At most universities, as an international business major you learn how to contribute to the success of a multinational corporation. But at Southeastern, you’ll not only be trained to serve the interests of companies, but the interests of people. You’ll be encouraged to apply your knowledge of business to improve lives in developing countries. A fisherman in an African country may need a small loan to buy a boat or nets to support his family. Applying your business know-how as part of a missionary organization could lead to a microfinance program that helps the fisherman and many others.
In addition to helping others, developing and applying business skills can strengthen the body of Christ. Many who go into missions have the gift of preaching or teaching, but equally essential are those with gifts in business and administration. They can improve the performance of missionary organizations or strengthen business institutions in developing nations. If God has gifted you with business acumen and a heart for other cultures, international business may be your calling.
Southeastern’s international business program begins with our Christ-centered liberal arts core curriculum, where you develop an understanding and appreciation of God and His creation, human creativity and reason, and our place of responsibility as stewards in the world God has made. As you forge links between what you’ve learned in the core and the more specialized courses in your major, our hope is that you also begin to relate all that you learn to your life and your faith.
Within the international business major itself, you will first acquire the tools to successfully run-or work for-a company. Our core business classes teach accounting, finance, management, leadership, ethics, and other vital subjects. After you master these fundamentals, you’ll take courses that will equip you with the knowledge to do business abroad. Our International Business class exposes you to the realm of political and legal factors that create risk in international ventures. In our International Financial Management class, you’ll learn how to calculate business risks associated with doing business in foreign currencies. And in our International Marketing class, you’ll learn to consider what is culturally appropriate in marketing in different countries. In addition to classes in business, international studies in world religions, communication, history, and other subjects will broaden your knowledge of foreign cultures and help you pinpoint places and fields to explore professionally.
To finish your training, you’ll participate in a minimum of a two-month international internship in which you’ll gain experience and an appreciation for political, social, and economic life in another country. As an international business major at Southeastern, you’ll have no problem interning with missionary efforts administered by Southeastern’s extended family of alumni and affiliates, including Assemblies of God World Missions and other Christian ministries.Students also may fulfill the international business internship by performing a two-month internship in their home country and gaining overseas experience. To satisfy the overseas requirement, students may study abroad through a Council for Christian Colleges & Universities program, participate in one of Southeastern’s Jerusalem studies programs, or spend two months living and traveling abroad. Students may also satisfy the requirement by participating in an approved missions trip that is at least one month long. The relationships and experience you gain through your international internship can lay the groundwork for your career abroad or in cross-cultural ministries.
Southeastern’s international business program will equip you to contribute to the business side of missionary programs for churches and other nonprofit organizations. It also will prepare you for jobs in logistics, marketing, franchising, auditing, and other functions that a multinational corporation may perform abroad. Graduates of our international business program have worked in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Europe. Others pursue graduate work, including study in international relations.