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Center for Excellence in International Business & Entrepreneurship


Lincoln Hall 123A
1200 S. Jay St.
Aberdeen, S.D. 57401

Phone: 605-626-7721
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International Business Studies

Q: Why should I major or minor in international business?

A: Employability.
When companies are looking at candidates for employment or advancement, those with an international business education and experience are considered valuable human resources.

Most of the world’s businesses, large and small, have customers in more than one country. Over 95% of the world’s 6.7 billion consumers live outside the United States, so domestic businesses need specialists trained to operate in other countries. International trade accounts for more than 25% of U.S. economic growth and exports increased from $224 billion to $1.8 trillion over the last 25 years. Most of the largest and most successful U.S. firms get over half their sales and profits from international activities, but 96% of exporters are small and medium-sized companies. At the same time, the United States is the world’s largest economy, so foreign companies are always looking for local talent with international training to help them enter the U.S. market.
International business is fun if you like meeting new people and experiencing new cultures. Graduates discover the similarities that unify humanity are greater than the differences that divide. No news report or documentary can match being personally involved with other cultures.
Northern’s multidisciplinary curriculum combines a thorough grounding in transnational business theory and practice with foreign language and culture, creating a broad understanding of the international economy and the global marketplace. International business graduates prepare for positions in the public, private, and non-profit sectors (business, government, and international agencies).
The world’s economy is increasingly global. Demand continues to grow for individuals who understand the global context of business: from the logistics of international trade and cross-border investments to the cultural and ethical issues embedded in the practice of business around the world. Graduates will have learned 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 markets and achieving effectiveness with diverse workforces.
Potential Careers

• Export manager
• International sales and marketing executive
• Cultural adviser
• Import compliance specialist
• Travel director
• Community developer
• Diplomatic associate
• Importer
• Global consumer or industrial goods manufacturer
• Banking and financial service provider
• Travel and tourism operator
• Trade promotion specialist
• Development agent