International Business Administration
Your degree in International Business will broaden your understanding of domestic and international markets. You’ll explore international trade within the context of culture, history, and politics while learning to apply global perspectives to basic business principles. You’ll develop approaches for problem-solving using critical thinking and today’s technology.
As an International Business major, you will also complete a foreign language component attaining proficiency in French, German, or Spanish. We also strongly encourage our International Business majors to take advantage of opportunities to study abroad—a fantastic way to learn about another culture while studying business concepts at a foreign university.
Gardner-Webb University’s Broyhill School of Management within the Godbold School of Business offers a unique educational environment producing business leaders who are equally committed to strong personal values and excellence in their work. Gardner-Webb is a Christian environment, and we believe in social justice, ethical decision-making, and intellectual honesty. Our graduates take these values to their workplaces and positions of leadership.
Our top-notch teachers are some of the best in the region with the credentials and the passion to provide you with a high-quality education. Business faculty members have professional experience in an impressive array of industries. Their areas of expertise include marketing, legal counsel, engineering, and senior management and nearly half have worked overseas, bringing a global perspective to the classroom. GWU’s small class sizes mean you’ll have one-on-one access to all this expertise in every class session along with the mentorship you’ll need to achieve your best.
The learning you’ll do as part of the Broyhill School of Management begins in the classroom but it doesn’t end there. Classes focus on problem-solving and interactive discussions exploring issues from all sides. You can build on these learning experiences with enriching extracurricular activities including participating in our active student organizations or traveling to national student conferences. You’ll also have the opportunity to travel the world through our study abroad programs, demonstrate your leadership abilities in our student organizations, experience high-adrenaline teamwork at our adventure course, take a week-long trip to New York City, and score an internship with a local company.
As an International Business major, you’ll be strongly encouraged to participate in a foreign study program through the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) or through Gardner-Webb sponsored programs abroad. While abroad, students will be advised to take one course from the Business Professional Component.
Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE)
SIFE is a global, non-profit organization bringing together more than 1,600 university teams in 20 countries. Through SIFE, you’ll develop leadership and teamwork skills while exploring principles of free enterprise. Gardner-Webb’s SIFE team helps students share their knowledge of market economics, entrepreneurship, personal and financial success, business ethics, and more through educational outreach projects. Find out more: Visit the SIFE webpage.
Delta Mu Delta
Delta Mu Delta is the international honor society for business majors, recognizing high scholastic achievement by majors in the Broyhill School of Management and offering career benefits for graduates. Membership is open to undergraduate juniors and seniors who are in the top 10 percent of their class with a minimum 3.8 GPA.
F. Keith Griggs Memorial Award
The F. Keith Griggs Memorial Award is available to all full-time undergraduate students of the Broyhill School of Management who are entering their final year of study. Students are to write an essay entitled “A Business I Would Like to Start” to be submitted and read by a committee. The committee awards a $500.00 scholarship for the winner to use during his/her final year of study.
Goals and Objectives
- To distinguish between domestic and international markets and apply basic concepts of international trade to culture, history, and politics
- To incorporate global and ethical perspectives across the curriculum
- To prepare students to be able to apply quantitative techniques, computer techniques, and other elements of critical thinking to managerial problem solving
Required Course Work
The Common Professional Component and the following courses:
Business Administration 360
Marketing 466 Political Science 401 (or 410)
Foreign language component described below.
The Foreign Language Component
Students must demonstrate proficiency in English plus one foreign language. Native English-speaking students must take six hours of an additional foreign language above the 201 level. If the student’s native language is something other than English, he or she must take six hours of business courses at the 300 level or higher as approved by the student’s advisor.
With a degree in international business you’ll be prepared to work for international firms, the state department, institutions, export/import banks, financial institutions, and a variety of other places.