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International Business, BBA

The International Business (IB) track in The Jack C. Massey College of Business prepares students for working in the ever-changing global business market and fast-paced, cross-cultural world.

Why Major in International Business? 

In addition to the Business Tool and Core courses, IB students apply the following courses to their degree: three upper-level business courses in a discipline of their choosing; 12 hours of international business electives; 12 hours of upper level language courses (Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese or Spanish); and also spend one semester or full summer term abroad enrolled in an approved college or university academic program. We currently have partnerships with universities in several countries or can help you find a school in your country of interest!

Our IB faculty have diverse backgrounds and each offer unique perspectives based on their own international and multicultural experiences.

In addition to IB curriculum, Center for Global Citizenship creates unique opportunities for students to engage outside the classroom:

  • Ascend – student organization for inspiring global leaders
  • Global Summit Series
  • Global Executive and Alumni Spotlight
  • Global Town Hall
  • Meet the Author Series

Finally, each Belmont graduate has an opportunity to apply acquired knowledge and skills to a service-learning project in communities across the globe by applying for Lumos Award. The purpose of the Lumos Award is to transform the lives of young adults ages 18 to 26 by enabling them to embark on a self-designed international working adventure. Recipients explore, engage and immerse themselves in local communities for a minimum of 8 weeks in order to deepen their understanding of an issue, project or idea that impassions them.

What You'll Learn 

  • Theories and practices of international business
  • Organization of economic systems in the world’s major industrialized nations
  • Terminology, concepts and skills related to supply chain management
  • Overview of key trends and developments in international commerce as it influences the entrepreneurial sector of the economy
  • Differences between domestic and international marketing
  • Key financial markets and instruments that facilitate international trade and investment activity

Program Details


The international business major is a concentration within the Business Administration degree (B.B.A.). It requires a total of 128 credit hours of coursework:

  • BELL core requirements: 50 hours
  • Business courses: 33 hours
  • B.B.A. core technical requirement: 3 hours
  • Concentration area: 21 hours
  • Language requirement: 12 hours
  • General electives: 7 hours

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Courses You'll Take

INB 3300: International Business

An introduction to the theories and practices of international business. The course gives special emphasis to the impact of environmental forces on multinational firms and on management responses to changing international conditions.

INB 3800: Comparative Economic Systems

This course investigates the organization of economic systems in the world’s major industrialized nations. Through comparative analysis of social, private sector and governmental institutions, students learn the strengths and weaknesses of national economies. The economics of China, the European Union, Japan and the Commonwealth of Independent States are the primary areas of interest for this course. Particular emphasis is placed upon the impact of globalization in each economy.

INB 3810: Global Supply Chain Management

This course introduces students to the terminology, concepts and skills related to supply chain management. The study of supply chain management includes the management of key business processes, the flow of goods and information and relationships with fellow members of the supply chain. Students develop an understanding of the complexities of the movement of goods and information, and how they affect the mission of the firm. Discussions address the various processes and activities within an organization and how they interface with other members of a global supply chain.

INB 4200: International Entrepreneurship

This course provides students an overview of key trends and developments in international commerce as it influences the entrepreneurial sector of the economy. The course familiarizes students with selected theories and concepts of international business and the ways in which they affect entrepreneurial ventures. Students work on projects that examine the international dimensions of starting and growing an entrepreneurial venture.

INB 4310: International Marketing

The course explores the differences between domestic and international marketing. Marketing problems, opportunities and organization of multinational firms to serve transnational markets are examined. Government aids and impediments are discussed along with a framework for cross-cultural analysis.

INB 4330: International Capital Markets

This course analyzes the key financial markets and instruments that facilitate international trade and investment activity. The economic determinants of exchange rates in the major financial markets are studied and the financial tools and techniques used to manage exchange rate exposure by the firm are identified and explored.

INB 4400: International Economics

An examination of the special problems and issues surrounding the economic interaction of sovereign nations. Topics include gains from trade, patterns of trade, balance of payments, determination of exchange rates, free trade and protectionism, international capital markets and issues in international policy coordination.

INB 4700: Economic Growth and Development

A survey of contemporary economic theories on the determinants of national economic welfare with particular emphasis placed on overcoming the challenges confronting developing countries. This course provides a historical, socio-political, theoretical and institutional context for discussing poverty, wealth, capital accumulation and international aid.

PSC 2300: International Relations

A survey of the sub-field of international relations, this course gives special emphasis to political and economic factors that contribute to conflict and cooperation among nations.

PSC 2400: Comparative Politics

This course examines political, economic and social divergence between nations. As one field of political science, comparative politics attempts to identify patterns of divergence and determine their causes. A particular focus of this course is how differences in institutional arrangements across countries affect differences in outcomes.

PSC 3710: International Political Economy

This course examines how two different forms of organizing human activity, states and markets, interact on a global scale. Thus it focuses not only on international trade and the forces that drive it, but also the policies and institutions that attempt to control it; not only on the policies that attempt to control international trade, but on the forces that drive those policies. Prior instruction in economics is not necessary but would be helpful.

PSC 4320: International Law

A survey of public international law, this course focuses the nature of international law, its origin and capabilities and the actors involved. It then pursues these larger issues through specific topics in international law, such as laws of war, sea or environment.

