The international business major emphasizes international business, international economics and other global courses, combined with in-depth language study in Chinese, French, Italian, or Spanish.
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Associate Professor of Economics; MBA Program Director
Associate Professor of Economics and Director of the International Business Program
Chair, Economics Department, and Associate Professor of Economics

The B.S.B.A. in International Business prepares students to function in entry- and mid-level positions in firms actively engaged in trading across international borders, or to begin a career in the international civil service or international legal profession. This program, conducted in cooperation with the Modern Foreign Languages Department, seeks to prepare the graduate culturally and socially, as well as professionally, for this rapidly expanding field of employment.

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Course Requirements
B.S.B.A. in International Business
B.S.B.A. in International Business
Degree Requirements Credits
Major Requirements 79-81
University Core Requirements 50
Electives 5-6
Total 128
Requirements for B.S.B.A. in International Business
Requirements for B.S.B.A. in International Business
Course Course Title Credits
ACC 2010 Financial Accounting 4
ACC 2020 Managerial Accounting 4
BUA 1050 Practical Excel for Business 1
BUA 2000 Business Career Boot Camp 1
BUA 2990 Business Communications and Professional Development 4
BUA 2991 International Business Communications 1
ECO 2030 Principles of Macroeconomics 4
ECO 2050 Principles of Microeconomics 4
FIN 3010 Financial Management 4
MGT 2220 Principles of Management and Organizational Behavior 4
MGT 3280 Operations and Supply Chain Management 4
MKT 2110 Principles of Marketing and Personal Selling 4
MTH 1310 / MTH 1410 Applied Mathematical Concepts for Business or Calculus 4
STS 2610 / STS 2910 Business Statistics and Analysis or Introduction to Statistical Analysis with SAS Applications 4
Take these international business courses:
ECO/GBS 4430 Comparative Economics 4
MKT 3750 / MKT/GBS 3850 Marketing in Spain 4
Select one more international course from the following list:
BUA/GBS 3100 Global Business 4
ECO/GBS 3460 International Economics 4
MGT 4050 Global Logistics 4
OR A different pre-approved international business course abroad 4
Take 1 of the following language tracks:

Chinese track for the major in International Business (21 credits)

* The Chinese track is not designed for native speakers of Chinese. For a functionally equivalent option, it is recommended that native speakers of Chinese choose another language track or the business administration major with a global commerce minor.
CHI 1013 Chinese Calligraphy and Phonetics 1
CHI 2010 Intermediate Chinese I 4
CHI 2020 Intermediate Chinese II 4
CHI 2050 Oral Communication 4
CHI 2080 Grammar and Composition 4
CHI 3180 Chinese for Business 4
French track for the major in International Business (20 credits)‡

* Native speakers of French should usually take the Civilization and Business language courses, and 8 more credits in French (for example, literature courses). Please consult with the Department of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures.
FRE 2010 Intermediate French I 4
FRE 2020 Intermediate French II 4
FRE 2130 Readings in French 4
FRE 3030 / FRE 3040 / FRE 3080 Culture and Civilization of France or France Today or Francophone Cultures outside of France 4
FRE 3180 Business French 4
Italian track for the major in International Business (20 credits)

* The Italian track is not designed for native speakers of Italian. For a functionally equivalent option, it is recommended that such students choose another language track or the business administration major with a global commerce minor.
ITA 2010 Intermediate Italian I 4
ITA 2020 Intermediate Italian II 4
ITA 2040 / ITA 2050 Conversation or Reading and Composition 4
ITA/GBS 3030 Italian Culture and Civilization 4
ITA 3180 Business Italian 4
Spanish track for the major in International Business (22 credits)†

* Native speakers of Spanish should probably take Business Spanish and a Civilization course and 8 more credits in Spanish (for example, literature courses). Please consult with the World Languages Department.
SPN 2010 / SPN 2011 / SPN 2015 Intermediate Spanish I or Spanish for International Service or Spanish for Law Enforcement 4
SPN 2020 Intermediate Spanish II 4
SPN 2130 Hispanic Cultures: Intermediate Reading and Conversation 4
SPN 3050 / SPN 3930 / SPN/GBS 3940 Hispanic World Today or Cultures and Civilizations of Spain* or Spanish-American Culture and Civilization* 4
SPN 3180 Business Spanish 4
‡ The credit hour total for this major track is reduced by 8 for students who place at or above the FRE 2130 level.

† The credit hour total for this major track is reduced by 8 for students who place at or above the SPN 2130 level.

* All SPN courses in this category have prerequisites of SPN 2130 with a grade of C or higher, and SPN 2140. The courses SPN 3930 and SPN/GBS 3940 have additional prerequisites of junior standing, and one previous 3000-level Spanish course.
(The credit hour total for this major is reduced by 8 hours for students who place at or above the FRE 2130 or SPN 2130 level.)

* Business majors should complete BUA 1050 by the end of their sophomore year.

** BUA/GBS 3100 and MKT/GBS 3850 are part of the study abroad program.

Important Notes

1. At least 50% of traditional business credit hours in this major must be completed at High Point University. Traditional business subjects include courses with the following prefixes: ACC, BUA, ECO, ENT, FIN, MGT, and MKT.

2. Students are encouraged also to consider internships, undergraduate research, or independent study in business, beyond the standard requirements.

3. It is recommended that students take PSC/INR 2710 and a world religion course as part of their general education courses.
Career Opportunities
Competitiveness in today’s business environment often requires business executives and managers to think and act globally. An education in international business combined with second language proficiency is increasingly important for both international and domestic business success.

