International Business

Preparing students to thrive in a complex business environment

Offered through the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business, the goal of the international business major is to prepare students for business across national borders and in diverse cultures. Our mission is to provide students with the business acumen and cross-cultural awareness and experiences required to function effectively in a complex global business environment by adopting a multidisciplinary approach to learning.

The international business major advances that commitment and supports Elon’s educational mission by emphasizing the acquisition of business knowledge, the development of international management skills through hands-on learning and experiential activities, and the development of discipline, integrity and an ethic of service.

Comprehensive Curriculum

The study of international business at Elon begins with a solid grounding in the traditional liberal arts and sciences. This preparation is an integral part of becoming an informed, responsible and capable business leader. Coursework includes courses in a common core representing the functional business disciplines complemented by coursework with an international focus in the arts and sciences and a foreign language proficiency at the intermediate level.

The international business major builds on the foundation provided by the core curriculum in the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (B.S.B.A.) degree.  The core curriculum for the major includes studies in accounting, economics, management, marketing, and finance, which build upon each other as a student moves through the core curriculum. Throughout the coursework, students participate in simulations, case studies, action learning projects, and other activities that engage students in the learning process and provide an experiential learning environment. 

The core curriculum contains a capstone course, which pulls together each of the areas of study in the curriculum through simulation and classroom exercises that require students to draw upon their core curriculum coursework.  In addition to the core curriculum, students majoring in international business participate in a study abroad experience and complete three courses offered through the Love School of Business that focus on international economics, management and marketing as well as coursework with a global focus in the arts and sciences and foreign language proficiency. 

Excellent research opportunities

Research is a fundamental part of the international business curriculum. After gaining hands-on experience through individual and team projects, international business majors are encouraged to showcase their findings at Elon’s annual Spring Undergraduate Research Forum (SURF). In addition, international business students will be able to secure some of Elon’s most prestigious research grants, including the Lumen Prize and the Rawls Fellowship for Undergraduate Research.

Challenging fellows program

Exceptional high school students planning to major in international business are encouraged to consider Elon’s Business Fellows program, which offers study abroad grants, hands-on consulting experience, special courses and a guaranteed paid internship at a major company among other opportunities. Twenty-five Business Fellows are selected annually. Visit the Elon Fellows programs website for more information.

Expert faculty

As an international business major, you will learn from and work with dynamic faculty who bring academic and professional experience as well as creativity and enthusiasm to the classroom. They have deep roots in the business world and have earned a well-deserved reputation for excellence in teaching, scholarly engagement and service to their communities. They build close ties with students and are available to offer their assistance and expertise. They have earned numerous awards for excellence in teaching and mentoring, and have contributed to the field through their research and publications in major journals. The faculty also teach in Elon’s nationally ranked MBA program, providing students with a rigorous academic environment and constant exposure to current business practices.

First-class facilities

International business majors have access to and training in a range of state-of-the-art business technology. Students routinely conduct research, develop business plans and marketing strategies, and make presentations, getting hands-on experience with the same tools business professionals use.

The 60,000-square-foot Koury Business Center houses computer labs, research spaces, classrooms and breakout rooms designed to enhance group discussions and activities. The Koury Business Center includes the William Garrard Reed Finance Center, which provides real-time data from global financial markets; the Doherty Center for Entrepreneurial leadership; the Chandler Family Professional Sales Center; the LaRose Digital Theatre, which is wired for video conferencing and multimedia presentations; the LabCorp Suite for Executive Education; the James B. and Anne Ellington Powell Lobby; and the Wallace L. Chandler Fountain and Plaza.