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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.

This might be the right degree for you if you

  • have an interest in business with an appreciation for other cultures
  • the ability to learn a foreign language (Spanish or Chinese recommended)
  • are interested in a career with multinational organizations that offer opportunities to travel

Why study international business at Northwestern?

Our program equips you to be an international business professional with a biblical foundation. 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 to your resume.

Our business classes visit corporations, entrepreneurial start-ups, and non-profits to experience a variety of organizations. We have 16 local Fortune 500 companies in the Twin Cities metro. Students take advantage of opportunities at many multinational corporations by interning or networking.

Our small classes allow faculty to personally prepare you for your career or graduate studies. Many business classes incorporate case study discussions to analyze application of business principles.

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

What will I learn?

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

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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

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

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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