A Career Guide for the International Business Major

International Business majors learn basic business management techniques and practices. They also study how business is conducted in other countries and between different countries. Students examine financial systems, government policies, cultural differences, production, management styles, and other issues affecting how business is conducted abroad.

The International Business major provides a foundation in accounting, marketing, finance, and management. The major includes courses with an international focus to enable students to analyze information about businesses in other countries and to think globally when making business decisions. Students will examine how money and capital (equipment and other goods) move within and between countries; how technology is transferred between various countries; and what management skills are practiced abroad. Students learn to analyze the international economic scene, study competition and interdependence, and evaluate cultural differences. They may study how to sell U.S. goods abroad or how to evaluate the strength of investments in different countries.

An understanding of politics and government is the key to the study of International Business. Most programs require students to master a foreign language and study abroad for an academic year, a semester, or a summer. Students gain professional expertise to enable them to operate in an international business environment while gaining a greater understanding of their own and other cultures.

The following Interests and Aptitudes/Qualities are associated with or needed for success in the study of this major.

  • Other cultures
  • Adventure
  • World trade
  • Politics (foreign/domestic)
  • Foreign languages
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Negotiating/solving problems
  • Foreign travel
  • International affairs
  • Analytical/organizational skills
  • Open minded
  • Strong oral/written communication skills
  • Self starting
  • Adaptable/flexible
  • Computer literate
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Supervisory skills
  • Fluent in languages


Florida Atlantic University awards either the degree of Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) or Bachelor of Science to those students who complete the college degree requirements. In addition to University and college degree requirements, students seeking a B.S. in International Business must complete one year of a foreign language at a college or university. A grade of "C" or better is required in "Core" and "Major" courses.


The following are examples of positions often held by International Business graduates:

Brokers' Assistant
Quantitative Analyst
Export Sales Consultant
Foreign Service Officer
Program Developer
Government Work
Retail Executive
Human Resource Manager
Staff Economist
Recruitment Manager
Audit Accountant
Financial Analyst

Note: Some of the above professions will require advanced study or training.


For information about choosing a career, graduate/ professional school, internships or job descriptions, and for career library resources, contact:

Career Development Center
Boca Raton Campus - Student Services Building, Room 220 (SU 220)

Davie Campus - Modular G

Jupiter Campus - SR 110

For information about choosing a major and concentration and degree requirements, contact:

Barry Kaye College of Business
Boca Raton Campus, Flemming West, Room 102 (FW 102)

Davie Campus, Liberal Arts Building, Room 444 (LA 444)

Department of Management & International Business

The Career Guide series was developed by the Florida Atlantic University Career Development Center, Division of Student Affairs, the Office of Undergraduate Programs, and in cooperation with the Barry Kaye College of Business and Department of Management & International Business.

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