International Business Major
What is International Business?
The objective of the international business major is to broaden your awareness and understanding of challenges faced by businesses in today’s global economy through diverse business courses and experiences.
Courses are designed to enhance the knowledge and skills developed in other business courses and provide proficiency in international business. The program builds on the core global business environment course and covers international aspects of accounting, finance, management, cultural differences, marketing, economics or law.
An international experience is required for this major. Lindner’s International Programs Office offers over 14 faculty-led short study abroad programs and over 8 semester–long exchanges with international partner universities. Options range from 3 credits for a one week intensive program overseas, to two-week 6 credit programs, to 15 credit semester-long exchanges. Another option for completing the international experience requirement is to participate in a co-op or internship work experience in a foreign country for a semester.
Real world co-op or professional experience: Students in the international business major benefit from a wide array of co-op experiences, both domestically and internationally. Students have co-oped with local Cincinnati-based firms that do business globally and have used their cross-cultural management skills to navigate buy, selling, sourcing and service from providers throughout the world. Students have also participated in co-op experiences in Germany, Chile, China, and Singapore that have enriched their global experience.
The international business major is a gateway to many jobs in the global economy that will compliment a second major or minor in another functional area of business. For example, completing double majors in international business and finance leads to opportunities in the field of international finance and banking. Integrating the IB major with the marketing major can provide experience in adapting projects, products and services for international markets. Combining an international business major with a language minor makes you marketable to many multinational companies.
Companies that have recently hired International Business students and graduates include Procter & Gamble, Toyota, GE and General Cable.