The international business major provides students with a general understanding and appreciation of global business and economic environments, various cultures, and diverse values. This interdisciplinary program combines liberal arts studies and professional education. As such, the program has its roots in disciplines dealing with the basics of behavioral studies, with theoretical structures and with empirical analyses. The program provides a foundation for understanding current and future business and economic conditions.
An increasing share of local, regional, and national economic activities are attributed to exports, imports, trade in intellectual property and technology-intensive products, U.S. investment abroad, and foreign investment in the United States. These patterns of business activities require personnel, both at home and abroad, with a solid academic base for dealing with the changing concepts, practices, and integrated international business organizations. In addition, such personnel must have an in-depth understanding of other nations, languages, and cultures. The program includes opportunities for students to obtain part of their education in foreign universities such as in UNLV’s Turin, Italy, program.
The international business major also prepares students for advanced degrees in areas such as business administration, public administration, law, economics, and other social science and liberal arts disciplines. Students earning the major in international business may earn other business majors by completing the respective requirements.