A BUSINESS MAJOR WITHOUT BORDERS
Prepare for a world of opportunity.
ONE MAJOR - TWO OPTIONS
The International Business Major at McCombs offers two tracks for students looking for an business career that crosses borders. The Foreign Language Track drills down on a single geographic region and the Global Skills Track gives students the option to focus their coursework on a particular subset of business practices.
CAREERS WITHOUT BORDERSStudents graduating with an International Business major go on to a variety of careers, both international and domestic. From consulting and marketing, to education and government service, IB majors are prepared to go wherever their ambition takes them.
SUPPORT FOR IB MAJORSThe Center for Global Business understands that pursuing an globally-minded major isn't always a straightforward path. For that reason, IB majors are paired with members of the Center's Board of Advisors for mentoring and career development. IB Majors also receive individualized coaching from Center staff, designed to help them succeed on the path of their choosing.
THE INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE
The International Experience is at the heart of the IB major. Students gain direct experience in another culture by studying or interning abroad, and use the perspective and skills acquired throught that experience to inform their overall course of study.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What kinds of jobs can I get with an IB major?
Alumni who graduated with an IB are employed across industries and professions. Many choose to go into strategic consulting, marketing, management, and finance. Others pursue a career in the legal or hospitality professions. International business majors go wherever international business is taking place – and that’s just about everywhere.
What is the difference between two IB Major “tracks”?
Both Tracks require the McCombs core, as well as International Trade (IB 350), International Business Operations (IB 378), international business electives, and an international experience – either a study abroad or international internship.
The Foreign Cultures Track also requires the completion of geographically focused coursework including several semesters of foreign language, multiple cultural courses, and international experience in that region.
The Global Skills track requires two additional international business electives, and has room to customize the degree with coursework of the student’s choosing. Students often choose to add a business or foreign language minor to this major.
Do I have to study a foreign language as an IB major?
Students completing the Global Skills Track are not required to take a foreign language, although many choose to do so to varying levels of proficiency. However, student completeting the Foreign Cultures Track are required to achieve intermediate proficiency and to complete 6 upper division hours of language coursework.
What is a “Regional Focus” and how do I get one?
Students pursuing the Foreign Cultures track are required to focus their language studies, area studies courses work, and international experience on a single geographic region. This is typically defined as a country, but in some instances may be broader. Student choose their regional focus in collaboration with their academic advisor, typically when starting to plan their international experience.
Can I add a minor or second major to my IB major?
The Global Skills Track lends itself very well to a minor – or even a second outside (non-BBA) major – as there are 15 elective hours built into the degree plan. Students in the Foreign Cultures Track may opt to add a few classes to secure a minor in their studied language, or may double-major in cultural studies associated with their regional focus.
How new is the IB major? How big is it?
The International Business major was first offered in 1962, and has remained a small but critical part of the student body at McCombs. IB majors make up about 1% of undergraduates at McCombs, but are far greater than that in terms of impact. And the small size means that IB majors get a high level of individualized support, including a dedicated adviser, career coaching, and mentoring by members of CGB's Board of Advisors.
Who can I talk to about the IB major?
Students interested in the International Business major can schedule a time to meet with the Global Readiness Adviser anytime