The program of study for the International Business major develops business expertise and cultural breadth. Specifically, it includes:

Business — functional capability
Students take a concentration of 3 courses (9 credits) in a chosen functional area of business (accounting, economics, finance, management, marketing, or MIS) in order to acquire expertise in a specific area of business.
Business — international aspects
Majors also select 3 courses (9 credits) focused on problems specific to business in the international context.
Language/area studies
More than anything else, it is the ability to function effectively in more than one culture that sets the IB major apart. Students complete 18 credits of study related to a chosen region of the world. (Regions include: Asia, Latin America, and Western Europe, among others.) In addition to foreign language, these courses may involve study of the politics, history, business, culture, etc. of the target region. Please see International Business Areas of Study on the Lee Business School Undergraduate Advising page for a listing of specific courses satisfying this requirement for each region.

A more detailed description of the program of study appears in the Undergraduate Catalog Business under academic programs administered by the college. Information is also available from the LBS Undergraduate Advising Center.


For information regarding accreditation at UNLV, please head over to Academic Program Accreditations.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate third year language proficiency and cultural knowledge in the student's chosen foreign language
  • Demonstrate working knowledge of a chosen functional area of business
  • Explain the factors that determine international trade patterns and capital flows, and analyze their impact on global business operations
  • Identify the major components of culture and explain how cultural differences affect the conduct of business

Career Possibilities

A career in international business is an opportunity to grow your creativity, tenacity, and adventurous spirit. Some of the most popular career paths for individuals with a degree in international business include international relations, nonprofit work, language services, and journalism. Most entry-level positions in a variety of career areas begin within the United States with an opportunity internationally overtime and with experience.

Beyond a degree in international business, organizations are seeking candidates who speak multiple languages, demonstrate intercultural competency, sensitivity, and tolerance; have experience communicating with people from other countries, who have lived in and/or worked abroad, and have a strong understanding of etiquette and business practices in the country that they are doing business.

Below are sample opportunities in some of the most popular industries for individuals seeking careers in international business.

International Business Job Areas

  • Management
  • Human Resources
  • Labor Relations
  • Banking and Finance
  • Economics
  • International Development
  • Real Estate
  • Sales
  • Marketing
  • Product Management
  • Healthcare Administration
  • Agricultural Economics
Types of Employers
  • Domestic and foreign corporations
  • Multinational service firms
  • Global small and medium enterprises
  • Domestic and foreign financial institutions
  • International marketing firms
  • International real estate firms
  • International trade firms
  • Contracting and consulting firms
  • Convention and visitors' bureaus
  • International airlines
  • Transportation, travel, and hospitality industry

International Relations/Government Job Areas

  • International Law
  • Diplomacy
  • Foreign Affairs
  • Public Service
  • Institutional/Community Development
Type of Employers
  • United Nations
  • Relief organizations
  • Religious organizations
  • Non-profit organizations/corporations
  • Educational institutions
  • Consulting firms
  • Research institutes
  • Foundations
  • National Security Council (NSC)

Nonprofit/Government Job Areas

  • Human Services Provision
  • Public Health
  • Disaster/Disease Relief
  • Policy Development
  • Program Administration Program Evaluation Volunteer Coordination
Type of Employers
  • Private voluntary organizations
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • International organizations
  • Humanitarian services
  • Government agencies with an international focus
  • Relief organizations, associations, societies, research institutes
  • National Security Council
  • United Nations
  • Defense contractors
  • U.S. Peace Corps
  • U.S. Foreign Service USAID Armed Services

Language Services/Education Job Areas

  • Teaching
  • Curriculum Development
  • Interpreting
  • Translating
  • Research and Writing
  • International Student Support Services
  • Study Abroad Programming
Type of Employers
  • Public and private schools abroad
  • Community organizations
  • Federal government agencies
  • English language institutes
  • Overseas dependents’ schools
  • Religious and volunteer organizations
  • Colleges and universities

Journalism Job Areas

  • Foreign News Correspondence
  • International Broadcasting
  • Reporting
  • Editorial/Column writing
  • Investigative Journalism
  • Research
  • Photography
  • Freelance Work
Type of Employers
  • Foreign news agencies
  • TV networks
  • Large circulation newspapers
  • Wire services
  • Trade newspapers
  • Online publishers
  • Labor unions
  • Academic journals
  • International newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Museums
  • Self employed


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Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, International Business


Department of Marketing and International Business

The Department of Marketing and International Business (MIB) provides a professional orientation to education through coursework that emphasizes the theory and practice of marketing or international business. Marketing is an essential component of every organization, and our department's programs help open doors to career opportunities from advertising and retailing, to market research and public relations.


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