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 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 necessary 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, you will be uniquely prepared to add immediate value to organizations, leveraging the technical skills of your functional major 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:

  • Advance their foreign language skills to the greatest extent possible
  • Explore international business issues and opportunities,
  • Participate in student organizations and clubs
  • 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, double majoring in international business with an accompanying 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.

Available accompanying 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:


General Curriculum

The curriculum coursework is divided into four components

  1. General education (58 hours)
  2. Pre-business core (17 hours)
  3. Business core (17 hours)
  4. Functional major (18 hours)

International Core


  • Global Capstone in International Business
  • Study Abroad
  • Advanced Foreign Language
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International Electives

12 hours from:

  • Special Topics
  • International Business
  • International Economics
  • Global Supply Chain Management
  • International Finance
  • Off-Campus Study
  • Special Topics in International Business
  • Managing People in the Global Environment

Other approved international electives may be taken in the semester abroad.

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:


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