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.
In addition to a 53-hour business core, key courses include International Business Transactions and International Economics.
Electives include: Accounting & International Business, International Internship, Holland Fellows -International Business in China, Issues in Global/International Information Technology, International Economic Policy, International Business Finance, International Insurance Markets, International Entrepreneurship, International Human Resource Management, International Management, International Marketing, Supply Chain Technologies in a Global Environment, Global Supply Chain and Logistics
A minor in a language is required. Choices are Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian or Spanish. Suggested additional minors are 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.
- AIESEC: AIESEC is the world's largest student led organization and is established in over 100 countries. This club focuses on developing leadership skills as well as expanding students' worldviews and provides international internships and exchange, cultural events on campus, and leadership opportunities and development.
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 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.
Number of Students
Method of Delivery
On campus only
- Foreign banking
- International investments
- Export/import trade
- International law
- Public/foreign service
- International non-profits
Dr. Martin Menzar
Associate Dean for International Programs
Mrs. Meredith Pipes
International Programs Specialist