Our international business program emphasizes international business and economics, as well as foreign language study and other global courses such as political geography and international relations. International business students are encouraged to take complementary courses in business administration, economics, the humanities, and the social sciences to expand their global understanding and to gain a greater knowledge of related issues.

Important skills emphasized in the International Business Program include written and oral communication, marketing, teamwork, second language competency, people skills, cultural diversity, and world geography.

International business students are encouraged to complete an internship relating to their area of study. International business students should visit Career and Professional Development to learn more about job interviews, job openings, and resumes.

A degree or concentration in international business prepares students to function in many entry- and mid-level positions in firms actively involved in business activities across international borders, or to begin a career in the international civil service or international legal profession. Your career accomplishments, however, relate just as much to your interests, work effort, and job skills as to your academic major. Majoring in international business is excellent preparation for those who wish to pursue graduate study in business, economics, or law. An international business major or concentration provides a strong background for those seeking an MBA.

Examples of career fields relating to international business include the following: international marketing specialist, international product manager, international sales analyst, international financial analyst, international customer liaison, international stockbroker, purchasing manager, and export/import manager.

HPU International Business Majors have accepted these positions:
Student Outcomes
Sarah Shields

  Post-graduation plans: Shields will be attending University of Virginia School of Law to pursue a Juris Doctorate. Name: Sarah Shields Hometown: Erie, Pennsylvania Major: International business with a minor in French and Francophone Studies Most impactful mentor at HPU: “I am grateful for many mentors at HPU. Dr. Stoutner was an incredible advisor for…

Blake Jones
Qualtrics

  Post-graduation plans: Jones joins Qualtrics as a sales development representative where he works on finding clients that could benefit from their experiential management software. Name: Blake Jones Hometown: Marietta, Georgia Major: International business and marketing with a minor in Spanish How HPU helped you get there: “The classes, experiential learning and their professional development…

Isabella Robino
LUISS Guido Carlo (Rome, Italy)

With another successful Commencement behind us, High Point University graduates are commencing prestigious career paths around the world at Fortune 500 companies, international service programs, public school systems, top-tier law, medical and graduate school programs, and many other esteemed organizations thanks to their journey at HPU. Here’s a glimpse of one extraordinary senior from the…

Amalie Packard
Ellrich, Neal, Smith and Stohlam, P.A.

Name: Amalie Packard Hometown: North Palm Beach, Florida Year: Class of 2022 Major: International business with minors in Spanish and accounting Internship: Packard worked with Ellrich, Neal, Smith and Stohlam, P.A. as a tax intern where she filed payroll and sales tax forms for businesses and both personal and business tax return extensions, in addition…

Emiliano Martinez-Don
Merrill Lynch

With Commencement just around the corner, future High Point University graduates are already preparing to commence prestigious career paths around the world at Fortune 500 companies, international service programs, public school systems, top-tier law, medical and graduate school programs, and many other esteemed organizations thanks to their journey at HPU. Here’s a glimpse of one…

Carly Garr
NBC GolfNow

With another successful commencement behind us, High Point University seniors have kicked-off prestigious career paths around the world at Fortune 500 companies, international service programs, public school systems, top-tier law, medical and graduate school programs, and many other esteemed organizations thanks to their journey at HPU. Here’s a glimpse of one extraordinary senior from the…

Nia Rainer
Greenwich Village Chelsea Chamber of Commerce

Name: Nia Rainer Hometown: Queens, New York Year: Class of 2022 Major: International business with a minor in Spanish Internship: Rainer worked for the Greenwich Village Chelsea Chamber of Commerce as the membership coordinator intern. In this role, she was responsible for recruiting members for the chamber and retaining the existing members. Rainer kept members…

Emiliano Martinez-Don
Merrill Lynch

Name: Emiliano Martinez-Don Hometown: Miami, Florida Year: Class of 2020 Major: International business with minors in economics and French Internship: Martinez-Don joins the Merrill Lynch branch of Bank of America as a wealth management summer analyst in New York City. He is compiling market research on potential investment opportunities, analyzing client account data, attending client…

  READ MORE INTERNSHIP PROFILES Name: Jennifer Urena Hometown: Danbury, Connecticut  Year: Class of 2020 Major: International business with minors in economics, finance and Spanish Internship: Urena is serving as a purchasing intern with the Volvo Group in Greensboro, North Carolina. She is performing various tasks to support purchasing managers, supplier quality engineers and day-to-day activities. Managing supplier…

Name: Caroline Tucker Hometown: Arlington, Virginia Major: Tucker will graduate with a B.S.B.A. in International Business, with minors in Economics and Spanish, on May 6. Post-graduation plans: Tucker accepted a position as an Area Manager at Amazon. In her position, Tucker will lead a team of Amazon Associates by motivating, mentoring and assisting the team to ensure safety, quality, attendance performance and…

Study Abroad
At High Point University, our emphasis on global perspectives is designed to provide students with opportunities to enhance their international awareness and to develop their cross-cultural communication skills. Study abroad is strongly encouraged as a part of this emphasis on global studies. With a variety of extraordinary options at some of the most prestigious universities in the world, students at High Point University are encouraged to study abroad as early as the summer after their freshman year. Employers are looking for more than just a degree; they want well-rounded individuals who have familiarity with diverse cultures, special skills, and knowledge of the world around them.
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