course focuses on the usefulness and limitations of statistics and their use in managerial decision making. The following techniques are addressed: descriptive statistics, probability theory, sampling, hypothesis testing, simple regression, correlation and forecasting. Emphasis is placed on problem formulation, technique selection, and results interpretation. Prerequisites: Math 098 or Math 116. Transf ss.

BUS 210 5.0

English 101 fulfills required program general education credits.

English 101 is a college-level writing course that emphasizes academic writing and major strategies of reading and writing analytically. Writing assignments focus on engaging with and responding to a variety of texts. Instruction encourages students to develop, through revision and reflection, as readers, writers, and critical thinkers. PREREQ: Placement into ENGL&101.

ENGL&101 5.0
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of micro and macroeconomics theory and their application in an international business environment
  • Analyze the impact of a variety of environmental and global factors in relation to formulating marketing strategies
  • Analyze and respond to competitors in a highly dynamic international market
  • Apply core management functions to decision-making, planning, organizing, prioritizing, and leading in a business environment
  • Demonstrate the basic foundation of and the difference between the international legal system and the American legal system
  • Broadly assess complex legal situations by defining and using applicable legal principles
  • Demonstrate how environmental factors such as politics, demographics, technology, geography, and culture affect the business climate and business operations
  • Evaluate foreign exchange markets and exchange rate systems
  • Practice within the legal and ethical framework of businesses
  • Demonstrate an understanding of operations management, including how businesses plan, design, and implement their global supply chain operations, manufacturing processes, and project management
  • Use current and emerging technologies to solve workplace problems through research, analysis, synthesis, presentation and results tracking.
  • Make effective use of human and cultural differences (e.g., learning style, communication style, ethnicity, age, gender) to create positive relationships with coworkers, peers and the public
  • Communicate effectively in oral and written forms in an international business environment
  • Demonstrate proficiency in more than one language or culture
  • Demonstrate successful real world international business experience through internship
  • Demonstrate the principles of marketing within a global context by developing a marketing plan for a region of the world
  • Demonstrate understanding of what global strategy is and its importance to business survival and success

All costs are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling 206.934.5391. There are additional costs for books and supplies. Each student is responsible for the purchase of certain supplies and required tools before the instruction begins.

Full Time

Quarter 1
  • Credits :10.0
  • Resident Student Cost : $1,130.40
  • Non-Resident Student Cost : $1,280.00
  • International Student Cost : $2,912.80
  • Resident BAS Student Cost : $2,205.10
  • Non-Resident BAS Student Cost : $2,354.70
  • International BAS Student Cost : $2,912.80
Quarter 2
  • Credits :15.0
  • Resident Student Cost : $1,410.10
  • Non-Resident Student Cost : $1,563.70
  • International Student Cost : $3,228.90
  • Resident BAS Student Cost : $2,260.30
  • Non-Resident BAS Student Cost : $2,413.90
  • International BAS Student Cost : $3,228.90

Part Time

  • Resident Cost : $39,691.80
  • NonResident Cost : $42,384.60
  • International Student Cost : $111,654.00

Equipment Fee associated with this program

Students can elect to take the international business classes as evening hybrid courses or as 100% online courses.

During regular on-campus operations, if a student is in the evening hybrid program, they can plan for international business classes to be held on Monday and Wednesday evenings for the first year in the program, and on Tuesday and Thursday evenings in the second year of the program.

Worker Friendly

This program is offered at times and in formats that meet the needs of working adults. This includes:

  • Online
  • Coursework is generally completed over the internet, within a quarterly timeframe, contact with instructor via email. Some courses may require limited on-campus visits.

Worker Friendly

This program is offered at times and in formats that meet the needs of working adults. This includes:

  • Hybrid
  • Hybrid courses provide students with the scheduling flexibility of fewer campus visits while covering the same materials as an equivalent class held entirely on campus. Hybrid classes usually have at least one on-campus meeting per week combined with a "virtual classroom" with online content, lessons and activities.

Worker Friendly

This program is offered at times and in formats that meet the needs of working adults. This includes:

  • Evening
  • Courses with a start time of 4:00 PM or later.


Course Course ID Credits Availability

The International Business B.A.S. curriculum includes a major internship component. This course is designed to prepare online BAS students to find and secure appropriate internship positions. Students will develop tools which include knowledge of resources, searching for opportunities, writing targeted resumes, creating professional online profiles and practicing interviewing skills. Prereq: enrollment and good standing in the International Business B.A.S.

CWE 494 1.0

In completing an internship, Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) students apply knowledge from BAS classes to an outside workplace environment. Students write learning objectives, complete internship documentation, participate in online discussions, prepare oral presentations and write reflection essays. Hybrid sections meet twice on campus. See Instructor notes for dates/times. Students may register for CWE 495 two times. Credits variable (1-8). Each credit equals 33 internship work hours.

CWE 495 8.0

This course lays the foundation of the global business environment- varying political, economic, and legal environments, globalization, international organizations, and regional integration. Students also explore the cross-cultural environment- the dimensions of culture, cross-cultural communication, motivation, leadership, and negotiation. Global human resources will also be studied.

IBN 301 5.0

This course examines the fundamentals of marketing within a global context Students learn the impact of economic, cultural, political, legal and other environmental influences on international marketing. They analyze international marketing cases, considering product, pricing, placement, and promotion. Students learn from lectures, discussions, international case studies, and group projects.

