A bachelor's degree in international business opens the door to positions throughout business and industry anywhere in the world! Our online degree program will give you a comprehensive understanding of business from a global perspective.

    About The Program

    Format: Online or On Campus


    A Northern international business bachelor's degree graduate is prepared to lead, problem-solve, plan, evaluate, advise and organize in a global setting. In this program, you’ll take courses that will develop your understanding of diverse human values, motivations and relations.


    International business students gain unique experiences through Northern's study abroad opportunities. Combined with our foreign language requirement and core coursework, you’ll acquire an appreciation for foreign cultures and learn how to interact and succeed in multinational business operations.


    Northern also offers a popular four-week study-abroad opportunity to take intensive Spanish courses in Santiago, Chile.


    Dual-Degree Option Available

    Now, Northern is offering an online dual-degree option that will allow you to obtain both an International Business degree and a Spanish degree in only four years! Having a business background along with Spanish language skills will prepare you for careers in a variety of national and international workplace settings. LEARN MORE about this new online option!


    Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs, blue letters beneath an orange pyramid


    The Bachelor of Arts in International Business Studies is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs.


    An international business degree not only prepares you for an exciting global career; it also offers essential business background for students who’d like to continue their studies in foreign languages, global geography, government and more.


    Common career opportunities for graduates include foreign sales representative, international management consultant, translator, import/export agent, international financial manager and management analyst.  


    NSU School of Business students are counseled by advisers and instructors on potential career paths, as well as internship and post-graduation employment opportunities.


    For more information on careers in your major or help choosing a major, contact the NSU Career Center.


    NSU's International Business program, offered online and on campus, supports career readiness through internships that give you a chance to apply your skills in the workplace. NSU students have interned in diverse areas of business, including administration, programming, banking, marketing and accounting. 


    The NSU School of Business shares internship opportunities through postings and on-campus presentations and interviews.


    NSU students pursuing an international business degree can apply for NSU School of Business scholarships and other scholarships.


    Business Scholarships

    NSU Scholarships

    Contact Information

    For more information about this degree, offered online and on campus, contact Jennifer Bengs or call 605-626-7725. Or, contact NSU Admissions at 605-626-2544 or admissions@northern.edu.

    I received my B.B.A. in business administration from Iowa State University and my M.A. in English from University of Central Missouri. As a military spouse, I lived across the U.S., Germany, and Japan, and encourage others to explore and experience the amazing world around them. I thoroughly enjoy helping students discover and plan for their futures: to see them grow into confident, always-learning Wolves!

    Doctorate in Business Administration (D.B.A.), Management, Anderson University

    Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), University of Mary

    Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, Economics emphasis, University of Jamestown


    Dr. Amber Henderson joined Northern in the fall of 2015. 


    Research Interests


    Cross-cultural Leadership

    Organizational Commitment


    Group Decision-making


    Dr. Henderson is also an honored member of the eighth cohort of Native Governance Center’s Native Nations Rebuilders. Her other recent accomplishments include the 2021 NSU Sanford Faculty Professional Development Award, National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development’s 40 Under 40 Award (2018), Salzburg’s Global Forum Young Cultural Innovator Fellow, and…

    Ph.D. in Economics, Columbia University, concentration in Macroeconomics and International Finance

    B.A. in Economics, University of California, Berkeley


    Dr. Lee joined Nothern State University in fall of 2001 and is an economics faculty member.  


    Research Interests

    His research interests include macroeconomics economies, international trade, and the international monetary system. He has published articles in peer-reviewed journals and recently completed a book, "Keynes’s Economics: Common Sense," to be published soon.


    Dr. Lee has received grants from organizations including the state of South Dakota, the Bush Foundation, and Nora Staael Evert Foundation.  


    He is affiliated with the American Economic Association, Western Economic Association International, International Economics and Finance…

    Doctor of Philosophy, Finance, 1996, University of Kansas

    Master's, International Economics, 1988, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

    Bachelor's, General Economics, 1986, South Dakota State University


    John E. Peterson joined Northern's faculty in fall 1992.  

    Doctor of Business Administration in Management, George Fox University

    Master of Business Administration in Management and Strategy, Western Governors University

    Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Political Science, The College of Idaho


    Dr. Sal Villegas joined Northern in the fall of 2020. Before teaching, he spent the nearly two decades in the finance and banking industries, where he managed multi-million dollar portfolios, dozens of employees, and thousands of clients. He is well-versed in business-to-business networking, sales, credit, and service.


    Research Interests 

    Dr. Villegas’ research interests include organizational power, business ethics, human resource management, and networking/reciprocity. In practice, one of his greatest interests is working with entrepreneurs to turn their ideas into viable businesses…

    Doctorate in Business Administration (D.B.A.), Marketing, Anderson University, Indiana

    Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), University of South Dakota

    Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, Marketing emphasis, Dakota Wesleyan University


    Hannah Walters joined Northern in fall 2012. 


    Courses Taught


    Marketing for e-Commerce

    Marketing Management

    Integrated Marketing Communications

    Consumer Behavior

    Marketing Research

    International Marketing.



    Walters research focuses on ethical issues in marketing and consumer behavior, specifically the ethicality of targeting women based on body shape and size. She has also conducted research and published multiple papers on the perception of liberal arts education in business.