Recognizing the role of the United States in world affairs and the importance of international operations to American business enterprise, this major offers a combination of basic business knowledge with an interdisciplinary study of international policies and practices. The curriculum is designed to help prepare students for positions in global business operations, government, or international agencies in the fields of economic development and international trade.
International business (IB) graduates who go directly into industry often start their careers in the domestic operations of an organization. Overseas assignments usually come after a few years with a company, although they may come faster if the student possesses specialized skills (e.g., language) needed by the company in its foreign operations. Alternatively, many opportunities exist domestically to advance to positions of coordinating global activities.
IB majors are encouraged to use electives to obtain depth in a field of business (e.g. marketing, finance, etc.) that will complement the international training and assist them in obtaining a first job. The International Business major is also appropriate for students who plan to pursue graduate studies in fields where knowledge of international business is beneficial, such as law, international relations, and public policy.