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International Business

International Business

In today’s global economy, all businesses—large and small—are affected by international competitors and events. Success in the global marketplace will depend on the ability of managers to understand the structures and processes that influence international business.

The international business major is designed to provide this understanding and to develop the needed competencies of global business leaders.

Graduates of the international business major are prepared to accept international assignments that arise during their career and pursue domestic postings that integrate a range of international and cross-cultural dimensions. These can include positions involving such activities as exporting and importing, international supply chain management, human resource management, international marketing and sales, international market analysis and entry, and work involving a range of governmental or nongovernmental organizations.

We know that there is no substitute for hands-on experience, so the Ohio University College of Business established the Center for International Business. We recognize that the best way to grow that knowledge is through international and cross-cultural business experiences.

Students that major in international business will graduate with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree (BBA).

Center for International Business

The College of Business has an entire center focused on international business, providing support for international business students at the undergraduate and graduate level.

From consulting programs to internships and career resources, to a student exchange program and visiting scholars, the Center for International Business offers programs in 13 countries.

Learn More About the Center 

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International Business Major Courses

View the International business Major profile page in OHIO's Undergraduate Catalog to see additional requirements, such as Individual Core Requirements or Introductory Cluster Requirements.

Required Courses

  • MGT 3600 - Introduction to International Business
  • MGT 3650 - International Market Assessment and Entry
  • MGT 4640 - Cross-Cultural Leadership and Management
  • MGT 4650 - Transnational Strategy, Organization and Leadership

International Business Area of Emphasis

Complete one of the following tracks: 

International Marketing Track

  • MKT 3580 - Professional Selling Techniques
  • MKT 3790 - Marketing Research
  • MKT 4410 - International Marketing


International Finance and Trade Track

  • ECON 3400 - International Trade
  • ECON 3410 - International Monetary Systems
  • FIN 4550 - International Finance

International Entrepreneurship Track

  • MGT 3700 - Introduction to Entrepreneurship —OR— ACCT 3770 - Entrepreneurial Accounting
  • MGT 3740 - Ideation and Business Models
  • MGT 3730 - Entrepreneurial Business Consulting

Potential Careers

81% of our 2021 international business graduates experienced positive outcomes such as employment or continuing education within six months after commencement. Many students have even accepted offers during their senior year.

Graduates of the international business major are prepared to accept international assignments that arise during their career and pursue domestic postings that integrate a range of international and cross-cultural dimensions.

Opportunities in international business might include positions involving activities such as exporting and importing, international supply chain management, human resource management, international marketing and sales, international market analysis and entry, and work involving a range of governmental or nongovernmental organizations.

Career Spotlight

Brian Gallagher

Assurance Associate, McGladrey

Brian is a recent graduate of Ohio University with a triple major in international business, accounting, and business pre-law. While attending Ohio University's College of Business, Brian participated in the Global Consulting Program, where he traveled to China and worked on a cross-cultural consulting team for an American outdoor apparel company looking to gain entry into the growing Chinese outdoor market. "Through observation of the competition, [and] extensive research, we developed a detailed report and set the stage for future client development by developing a three-year business plan with sales and marketing objectives," he said. "This project truly tested our abilities to overcome cultural adversity."

Brian has successfully passed all four sections of the Uniform CPA Examination and is in the process of becoming a licensed CPA in California. As an assurance associate at McGladrey, he is responsible for working with companies in many industries. His role is to understand client needs, assess risks and evaluate internal control structure, and draft financial statements. McGladrey is a leading provider of assurance, tax, and consulting services focused on the middle market with more than 6,700 professionals in 75 U.S. cities who service more than 100 countries with an expanding focus on providing international insights and best practices.

Student Activities

  • Global Consulting Program


    Prepare yourself for the challenges of the global business environment you will encounter upon graduation by working in a cross-cultural consulting team to solve authentic business problems abroad during the Global Consulting Program (GCP).

     

    Choose from among 13 exciting locations, each with its own rich cultural heritage and unique opportunities for hands-on learning in a global business context.

  • International Consulting Program


    The OHIO International Consulting Program provides students with significant hands-on experience that enables you to integrate theoretical and practical training in the process of analyzing and solving a significant business problem. You will have the opportunity to work with companies like Honda, Smucker’s, Cardinal Health, Rocky, and Preformed Line Products.

     

    As part of this program, you will be placed on a team of students for an eight- to 12-week consulting project with a host organization with operations in Ohio. You’ll work in culturally diverse consulting teams with a mix of U.S. and international students. At least two nationalities are represented on each student team, and may have up to four nationalities represented.

Student Organizations

AIESEC

AIESEC is the world's largest international student-run organization. We focus on empowering young people for the peace and the fulfillment of humankind potential through leadership experiences and global exchange opportunities. If you're passionate about applying your academic knowledge and skills to running a business organization that provides you and your peers with transformative, global leadership experiences, then this organization is for you. Please contact AIESEC@ohio.edu if interested in applying!

International Business Society

The main goal of IBS is to help members develop professionally in a fun environment by providing them with networking and volunteer opportunities, by discussing business practices all over the world, and by bringing in relevant, but most importantly interesting professionals as guest speakers. Our meetings are informative, relaxed and interactive. Everyone's input is valued!

Organization email: ouibsociety@gmail.com

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