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Department of Management & International Business


photo of a management studentThe Department of Management and International Business offers majors in Management, Human Resource Management and International Business plus minors in Management, International Trade and International Business (for non-business majors). The College also offers a Master's of Business Administration with concentrations in Project Management and in Management, Innovation and Change.

Students can develop their leadership skills, extend their learning beyond the classroom and set themselves apart in the job market by getting involved in a variety of student clubs including the HR Club, The International Business Club and the Management Club.

Academic honor societies in management and international business also allow students to underscore their academic excellence and differentiate themselves to potential employers.

Department faculty also mentor students in all business majors by helping them to compete and excel in national case competitions in ethics, strategic management and the Society for Human Resources student chapter competition.




The Bachelor of Science in Business degree with a major in management provides a solid foundation for aspiring managers. Program highlights include:

  • Hands-on class projects in leadership and team functions
  • Project-based coursework in organizational change and development
  • Elective choices to allow programs tailored to individual needs
  • A faculty actively involved in scholarly activities and in the business and government communities
  • A strong internship program, which allows qualified students to receive managerial experience and receive college credit for the learning experience.

The HR major provides a solid foundation for entry into the HR profession. Program highlights include:

  • Faculty with extensive experience in the HR field
  • A strong internship program, which allows qualified students to receive hands-on experience in HR jobs and receive college credit for the learning experience
  • A senior project that requires students to create an HR policy and procedures manual for a Dayton region business. This project gives students the opportunity to apply their classroom education to a real-world situation.
  • Coursework in the exact competency areas necessary for successful career performance.
  • Scholarship opportunities that pay for the certification exam offered by the Human Resources Certification Institute.
  • Certification: By fulfilling the requirements established by the national Human Resource Certification Institute, HR practitioners can be certified as HR professionals. Certification requirements include education, experience, and a passing score on an exam that covers the major content areas of HR knowledge he following four areas.
  • HR Club - Our award winning student HR Club has been recognized as one of the top ten student chapters in the nation by the Society for Human Resources Management. Students also network with the local SHRM Chapter and the many graduates of the program throughout the region.

Our curriculum for our International Business program meets the critical need for business and government professionals who can assume leadership roles as the regional and national economy continues to grow from international trade. Our students gain the skills employers want including:

  • Applied foreign language expertise in a business context
  • Cultural knowledge and understanding
  • Skills in international business operations including market assessment, importing/exporting and international finance and accounting
  • a required international trade internship with hands-on experience further distinguishes WSU graduates from their peers.

The College also partners with business and government to assist area companies in expanding their international presence while developing future international business professionals. Programs include:

  • Student interns - IB majors work with businesses to improve existing international business operations or evaluate new markets abroad
  • Opportunities to network with international business professionals at events sponsored by the U.S. Department of Commerce Dayton/Cincinnati and the Miami Valley International Trade Association, European Chamber and more.

Career Opportunities

Student & Alumni Spotlights

Derick Whitt

'08 B.S.B. International Business

Even before I graduated, I had a full-time job offer with Procter & Gamble in Chicago. I was selected for the summer intern program with P&G the summer of my senior year. The interview process was intense. Out of about 650 initial applicants, 20 were selected from top schools such as Harvard, Carnegie, Yale, Duke, OSU, WSU, and other universities. I started as a Customer Business Development Specialist, working with hotels, food services, and other commercial industries, representing their Pro Line products. Since being with P&G, I have had received two promotions and help to manage the Duracell product line.

Justin Brackenhoff

'08 B.S.B. Business; '09 Management & HR Management

"This past school year I was the President of the Human Resources and Management Club. I led the HR Club to earning a superior merit award from The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) for the seventh consecutive year. I also led the Management Club to place second in the nation for small chapter performance from The Society for Advancement of Management (SAM). For the past three years I have been on the Management Student Advisory Board providing the Management Department with student input for improving the Management and HR programs."


Internships are an excellent way to extend your learning beyond the classroom and gain a head start in your chosen career field.  Internships can be completed for academic credit or not for credit.

Students who wish to earn academic credit for their internship, must first obtain approval from the designated faculty member for their major.  Details for earning credit for an internship in your major are outlined at the links below:

HR and Management Internships
International Business
Benefits for Students
  • Receive academic credit with prior approval from the designated faculty member for your major
  • May receive financial compensation from the internship employer
  • Identify a future potential employer
  • Gain real world experience
  • Explore careers in your major
  • Building a solid network of contacts with business executives
  • Gain an edge over individuals who have not had real world experience
  • Provide employers with fresh perspectives and valuable skills
  • Strengthen your resume
Benefits for Employers
  • Test entry level students for potential full-time employment
  • Gain fresh and leading-edge insights from interns with foundations in the latest business theory, concepts and best practices.
  • Recruit and evaluate talent at no cost for your organization


Management and International Business
100 Rike Hall
3640 Colonel Glenn Highway
Dayton, OH 45345-0001
Phone: (937) 775-2437