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About the International Business Program

Built upon the core business curriculum, the international business program educates and equips students to work effectively in a global business environment. In addition to business knowledge and skills, students will develop and assimilate cultural understanding and language proficiency that increase their ability to function in a global business environment. They will also choose a track of study within the major to increase their marketability. Students will engage in an overseas practicum. Though not mandatory, students are highly encouraged to participate in a semester abroad program approved by the international business faculty. A Christian perspective is emphasized throughout the program.

The international business program also draws faculty from various disciplines such as Advertising and Public Relations, Entrepreneurship, Political Economy, and Sociology.

Why should you choose SAU’s international business program?

The program at SAU integrates the best of the business coursework with international business core courses, enriched by the study of cultural communications (or anthropology) and international relations (or economics) offered by various departments outside the Gainey School of Business. Students will develop (or demonstrate through standardized tests) their proficiency in a foreign language and gain working experience in a global business environment through their practicum. Depending on the career interest of the students, they will also add a track of study to further develop technical skills and/or knowledge in that field. The international business faculty can help you design your coursework to fit your specific needs. Students are strongly encouraged to participate in a semester abroad program to broaden their cross cultural preparation while strengthening their language skills.

CP Federal Credit Union Trading Center

Our academic building, The Poling Center for Global Learning and Leadership, includes the CP Federal Credit Union Trading Room, which trains students for series seven certification, Bloomberg equities and Bloomberg fixed income products. The trading center features:

  • 20 dual-monitor computers for students
  • An electronic wrap-around ticker
  • A large LED financial data board
  • A large LCD screen for teaching
  • A LCD screen for business news
  • A bank of four international clocks
  • A Bloomberg terminal
  • A specialized teaching bunker
  • Continuous financial news feeds

Courses, Course Descriptions, and Tracks

Students taking the 71-hour international business major choose one of seven tracks: economic development, entrepreneurship, finance, management, marketing, missions, or political economy. Within the international business program, students study such subject areas as principles of accounting, finance and economics, foundations of leadership, microcomputer applications, business law, argument and persuasion for business, strategic management and marketing principles, as well as courses specific to their track. A 29-hour international business minor and a 17-hour endorsement are also available.

View the course requirements and layout for each track, course descriptions, a sample four-year plan, as well as learn more about the international business program at Spring Arbor University in the undergraduate catalog

Career Opportunities

If you are interested in meeting people from different cultures, traveling to foreign countries, taking risks, accepting challenging assignments, this program may be what you have been looking for. The program will prepare graduates primarily for one of the three career paths: 1) working domestically or globally for a business or non-profits, 2) self-employed entrepreneurs engaging in international business and 3) combining business and biblical principles to advance God’s kingdom.

Some graduates might also pursue a career in the government sector, working domestically or globally. Possible careers in international business include: international consultant, international market researcher, international purchasing agent, international finance manager, international sales manager, international logistic manager, international economic development manager, international business operators, international human resources manager, etc.

To learn more about how Spring Arbor helps its graduates prepare for a career, visit our career development section.

On-Campus Opportunities

Within the Gainey School of Business, there are a wide range of opportunities for students to get involved, apply what they’re learning in the classroom in a practical way, and meet students who have similar passions. Here is a list of just some of the opportunities available:

SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise): SIFE is an international organization that encourages students to use the skills they are developing to pursue business-related projects that will improve their respective communities. Students from a wide range of majors and academic departments participate in SIFE projects. This is sponsored through the Gainey School of Business.

Let’s Network (event): This event is designed to help students find summer internships or jobs after graduation. Students have the chance to connect with small businesses, human resource organizations, corporations, and local companies that are looking for talented, skilled people.

Social Etiquette Dinner (event): As students look to graduation, they are invited to participate in the Social Etiquette Dinner that happens every February, where an expert leads students through a formal dinner, instructing them on the dos and don’ts of dining in a professional setting. This is a service offered through the Career Development office.

Student Government Association (SGA): The Student Government Association serves as a liaison between students and the University. They also coordinate many of the events on campus, organize various student groups and ensure that the student voice is heard loud and clear across campus. Visit the SGA website.

Communidad Aqua Viva: This Free Methodist church for Spanish-speaking residents of the Jackson area was established in 2003 through the work of Spring Arbor students and residents of Jackson. The church offers students an opportunity to minister to the Hispanic people of Jackson as well as provide opportunities to practice speaking Spanish.

Spring Break Mission trips: During Spring Break, a handful of mission teams gear up and hit the road to minister to and serve people around the country and abroad. For information, contact Steve Newton at

Model Arab League (event): Model Arab League is an event sponsored through the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations in which students learn about the politics and history of the Arab world as they study a particular Arab nation and then prepare to “represent” that nation at a mock Arab League summit. Every year, SAU sends a team to the Model Arab League convention held at a participating Michigan university. Learn more about the political economy major and the political science minor.

Law and Politics Society: LPS is a non-partisan student organization that wants to educate students about government and political issues and get them involved at a local, state, or national level. Visit the Law and Politics Society website.

Multicultural and Intercultural Student Organizations: Students of any color or background are celebrated and supported on Spring Arbor University’s campus. With over ten organizations dedicated to fostering a dialogue between various ethnicities and promoting multiculturalism on SAU’s campus, there is something for everyone. Visit the Intercultural Relations website. See a full list of the various activities and organizations available to students at Spring Arbor University.