Global Business

Global Business is an extension of the traditional business major, emphasizing the study of multicultural environments, international business and global management.

It trains you to analyze problems on a global scale, and deal with local business challenges around the world by relating to customs, cultures and economies different from your own.

With globalization driving business large and small, an understanding of international business will give you a distinct career advantage in the future. Graduates go on to careers in international finance and banking, import/export, supply chain management and global marketing.

We offer a concentration in global business.

Doing Business in China

Students traveled to China with their professor for a May Term course to learn about cultural differences between China and the U.S. that results in different business practices.

Photo of Kristin TroianelloThe world of global business came alive for Kristin Troianello '15, while studying and interning in Italy. Troianello enrolled in an international marketing program at Umbra Institute in Perugia, Italy. She also interned for Pashmere, a family-run cashmere clothing company in Perugia. Troianello, alongside other interns, helped Pashmere by researching current and potential market trends and conducted a review of Pashmere's business operations.

Troianello said her Italy experience left her "more open minded and open to experience."

"I want to see the world now," she said. Her study abroad has cemented her focus in the international marketing and global business fields.

For the fourth consecutive year, The Princeton Review has named Roanoke College to its list of the top 36 great schools for business/finance majors.

Sample Course Offerings:

  • POLI 231: International Politics Student in a carriage in India
  • ECON 247: International Trade & Finance 
  • BUAD 333: Global Marketing 

Alex Tuck '05 | Founder of global non-profit

Photo of Alex Tuck

Alex Tuck '05 is the president and executive director of People Helping People Global, a Vermont-based organization that primarily focuses on micro-lending in Central America with a goal of providing the tools necessary to help people in extreme poverty.

"In 2009, I partnered with a small team of individuals to start a non-profit that focused on international development," Tuck said. "After many months of research and planning, we decided to make micro-lending in Central America our primary focus. We work with families where the members live on less than two U.S. dollars per day. The leaders of the families - typically single mothers - submit simple business plans and form lending groups. In April, we distributed our 500th business loan."

"One of the major reasons that I chose to attend Roanoke was the strong focus on service and community building," Tuck said. "The constant focus and opportunity to serve the community at Roanoke is a huge reason why I chose the path that I did with PHPG."

Our business students go on to exciting careers

Logos of: Boden, L'Oreal, IBM, IDB


Corporate internship and global studies inspire Dever’s career goal

At her Shell Oil internship, Kelsey Dever worked on the testing and pilot of the new mobile payment app, CurrentC.