In order to be successful in International Business you must be open to learning new
cultures and customs. Careers in this field involve a lot of travel and interactions with people of different cultures, therefore respecting traditions and customs is critical in order to do successful business. Being an efficient communicator is another critical skill needed for this major. Many students learn a second or third language to aid their business relations.
The International Business program provides a multi-disciplinary curriculum led by faculty with extensive international expertise, experience and backgrounds. Each course exposes students to the vast complexities of our changing world, and helps them to develop the skills needed to make effective business decisions in environments of increasing globalization, greater uncertainty and multiple perspectives. Graduates will be prepared to earn two internationally recognized professional credentials to add value to their resume: the ACTFL Language Proficiency and the Certified Global Business Professional designations.
A key outcome of the International Business program is the understanding of the impact diverse cultural backgrounds and life experiences have on the appropriate solution of business problems. The best way to learn this is to experience another culture first-hand. That’s why all International Business students are required to complete a meaningful, credit-bearing international academic experience. Options range from regular spring semester courses with an international travel component, to multi-week summer experiences, to semester-long exchanges at partner universities around the world and to international internships. Students will work individually with the college’s Director of International Business to decide which type of international experience will best meet their career and life goals. Scholarships will help defray travel expenses and are available from a variety of sources.
“I am so glad that I put my fear of flying on the back burner and signed up to study abroad. I gained international business experience by making a strategic recommendation to a foreign client, made new friends, and got to explore a breathtaking city. I tried new foods, used public transportation, and learned about how things are done outside of the US. It is 100% worth the cost and I highly recommend it to every student."
Dr. Ed Fenton
Director of International Business
Graduates in this major have a variety of career options such as: