What Is International Business?

International business includes all commercial activities that produce and distribute goods, services, technology, capital and/or knowledge among countries around the globe. Increasingly, businesses are hard-pressed to find professionals in any business area (for example, accounting, business analytics, economics, entrepreneurship, finance, human resources, information management, management, marketing and supply chain) with desperately needed international business experience.

Career Opportunities

International business graduates will help firms understand cross-border political, legal, economic, social and financial issues so they can succeed in a global economy. They will possess requisite knowledge and specialized skills and provide a worldwide perspective to help companies maintain high performance in the current and developing global business environment.

Because the Haslam international business program is a double major, requiring a second business major, career opportunities are expansive. With your international business degree, you will be uniquely prepared to add immediate value to multinational and international organizations, leveraging the technical skills of your functional major and in that applied discipline with the heightened ability to understand and contextualize the added complexities of international and cross-border work.

High School Preparation

High school students should follow a college preparatory curriculum and take their high school’s recommended courses in math, English and foreign language. Appropriate electives include any business courses, as well as courses in computer software applications and written and oral communication. The Haslam College of Business further encourages all high school students to:

  • Explore international business issues and opportunities,
  • Participate in student organizations and clubs
  • Advance their foreign language skills to the greatest extent possible
  • Volunteer in their community.

How Do I Major in International Business?

University of Tennessee, Knoxville, students have multiple options in pursuing the study of international business as their undergraduate major. All IB majors will earn a bachelor’s in business administration and will earn a second major in one of Haslam’s other functional business majors. Students must apply and be accepted into the IB major in the spring of their sophomore year. Applications will be accepted an evaluated in the spring of each year.

Business majors:
Business Analytics
Human Resource Management
Supply Chain Management

Foreign Language Collateral

International business majors will study abroad for a full semester and complete an advanced foreign language collateral in one of the following languages offered at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Languages offered:

Students must apply to the International Business major in the spring semester of their sophomore year to gain admission.

Information on the timeline to apply will be distributed to the Haslam community in the fall of each academic year. If you have questions or would like to learn more about the International Business major please contact:

Sara Easler
(865) 974-5078