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School of Business & Entrepreneurship

International Business

Why pursue an international business degree at North Central College? 

International business professionals use creative problem solving for work in specific economies, understand cultural awareness and are skilled negotiators. This program is designed to give you a comprehensive business core and an international edge in key business topics. At North Central, you will develop an instinct for what’s left “unsaid”. Differing communication styles and customs can greatly affect business transactions abroad, and international business associates are key to identifying miscommunication, relieving tension and closing multinational deals. No matter where you work from or what department you work in, the skills gained as an international business major are valuable to many organizations.

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN

  • Understanding other countries’ financial, sociopolitical, legal and economic systems
  • Working abroad to expand networks and gain cultural awareness
  • Combining business with cultural and linguistic immersion

then a degree in INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS might be for you.

Why study international business at North Central College?

In the Classroom

Coursework topics:

  • 11-course comprehensive business core
  • Education abroad
  • Global business, ethics & politics
  • International economics
  • International finance
  • International human resource management
  • International management
  • International marketing
  • Language courses
  • Leading in a global world

Beyond the Classroom

As an international business major, you can:

  • Simulate trading and access thousands of proprietary reports in the Bloomberg Finance Lab, equipped with ten dual-monitor workstations, Bloomberg Terminal software, and Bloomberg’s unique keyboards.
  • Become “Bloomberg certified” by completing a series of advanced financial modules in our Bloomberg Finance Lab.
  • Apply for internships and jobs through robust faculty and alumni networks or the Center for Career and Professional Development.
  • Travel, study and work internationally through our study abroad and international internship programs.
  • Learn about the fair-trade coffee import business through work in Guatemala.
  • Apply what you’ve learned to international entrepreneurial projects through student organizations like the Entrepreneurship and International Business Organization (EIBO) and Enactus.

More Department information

International Business, B.B.A.

International Business benefits students who aspire to developing a global mindset and are willing to confront situations and problems characterized by volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity. This major is for students who are interested in understanding global competitive dynamics, competencies and decision-making skills for multinational industries. International business graduates possess highly transferable skills attractive to international firms, state or federal agencies and non-government international organizations. Often domestic firms seek International Business graduates for their business, language and multi-disciplinary skills.

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Management and Marketing.

Common SBE Core

International Business Courses

One of the following:

International Business Minor

International Business benefits students who aspire to developing a global mindset and are willing to confront situations and problems characterized by volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity. This major is for students who are interested in understanding global competitive dynamics, competencies and decision-making skills for multinational industries. International business graduates possess highly transferable skills attractive to international firms, state or federal agencies, and non-government international organizations. Often domestic firms seek International Business graduates for their business, language and multi-disciplinary skills.

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Management and Marketing.

A minimum 24 credit hours, including:

Advanced Electives

Two of the following:

International Business Internships and Jobs

A North Central education integrates career preparation with rich academic study. Our faculty encourages you to refine and apply your knowledge in an interconnected world. Here you'll learn to think independently and work globally to solve problems and lead.

Internships

Students interned at the following organizations:

  • ALDI
  • American Income Life
  • Design Resource Center
  • Effortless English
  • Endress and Hauser
  • US Cellular

Careers

Recent graduates are employed with the following companies:

  • ABM Industries
  • Boeing
  • Clutch Global Logistics
  • Hendrickson International
  • Mars, Incorporated
  • McDonald’s
  • Nielsen Holdings
  • Radio Flyer
  • UPS Global Freight Forwarding

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Choosing the right college is a big decision. Don’t make it alone. North Central’s admission and financial aid team is here to help you design a financial aid solution that works best for you and your family.

Merit scholarships, grants, loans, campus employment - these are just some of the resources available to you. Over 95 percent of students and 100 percent of all eligible students receive aid. Let our team partner with you in finding the best value for your education.

Learn more about financial aid and costs for North Central College

Apply to North Central College

Interested in earning your international business degree? The first step to becoming a North Central student is reading the application instructions specific to you. Find out everything you need to know about applying by selecting the group you belong to below.