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Major in European Business Studies [Business]

Description of Field

The Faculty of Business, through its Centre for International Business Studies (CIBS), and in cooperation with the Faculty of Arts, Department of Modern Languages, has developed this innovative and unique program. It is designed to produce Business graduates with all the functional skills required by the modern business world and couple that with language expertise in one or more of the languages of Europe and knowledge of the politics, history, economics and culture of Europe. The importance of the European Union to Canada for both international trade and investment opportunities is well known. Emerging opportunities in Eastern Europe combine with established patterns in Western Europe to provide a new and fertile area of study for the business student.

Career Opportunities

International firms are always seeking students with a functional fluency in a European language, combined with familiarity with the social, economic and political structures of Europe. Canadian firms with trading ties to Europe or with European operations frequently prefer the graduate who can be quickly comfortable dealing with European partners or environments.

Sequence of Courses

Year Two—Winter

Year Three

  • ★6 European required Arts courses (See Note 5)
  • ★3 International Business electives (See Note 4)
  • ★6 in language (See Note 1)
  • ★9 Senior Business electives
  • ★6 in free electives (See Note 2)

Year Four

  • ★6 European electives (See Note 6)
  • ★6 International Business electives (See Note 4)
  • ★9 Senior Business electives
  • ★9 in free electives (See Note 3)


  1. Students majoring in European Studies have the choice of several different language streams. Students must complete a minimum of ★18 in the same language. The availability of language courses varies from year to year and students must consult the Undergraduate Office for suggested course sequencing.
  2. Up to ★6 of the language requirements may be fulfilled by participation in an qualified academic exchange, international internship or work placement, approved international research project or international study tour related to the language of study. Contact the Undergraduate Programs Office for information on approved substitutes.
  3. Language Studies majors are encouraged to use their free electives, particularly in Year Three, to acquire broader skills in functional areas of Business. See section on Minors. Alternatively, they should choose from approved electives in (V).
  4. International Business Electives may be chosen from the following: ACCTG 442; B LAW 442 , B LAW 444 ; BUEC 342 , BUEC 442 , BUEC 444 ; FIN 442 ; MARK 442 ; SMO 417 , SMO 435 . BUEC 342  is recommended as a first course in an International sequence.
  5. ECON 323 , HIST 210 , MLCS 201, or POL S 260.
  6. European electives should be chosen from courses in culture, history, political science, economics and geography (Earth and Atmospheric Sciences) relating to their area of interest. As available and appropriate courses will vary from year to year, students should consult the Undergraduate Office for approval of European electives.


  1. Students with a declared major in European Studies may choose to do a minor in any subject area of Business. See Minors for Business Students  . Minors are recommended but are not required.
  2. Students with a declared major in another area may not do a minor in European Studies.