More businesses are becoming deeply involved in international activities, both in expanding overseas markets and in competition with foreign companies in their own markets. The International Business (BSBA) degree at Appalachian State University provides students a sound understanding of international business principles coupled with language training (Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian, Spanish or other approved language) and first-hand international experience. Students graduate prepared for success, with an enriched understanding of business in a global economy.
The major is cross-disciplinary, leveraging expert faculty from all functional areas of the Walker College of Business to teach and mentor students in the program. Students who choose this major generally are interested in working with people from other cultures and in gaining a global perspective of how business works across cultures. Those considering this program should possess leadership, communication and human relations skills, as well as openness to other cultures and a desire to travel.
Employment: Due to the dynamic curriculum and foreign language experience, graduates are well-prepared to enter the work force, often training for overseas positions. Employers include:
- SEA Corp
- Wells Fargo
- Financial Independence Group
- Schneffler Group
- XPO Logistics
- Vanguard Group
Graduate School: Some graduates continue their studies with graduate-level course work at other major universities.
This major requires a language minor. Choices are Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian or Spanish. Arabic or Portuguese may be chosen if upper-level language courses are taken abroad.
Suggested additional minors are International Business, Supply Chain Management or Entrepreneurship.
Engagement Outside the Classroom
- International Business Student Association (IBSA): Expands student knowledge of global business and awareness of international issues; students serve as ambassadors of Walker College of Business International Programs and International Business within the university community.
Appalachian is committed to introducing students to different cultures and teaching them how to live and interact in a global society.
Student in this major must participate in an international experience approved by the Walker College of Business. The experience must have a duration of at least 10 weeks, normally in a non-English speaking country.
Requirements for declaring a major within the Walker College of Business are detailed here.
- Students must participate in an international experience of at least 10 weeks, normally in a non-English speaking country.
- A language minor is required.
- Appalachian has bilateral exchange agreements with universities in more than 25 countries, including Australia, China, France, Germany, United Kingdom, South Korea, Vietnam, South Africa, Mexico, Russia, Brazil, Chile and Argentina.
- The BB&T Student Leadership Center offers consultation to all business majors on choosing a career, preparing for interviews and exploring internships and employment.
Boone and Hickory*
*The Hickory Campus location is pending accreditation from SACSCOC for this program. Accreditation is expected in summer 2023.
- Foreign banking
- International investments
- Export/import trade
- International law
- Public/foreign service
- International non-profits
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Dr. Martin Menzar
Associate Dean for Global and Civic Engagement
Ms. Meredith Church Pipes
Global and Civic Engagement Specialist