Charles M. Snipes School of Business & Economics
ABOUT INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS
LR’s 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. The International Business program equips students with the knowledge and skills they will need to succeed in the global workplace.
Qualified International Business students interested in continuing their Business education through graduate study can easily matriculate into Lenoir-Rhyne’s Master of Business Administration program. Through LR’s innovative Bridges to Dreams and Alumni Advantage programs, 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
The International Business major must complete an extensive part of her/his 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. Students 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, study abroad, alumni mentoring, and community outreach and research (working within a course or independently with a faculty mentor).
Career possibilities are numerous and expanding for International Business majors, and a growing number of U.S. and regional businesses have foreign affiliations providing opportunities in manufacturing, marketing, and finance. 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 the LR student particularly valuable career preparation.
Students may complete a major in International Business with a BA degree. Additionally, students may double major (with faculty advisor approval) within most programs in the Charles M. Snipes School of Business by completing an additional 15 credit hours or more beyond the requirements for the first major. The double major furnishes students exceptional preparation for business professions.