IBN 302 5.0

This course enhances the awareness of ethical issues connected with international corporate decision making. It provides students with business strategies and frameworks needed to analyze and resolve ethical problems through case studies and shared dialog. An analytic section introduces concepts including corporate social responsibility and the moral decision making processes.

IBN 303 3.0

Operations Management (OM) introduces processes that convert resources into goods/services and extends these to suppliers, distributors, and customers. The course offers an overview of operations, including operations strategy, system and process design, lean manufacturing/continuous improvement, global supply chain, production and workforce planning, inventory and materials management, and quality improvement.

IBN 310 5.0

This course will examine common legal issues and risks that affect business transactions in the global marketplace. Students will learn the international legal framework, methods of resolving disputes (including litigation, arbitration, and mediation), joint ventures, trade agreements, international sales contracts, intellectual property issues, international labor matters, and risks of foreign direct investment.

IBN 311 3.0

This course focuses on the international financial environment. Students study the risks of doing business in a global environment and tools available to minimize those risks. Foreign exchange and political risks, working capital management, long-term investments, financing and accounting controls are examined. Familiarity with spreadsheets is needed.

IBN 320 5.0

This practicum provides students practical experience in a language/culture they've been studying, and may be fulfilled through various means: through an educational excursion to a country speaking that language, working or volunteering in a non-profit or business that primarily communicates in that language, or other means. Prerequisite: Enrollment in the International Business BAS program.

IBN 350 5.0

This course focuses on project management using the traditional approach of planning, scheduling, monitoring, and control within the broader global context. The course will cover the basic methodologies and tools of the project manager, the technical and management challenges he/she may face, and the strategic perspective of project management within the global environment. Prereq: Acceptance into the International Business BAS program.

IBN 401 5.0

This overview course shows how businesses use information technologies and systems to achieve company objectives in operations, product development, decision-making, and customer relations -helping them attain competitive advantage. Students learn about many issues facing organizations: infrastructure, security, business intelligence, networking, the Internet, telecom, wireless, enterprise applications, e-commerce, and ethics.

IBN 402 5.0

Overview of the international entrepreneurial process, examination of the marketplace, and discussion of successful business strategies. Product/service selection, selling and marketing strategies, and sources of information and assistance are addressed.

IBN 410 3.0

This course examines the fundamentals of business strategy development within a global context. Students learn to consider the impact of external environmental influences together with the constraints of an enterprise's internal strengths and weaknesses to develop a global strategy that competes in a competitive business environment.

IBN 420 5.0

Explores strategies, topics, and concepts to develop research practices for Bachelor's level study. Focuses on in-depth investigation of the organization, retrieval, and evaluation of professional and discipline-specific digital and print information sources. Prerequisites: Enrollment in a Seattle Colleges BAS program and completion of ENGL& 101.

INFO 300 3.0
Course Course ID Credits Availability

Course Substitute : CMST& 205 - Multicultural Communication ( 5 credits ) or HUM 105 - Intercultural Communication ( 5 credits )

Recommend course is: CMST& 220 - Public Speaking

Getting started with confidence; topic selection and research; preparation and delivery of informative, persuasive, special occasion, and other presentations. Prereq: Placement into ENGL& 101. Transfer class.

CMST&220 5.0

Covers the concepts of production, consumption and distribution with emphasis on price determination, production costs and market structures. Application of economic reasoning to public issues and business. Required for economics and business administration majors. Prereq: MATH 098 or equivalent. ENGL& 101 recommended.

ECON&201 5.0

Intro to the macroeconomic measures in the economy: GDP, unemployment and inflation. Examines monetary and fiscal policies and their effects on the interest rate and inflation. Covers economic growth and business cycles. Required for economics and business administration majors. Prereq: MATH 098 or equivalent. ENGL& 101 recommended.

ECON&202 5.0

Course Substitute : ENGL& 235 Technical Writing ( 5 credits )

Continuation of the composition sequence with further instruction and practice in the writing process, concentrating on critical reading and writing techniques needed for the preparation and completion of documented essays. Prereq: ENGL&101.

ENGL&102 5.0

Course Substitute : MATH& 141 - Pre-Calculus I ( 5 credits )

Preparatory for Business Calculus MATH& 148 (formerly MAT 117). Polynomial, exponential, logarithmic, and rational functions with application to business settings. No trigonometry. A graphing calculator may be required by some instructors, which is available in the Math, Science & Social Division for a $5 non-refundable deposit. Prereq: MATH 098 with a 2.5 or better or placement exam. Transfer class.

MATH 116 5.0


one course - see advising for course list


must include at least 5 credits of lab science


Course Substitute : Global Studies

any US or GS designated course - see advising for course list


May take any approved VLPA courses if student is proficient in a non-native language. Must receive approval from program director.


Total required Elective credits includes 25 credits from Program Prerequisites - as listed and notated above, excluding ENGL& 101 - and 35 credits as noted below

Course Course ID Credits Availability

Learn to use Excel, a spreadsheet program that enables you to create worksheets that allow you to enter, calculate, manipulate, and analyze data such as numbers and text; create charts, graphical representations which give you data visual impact. Use Excel as a database to manage and organize data, to search for specific data, and to select data that meets particular criteria. Recommended: Familiarity with computer usage or successful completion of BUS 169 or IT 101. Computer lab fee required.

BUS 124 5.0

Any 100 and 200 level college credits not counted as General Education credits.
(commonly fulfilled by accounting / business courses from associate degree)