International Business

          The objective of the international business concentration is to provide the student with a sound background in business administration combined with specialized courses in international business, economics, and political science. The program is designed to prepare students for employment in business firms that operate internationally or for graduate studies in international business and/or relations. Students are encouraged to take a history course with an international orientation as a core requirement. Many students choose to take a career development internship with an international focus.


International Business

  • POL 151                            Introduction to Comparative (3) OR
  • POL 161                            Introduction to International Relations (3)
  • Language 201                  Intermediate Foreign Language (3)
  • Language 202                  Intermediate Foreign Language (3)
  • Language 3xx                   Advanced Foreign Language (3)
  • Language 4xx                   Advanced Foreign Language (3)
  • ECO 434                            International Trade and Finance (3)
  • CIS 371                              Web Site Development (3)
  • Choose two of the following:
    • SAS 301                         Internship I (3)
    • BUS 376                         Intercultural Communication (3)
    • BUS 3xx or 4xx              Business Elective (3)
    • BUS 496                         Business Internship (1-3) 

It is recommended that the student choose two of the following to satisfy the theology college core requirement:

  • THL 261                              World Religions (3)
  • THL 345                              Religion and Culture (3)
  • THL 354                              Religion and International Politics (3)

Students may use LAN 101 or 102 (second language) in a study abroad program (e.g., SHC Italy Center) in place of courses BUS 496 or BUS 376 or approved upper-division business course.  It may be 3 or 6 hours, depending on whether LAN 102 is taken. American Sign Language does not satisfy the foreign language requirements of this concentration.            

Students are strongly encouraged to study at the SHC Italy Center for one semester, do an internship at a firm doing business abroad, and participate in a spring break immersion trip.

As an international business major at Spring Hill College, you’ll explore:

  • The impact of globalization on countries, businesses and their citizens.
  • The intricacies of international business management and finance.
  • The role of the World Bank, the World Trade Organization, and the International Monetary Fund
  • The political, legal, and economic environments of multinational organizations
  • How cultural values impact management techniques
  • International marketing strategy
  • The logistics of international trade and cross-border investments

By studying international business, you will learn about world cultures and societies, and be challenged to approach issues from different perspectives. These skills are increasingly valuable to employers faced with the challenge of opening and integrating multiple markets and achieving cohesion and collegiality in increasingly diverse workforces.