Why pursue an international business degree at North Central College?

Here you’ll cultivate the “sixth sense” required to do business abroad—and that will make all the difference to your professional success. Of course, you’ll master core business practices, identify market trends, explore financial markets and more. But you’ll also develop an instinct for what’s appropriate in a given situation, for what’s being left unsaid and for the ways different communication styles and customs can affect business transactions abroad.

You may also:

  • Travel, study and work internationally through our study abroad and international internship programs.
  • Learn about the fair-trade coffee import business through D-Term work in Guatemala.
  • Identify job opportunities through faculty and alumni networks and our Career Development Center.
  • Apply what you’ve learned to international entrepreneurial projects through student organizations such as the Entrepreneurship and International Business Organization and Enactus.

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Curriculum for the B.A. Degree

The international business major is an interdisciplinary area that integrates five areas of study from a global perspective: business, modern languages, history, politics, and culture. Graduates may be employed by domestic firms operating internationally, by multinational firms doing business in the United States, by state or federal agencies involved with international trade and economic development, or by international organizations (United Nations, World Bank, etc.). Increasingly, even domestic firms are seeking International Business graduates for their business, language, and multi-disciplinary skills. Students interested in graduate study may pursue the M.B.A., an M.S. degree in international business, an M.S. degree in international relations and/or the J.D. degree.

Major Requirements

Common Business Core

  • ACC 201 - Accounting Principles I/Financial
  • ACC 202 - Accounting Principles II/Managerial
  • BEN 110 - Business and Society
  • BUS 135 - Introduction to International Business
  • BUS 205 - Introduction to Business Law
  • BUS 241 - Business and Economic Statistics
  • BUS 362 - Management and Organizational Behavior
  • BUS 368 - Principles of Marketing
  • BUS 475 - Business Strategy
  • ECN 250 - Microeconomic Principles
  • ECN 252 - Macroeconomic Principles
  • FIN 350 - Corporate Finance

International Business Courses

  • BUS 482 - International Management
  • BUS 488 - International Marketing
  • BUS 492 - Globalization, Social Responsibility, and Business
    • 3–6 credit hours of modern language study over and above the College requirement, with a minimum of three credit hours at the 201-level or higher
    • Nine credit hours achieved through study abroad

One of the following:

  • ECN 340 - International Economics
  • FIN 385 - International Finance

Two of the following:

  • GLS 492 - Seminar in Global Studies
  • HST 330 - East Asian Thought
  • HST 370 - Seminar in Global History
  • PHL 344 - Religion and the Political Order
  • SOA 363 - Mayas, Aztecs, and Their Neighbors
  • SOA 421 - Indigenous Peoples and the State

Curriculum for the B.S. Degree

The international business major is an interdisciplinary area that integrates five areas of study from a global perspective: business, modern languages, history, politics, and culture. Graduates may be employed by domestic firms operating internationally, by multinational firms doing business in the United States, by state or federal agencies involved with international trade and economic development, or by international organizations (United Nations, World Bank, etc.). Increasingly, even domestic firms are seeking International Business graduates for their business, language, and multi-disciplinary skills. Students interested in graduate study may pursue the M.B.A., an M.S. degree in international business, an M.S. degree in international relations and/or the J.D. degree.

Major Requirements

Common Business Core

  • ACC 201 - Accounting Principles I/Financial
  • ACC 202 - Accounting Principles II/Managerial
  • BEN 110 - Business and Society
  • BUS 135 - Introduction to International Business
  • BUS 205 - Introduction to Business Law
  • BUS 241 - Business and Economic Statistics
  • BUS 362 - Management and Organizational Behavior
  • BUS 368 - Principles of Marketing
  • BUS 475 - Business Strategy
  • ECN 250 - Microeconomic Principles
  • ECN 252 - Macroeconomic Principles
  • FIN 350 - Corporate Finance

International Business Courses

  • BUS 482 - International Management
  • BUS 488 - International Marketing
  • BUS 492 - Globalization, Social Responsibility, and Business
    • 3–6 credit hours of modern language study over and above the College requirement, with a minimum of three credit hours at the 201-level or higher
    • Nine credit hours achieved through study abroad

One of the following:

  • ECN 340 - International Economics
  • FIN 385 - International Finance

Two of the following:

  • GLS 492 - Seminar in Global Studies
  • HST 330 - East Asian Thought
  • HST 370 - Seminar in Global History
  • PHL 344 - Religion and the Political Order
  • SOA 363 - Mayas, Aztecs, and Their Neighbors
  • SOA 421 - Indigenous Peoples and the State

Additional Requirements for the B.S. Degree

  • CSC 140 - Fundamentals of Computational Problem Solving or higher-level CSC course MTH 152 - Calculus II
    • One mathematics elective beyond MTH 152 or one computer science course beyond CSC 140

One of the following:

  • ACC 307 - Cost Accounting
  • BUS 446 - Operations Research
  • ECN 445 - Econometrics

Curriculum for International Business Minor

Minor Requirements

The minor is designed for students having either a major or a minor in a foreign language or equivalent proficiency.

  • BUS 362 - Management and Organizational Behavior
  • BUS 368 - Principles of Marketing
  • BUS 482 - International Management
  • BUS 488 - International Marketing
  • ACC 201 - Accounting Principles I/Financial
  • ECN 100 - Economics of Social Issues (or ECN 250 and ECN 252)
  • ECN 340 - International Economics

Prerequisite Course

  • BUS 135 - Introduction to International Business

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Internships and Jobs

A North Central education integrates career preparation with rich academic study. Our faculty encourages you to refine and apply your knowledge in an interconnected world. Here you'll learn to think independently and work globally to solve problems and to lead.

Internships

  • Intern, Nexedi, Lille, France
  • Contract negotiation intern, Sourcebooks Inc., Naperville
  • Immigration assistant, World Relief, Aurora, IL
  • Finance advisor’s assistant, Smith Barney, Naperville
  • Marketing/promotional intern, Sourcebooks Inc., Naperville
  • E-commerce marketing intern, ULTA Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc., Bolingbrook, IL
  • Intern, Merrill Lynch, Oak Brook, IL
  • Intern, Sam’s Club, Batavia, IL
  • Intern, Wizdom Systems, Naperville

Careers

Recent graduates of international business include:

  • Chief financial officer, NeoPhotonics, San Jose, CA
  • Financial consultant, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Naperville
  • Web writer, Design & Promote, Chicago
  • Senior Brand Manager, Mars Wrigley Confectionery
  • CEO, Clutch Logistics

How to Apply

International Applicants must submit:

  • North Central College online application or Coalition Application.
  • Official secondary school transcripts that include at least 3 years of grades.
  • Official university transcripts with course descriptions (transfer applicants only).
  • Official TOEFL, IELTS, SAT, or ACT Scores (choose one).
  • Passport copy.

*North Central notifies applicants of their admission decision and scholarship award within approximately two weeks of receiving a completed application.

Priority Admission Deadlines:

  • Fall entry (August): May 1
  • Spring entry (January): October 1

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Program taught in:
  • English

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