About this program
A high percent of our graduates are either working or in a secondary education program six months after graduation (2015 Graduates from Quinnipiac Survey)
Percentage of International Business majors who report high gains in their ability to think critically & analytically (NSSE 2015)
International business is a vast field with numerous opportunities. As a graduate of our program, you may find yourself the international sales manager at a U.S. technology company, or managing the global supply chain for a major defense contractor. Your background could just as easily land you at a foreign embassy in Washington DC, where you may work with companies interested in increasing their international trade. Wherever you envision yourself, a degree in international business puts you on the path to an exciting and rewarding career.
Corporations, nonprofits and government agencies both in the U.S. and abroad need talented professionals with a knowledge of global markets and business trends, as well as the cultural sensitivity to work in diverse business environments. Our program teaches you how to effectively work with diverse populations, while building a strong foundation in international finance and marketing, global supply chains, international management strategy and international data sources.
Graduates of the program move on to careers in a range of specialties including, but not limited to: global supply chain management, marketing research, business development, financial analysis, and business consulting.
IB majors can graduate with two State-approved certificates: export marketing and international purchasing. As an IB major you will have the opportunity to complete full semester (fall, spring, summer) and/or short-term (1-3 weeks) study abroad programs. This experience will help you to develop cultural sensitivity and better understand the history, politics, business practices and culture of a specific region. Many students complete an internship while studying abroad in such countries as Italy, Argentina, China and Japan.
Collaboration with local businesses, as well as major firms in neighboring New York City, allows you to apply the knowledge you’ve gained in a real-world setting. Internships with companies such as Aetna, Johnson & Johnson, Deloitte, Sikorsky, and Perrier provide you with further experience and opportunities to network.
Curriculum and Requirements
BS in International Business Curriculum
The BS in International Business requires the completion of 122 credits.
|Business Core Curriculum|
|Complete the Business Core Curriculum||43|
|Complete the University Curriculum for School of Business||34|
|International Business Core|
|IB 313||International Marketing Research||3|
|IB 320||Introduction to Global Entrepreneurship||3|
|IB 324||Negotiating Internationally||3|
|IB 335||International Finance||3|
|IB 352||International Management||3|
|IB 345||Global Supply Chain||3|
|IB 401||International Strategy and Business Plan||3|
|International Business Electives|
|Select two of the following:||6|
|Special Topics in International Business|
|Advanced Topics in International Financial Management|
|Cross-cultural Business Research Part 1|
|Cross-cultural Business Research Part 2|
|International Business Internship|
|International Microloan Funding|
|Select 18 credits 1||18|
Students can choose any course they want. However, it is recommended that students choose open courses that could be applied to their minor. Note: Students placed in MA 107 have 15 credits available under electives.
All International Business students are strongly advised to complete a minor in any functional area of business (e.g., finance, CIS, marketing, management, etc.). In most cases, a minor can be completed without taking any extra courses by carefully planning the course selections.
Study Abroad Requirement
Students are required to study abroad, ideally for a semester but in special circumstances a shorter program is possible (e.g., J-term, Summer etc.). Please see the department chair if you have further questions. Foreign students are exempt from this requirement.
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Enrollment and Graduation Data
Enrollment and number of graduates
Number of international business program graduates:
- 2015-16: 20
- 2014-15: 27
- 2013-14: 26
- 2012-13: 18
- 2011-12: 28
Student enrollment in international business in 2015-2016: 84
Retention and graduation rates
- School of Business freshman retention rate: 83%
- School of Business 6-year graduation rate: 69%
- School of Business graduate placement rate: 98%
Median starting salary
Median starting salary for international business program graduates: $60,500