International Business, B.A.

Learn the knowledge and skills you need to succeed in the global workplace.

The international business major is structured uniquely to include substantial coursework in business, economics and a modern foreign language.

The major requirements are intensive and demanding, combining business and language skills into an interdisciplinary, 66-hour program. All the key elements of success in domestic business apply to international business: strong leadership skills, implementation of ethical behavior, expertise in the industry and adaptability to evolving technologies.

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Take the next step toward completing your Bachelor of Arts in International Business degree at Lenoir-Rhyne University.


Students may double major (with faculty advisor approval) within most programs in the College of Business and Economics by completing an additional 15 credit hours or more beyond the requirements for the first major. The double major furnishes you with exceptional preparation for business professions.

Qualified international business students interested in continuing a business education through graduate study can easily matriculate into Lenoir-Rhyne’s Master of Business Administration program. 

Through LR’s innovative Accelerated Master's Degrees program and Alumni Advantage, students who complete their undergraduate degrees at Lenoir-Rhyne University are able to complete their graduate degrees in shorter time and at significantly less expense (up to nearly half off the standard MBA degree at LR).

  • Learning Outside the Classroom

    International business majors must complete an extensive part of the program through appropriate study abroad in approved business curriculum.

    One of the exciting opportunities for this major is the requirement to have at least one-third of your major coursework earned through experiential learning that can be explored through transnational business internships, global business study tours, study abroad and/or further immersion studies in multicultural, language or international business. These opportunities add to the content learned in your coursework, which serves as the foundation for the experiential opportunities.

    In addition, international business majors have the many opportunities of other business majors to learn outside of the classroom through internships with local and regional businesses, corporations, and non-profit organizations.

    You gain firsthand experience working alongside experienced leaders and professionals in a wide range of business activities. Majors have access to the many out-of-class opportunities in business, including conference attendance, student organizations, alumni mentoring, and community outreach and research (working within a course or independently with a faculty mentor).

  • Career Opportunities

    Career possibilities are numerous, and an increasing number of businesses have foreign affiliations providing opportunities in manufacturing, finance and banking, sales and marketing, civil service, insurance and public policy. 

    International business leaders and managers are the compelling public faces of these companies. They act with business, global acumen and knowledge and cultural sensitivity to facilitate transactions that benefit both parties.

    In every sub-field of business—management, marketing, finance, accounting, and so forth—international opportunities exist for qualified business majors. The addition of a strong foundation in a non-native language along with the cultural immersion of study abroad experiences furnishes with valuable career preparation.

Jian Hilton

Since I started my education at Lenoir-Rhyne in summer 2018, I have been given many opportunities to expand my knowledge and experiences to help me grow.

Jian Hilton '20 International Business, MBA '21

Major Requirements

Transfer Policy

A student may transfer in the following:

  1. the common Business core courses except for  - Business Policy and no more than 6 credit hours from , , , , and .
  2. no more than 6 credit hours from the required major courses.


Students in the Charles M. Snipes School of Business & Economics may elect to pursue honors work. To be eligible for honors, students must:

  • have a 3.2 cumulative GPA;
  • have a 3.5 GPA in the major; and
  • have completed  and , ,  and  or have been invited to apply by the faculty of the Charles M. Snipes School of Business & Economics;
  • have successfully complete  and  as honors courses;
  • have successfully complete  concurrently with , which includes a specific business written analysis report and an oral presentation to the faculty of the Charles M. Snipes School of Business & Economics.

The program for the International Business major is structured uniquely to include substantial course work in Business, Economics, and a modern foreign language. Majors must combine the business skill with the language skill. The requirements are intensive and demanding. Career possibilities are numerous and expanding, and a growing number of businesses have foreign affiliations providing opportunities in manufacturing, marketing, and finance. The International Business major earns a B.A. degree. Course requirements for the International Business major are as follows:

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