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School of Business

International Business

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School of Business

International Business


  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Undergraduate

144 - 149 credits

required for program

PSEO/Early college online classes

144 - 149 credits

144 - 149 credits

required for program

PSEO/Early college online classes

Apply business principles within the context of other cultures and languages. Be a light to the world through the open doors of business. The international business program combines business and intercultural studies to prepare you to conduct business over geographical and cultural borders.

Why study international business at Northwestern?

You have the option to add a graduate degree to your experience at Northwestern by enrolling in the Bachelors/Accelerated Master's degree plan.

You can travel abroad and gain global experience with other business students studying around the world. You will fulfill an international internship experience of three to six months and add real world experience of business and cultural training to the classroom.

Northwestern’s program equips you to be an international business professional, but also gives you a biblical worldview to share the gospel with those around the world.

Our business classes regularly visit and have guest speakers from local corporations within the Twin Cities to experience a variety of business organizations—Fortune 500 companies, entrepreneurial start-ups, and non-profits. Many business classes incorporate case study discussions to analyze real-world application of business principles.

At Northwestern, our small classes enable faculty to personally engage with you and pass on insights to thrive within a business environment, prepare for graduate programs, and serve the Lord in any profession. With campus so close to downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul, students can take advantage of opportunities at Minnesota's many multinational corporations.

If you have an interest in business with an appreciation for other cultures, the ability to learn a foreign language (Spanish or Chinese is recommended), and are interested in a career with multinational organizations that offer opportunities to travel, this might be the right degree for you.

What will you learn?

You will learn to think critically, work as a team, and make sound business decisions.

Some classes include:

  • Cost Accounting
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Human Resource Management
  • International Business
  • Operations Management
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...our business students learn to incorporate their faith into their work and to serve as the ethical compass. Because of this, they go into the business world with a foundation on which to approach not only business decisions but personal and social issues as well. This is in stark contrast to worldviews that reject absolute truth and the submission to a higher purpose.
Philip Vierling

Careers in international business

There are a variety of career and academic pathways that begin with a degree in international business.

What types of work are related to this degree?

  • Account representative
  • Advertising executive
  • Appraiser
  • Bank manager
  • Export sales representative
  • Financial analyst
  • Financial planner
  • Foreign affairs specialist
  • Foreign exchange trader
  • Global sourcing specialist
  • International account representative
  • International buyer
  • International consultant
  • Marketing specialist
  • Product manager
  • Purchasing agent
  • Quality control auditor
  • Sales analyst
  • Stock broker

Who employs people with this degree?

  • Businesses of all types with branch offices in other countries
  • Domestic businesses whose clients are in other countries
  • Banking/financial institutions
  • Christian organizations
  • Health organizations
  • Insurance companies
  • Large corporations
  • Not for-profit organizations
  • Museums/the arts
  • Social agencies
  • Small business
  • Financial services
  • Manufacturing
  • Retail/wholesale
  • Transportation and global distribution
  • Federal and state government
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of international business students found employment

99%

of seniors are able to discuss their major through a biblical worldview

60%

of internships result in job offers

Preparing for a Career

College graduation rates continue to increase each year making competition for jobs even greater. Set yourself apart from the crowd with the following strategies for getting started, networking, and gaining experience.

Strategies for success:

  • In addition to your internship, internationally oriented employment and summer jobs will enhance your marketability.
  • Participation in study abroad will help improve your global cultural awareness.
  • Entry-level positions are generally in the U.S. with mid-level positions involving some international travel. Corporations typically hire employees with the most experience or skills set for overseas work.
  • Develop linguistic skills. Learn a second and third language.
  • Gain experience in communications with people from other countries. Get involved with the international student community on campus.
  • Develop a good understanding of etiquette and business practices in country of target.
  • Obtain daily papers in target city to determine international and national news, business features, real estate markets, and community calendars.

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