If you are interested in business and foreign cultures this may be the major for you. An international business major from University of Mary Washington may pursue traditional business careers or craft a major that’s less predictable. For example, if you study international business and minor in art, you might manage an art museum or deal in art.
Students majoring in International Business who complete all requirements earn the degree of Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Business Administration.
Areas of Study
As an international business student, you will graduate with a solid business education, but you also must be able to understand the importance and influence of culture on how people make decisions. The international business major is one of four majors offered within the UMW College of Business that lead to the bachelor of science degree in business administration. All business majors are multi-disciplinary degrees that require students to master concepts from across the business disciplines, which include accounting, business administration, business law, decision sciences, finance, management, and management and information systems.
A major in international business will help prepare you for jobs with multinational firms, domestic firms that import or export goods and services, public institutions such as the federal government and its myriad agencies, international charitable agencies, and environmental organizations. By carefully selecting course electives and experiences, you may find international careers in a host of fields, including traditional business paths (accounting, finance, logistics, management, MIS, marketing, and purchasing) or unique professions determined by your personal desires.
At UMW, you’ll find internship opportunities close to campus and in nearby Washington, D.C., and Richmond, Virginia. Intern positions include real estate, social media, advertising, marketing research and brand development, Chamber of Commerce communications, financial planning, and automotive business operations.
To be eligible for honors in international, you must have a 3.25 grade-point average in upper-division business administration courses and a 3.0 GPA overall. You’ll do a research project, write a thesis, and defend it before a faculty honors committee.
All business majors share a common core of 30 hours of business classes from accounting, business administration, business law, decision sciences, finance, management, management and information systems, and marketing. International business majors take an additional 18 credits in upper-level international business electives.
International business includes a semester abroad in marketing or business administration. International business majors also may benefit from upper-level classes in geography, economics, history, and political science.
Many scholarships are available for business majors.