Why study International Business at MC?

Are you ready to travel the world? Ready to experience life in foreign cultures? Ready to tackle the challenges of modern global business? All business today is global, or at least affected by global events, and so thinking globally is the first step in learning to navigate today’s competitive business world. You’ll be immersed in a curriculum that requires you to spend at least a full-semester abroad in one of more than 100 countries and to study, and hopefully, become fluent in, a foreign language. You’ll also study international politics, economics, history, religion, and culture, as well as all the business fundamentals of accounting, finance, management, and strategy. You’ll form close relationships with faculty that have lived and worked abroad, traveled widely, and who can enrich your education through project-based learning, hands-on application, and invaluable connections. Our International Business major meets the market demand for graduates with a global mind-set who are knowledgeable, highly skilled, and experienced.

Maryville College Works is a comprehensive career preparation program that is integrated into the College’s four-year liberal arts curriculum. Key components include assessment, advising, networking and professional experiences.

The Business Advisory Board at MC

Comprised of accomplished local business and community leaders, the Board meets twice a year to provide insight and input into the current challenges that organizations face in pursuit of success and effectiveness, particularly as those challenges relate to the knowledge and skill  sets required of prospective employees. In turn, MC faculty respond to those challenges through curricular innovation and reform. Each meeting involves interaction with current students (such as presentations), keynote speakers, roundtable discussions and workshops.

Meet a current student

Photo of Katherine ZacapaKatherine Zacapa ’20
Hometown: San Pedro Sula, Honduras

Inspired by her parents’ success as entrepreneurs, Katherine chose to major in international business because she believes it will help her build socio-intercultural skills important in the business world. Out of the classroom, she is the president of the Global Citizenship Organization and a member of
Study Abroad Ambassadors, the Latino Student Alliance and Society for Entrepreneurial Action. “As an international student myself, I understand
that there are plenty of ways to relate to people even if they come from very different backgrounds,” she said. “Plus, I love travel and culture!” Katherine’s goal after graduation is to work at a large company and get familiarized with corporate America. She has completed two internships at Pilot Flying J.

Outcomes of Recent Gradsclick or touch to open

Featured Graduate

Photo of Connar Benson-EpsteinConnar Benson-Epstein ’16
Currently: Senior Associate with Greater Sum Ventures

After graduation from MC, Connar went on to earn master’s degrees in international business and finance from the Hult International Business School. He studied at three of Hult’s campuses (San Francisco, Dubai and Boston) during an 18-month period. Connar said that he was “the guy who just got by” in high school but now strives for success in everything he does.
“I think MC taught me to be a student of life,” he said. “I don’t think any fresh grad can grasps the X’s and O’s of any job in the first year or two, but being a student of your profession, working really hard and looking at everything with an open mind will go a long way. Maryville helped me realize that.”

Peter CoatsPeter Coats ’09
Currently: Director of Client Solutions at Korn Ferry in Salt Lake City, Utah

As a student, Peter took advantage of numerous college sponsored opportunities to travel, work and serve. He worked with InsideOut Development, a leadership development company, for four years after graduation. Now with Korn Ferry, Peter helps organizations align talent strategy with business strategy. “Our research shows that the No. 1 quality to hire for is ‘learning agility’ or the ability to learn from experience in a consistent systematic way and then apply that learning to perform  successfully in new, first-time situations,” he said. “A degree in International Business from Maryville College does just that – it provides diverse, rapid-fire opportunities to gain experience in a variety of disciples, courses and countries that will separate you from other candidates competing for the same position.”

Job Placements

Brunswick Corporation
Korn Ferry
PerfectServe, Inc.
Radio Systems Corporation
Tokyu Livable

Graduate School Placements

Appalachian State University
Walker College of Business
Emory University Goizueta Business School
New York University School of Law
University of Tennessee-Knoxville Haslam School of Business
Vrije University, Amsterdam