Accelerated MBA 4 +1

The MBA-Accelerated (A.M.B.A.) program is a full-time M.B.A. designed for individuals with little or no full-time business work experience. Individuals admitted to the A.M.B.A. program begin course work in the fall term and complete their studies in the following summer - a total program length of 12 months from start to finish. Through active learning and scholarly exploration, the A.M.B.A. degree is designed to prepare students for entry-level administrative and managerial positions in both the private and public sector.  Students will be equipped with comprehensive business skills, analytical tools, and moral clarity to effectively manage diverse teams and lead organizations in today’s rapidly changing and dynamic, global business environment.

The A.M.B.A. is a non-thesis degree consisting of 36 hours, of which 30 hours are required core courses and 6 hours are elective courses that are chosen by the student.  M.B.A. elective courses may be related to a specific area (e.g. FIN, ETP, BSA, etc.) or may be independent of each other providing students with a broader point of view.

Whether you want to launch your own startup, consult with Fortune 500 companies or explore investment banking, you'll get an early start on building your career. As an Accelerated MBA student, you’ll enjoy small class sizes and outstanding faculty who bring industry experience to every class they teach. Classes meet four evenings a week on a full-time basis, giving you flexibility during workday hours to complete internships, graduate assistantships or part-time jobs. And you can complete the program in less than a year.

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Integrated Degree, M.ACC./B.B.A.

Belmont University’s integrated M.ACC. and B.B.A. degree program is designed to meet today’s needs of those wishing to make accounting a career choice. Today’s accountants must possess much more than just technical accounting knowledge; they must also have a broad understanding of various business activities and possess strong communication, intellectual, and interpersonal skills. In recognition of those additional skills most states, including Tennessee, have passed laws or issued regulations requiring at least 150 hours of higher education to sit for the uniform CPA examination. Also the AICPA requires new members to possess 150 hours of higher education. 

Increasingly, businesses are hiring new professionals who have master’s degrees. These include public accounting firms, manufacturing companies, and service providers in healthcare, finance, and insurance, as well as governmental organizations. Belmont’s integrated accountancy degree is a program which meets employer needs and provides graduates with exceptional career opportunities.

The integrated program is only for accounting concentration students in the Undergraduate School of Business Administration at Belmont University and is designed to be completed in a five-year time period.

Learn more about Belmont's MAcc program

The Jack C. Massey College of Business offers a variety of co-curricular leadership and learning opportunities to qualifying students in the form of student organizations and honors societies. Each organization has a faculty advisor, if not multiple, therefore, our students are able to network and collaborate with faculty both in and out of the classroom.

Student Organizations

  • Association for Information Systems
  • American Marketing Association
  • Business Student Advisory Board
  • Collegiate DECA
  • Enactus
  • Equity Trading Club
  • International Business Society
  • Society for Human Resource Management
  • Student Center for the Public Trust

Honor Societies

  • Beta Alpha Psi
  • Beta Gamma Sigma
  • Omicron Delta Epsilon
  • Sigma Nu Tau

A Global Perspective

As the workplace becomes more international in scope, a successful manager needs knowledge and skills that extend beyond the traditional business disciplines. Thus, Belmont’s Jack C. Massey College of Business places a strong emphasis on the global business community and requires all BBA degree-seeking students to complete an international business course. Global issues are also interwoven throughout other courses in the business curriculum.

In addition to classroom learning, all students in The Jack C. Massey College of Business are encouraged to participate in Belmont’s Study Abroad program. Business study abroad programs and exchange opportunities are available in numerous countries. Our students travel to six of the seven continents, immersing themselves in the language, culture and business of each country they visit.

Earn credit towards:

  • Major
  • Minor
  • General Education

Program length:

  • Academic Year
  • Semester
  • Summer
  • Maymester

Maymester is a 2-3 week study abroad experience during the month of May where Belmont students take advantage of tuition discounts and can sometimes earn up to nine credit hours. Maymester trips are led by Belmont faculty members, so students are able to further connect with their faculty in a meaningful way.

Immerse yourself in language, culture and business on a global scale by studying abroad. For additional information on Belmont’s study abroad programs, please visit our Center for Global Citizenship or Office of Study Abroad.

We are an innovative, student-centered learning community that prepares entrepreneurially, ethical and socially responsible future business leaders for the dynamic global economy.

We are committed to:

  • Relevant, interactive and experiential academic programs provided by faculty with diverse and extensive academic qualifications and professional experience;
  • Advising and mentoring students for career growth and development;
  • Impactful scholarship that advances the practice, knowledge and teaching of business and management;
  • Engaging the communities we serve through value-added relationships.

Organized in 1916, The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) is the premier agency for bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs in business administration and accounting. AACSB International accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide.

Fewer than 5 percent of the world’s business schools are able to adhere to standards that result in AACSB accreditation of their business education programs. A much smaller group, fewer than 2 percent of business schools (185) worldwide, have earned the separate, specialized accreditation for their accounting program.

Belmont University’s Jack C. Massey College of Business is the only private college or university in Tennessee that is accredited by AACSB International for our BBA and MBA programs, as well as our Accounting major and Master of Accountancy degree.

Career Possibilities

  • Customer Relations Representative
  • Global Sourcing Analyst
  • International Associate
  • Product Manager
  • Marketing Specialist

Alumni Testimonial

"My involvement in the CAT Financial Case Competition through Massey led to an internship, which led to a full-time job offer."

Evan Metcalf, Class of 2016
Nevada Territory Manager at Caterpillar Financial

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