At a glance: International Business
"My relationships with alumni, professors and students proved invaluable in allowing me to pursue my dreams. I know I would not be where I am today without these individuals in my life."
Stephanie Bell, BSBA ’08
Investment analyst, J.P. Morgan Chase Private Wealth Group, Chicago, Ill.
International business involves the study of global business issues in increasingly interdependent world markets. International business professionals understand the interlocking nature of culture, economics, exporting, finance, language, management and marketing.
IB minors participate in a four-credit-hour internship and a study-abroad program during their junior or senior year, or IB minors may participate in a study-abroad/ internship combination. This international-experience dimension helps broaden students’ international perspective and fosters understanding and appreciation of other cultures. Study-abroad programs provide unique opportunities for individual growth and intellectual development.
IB minors pursue courses that enable them to understand and analyze the nature and causes of change in the global market. Minors learn the nuances of international business and management, international trade and finance, logistics, import-export and services within private industries and various government and international agencies. The IB program requires a second course of study in a foreign language.
Opened in 2003, James F. Dicke Hall offers “smart” classrooms equipped with the latest instructional technology. Open computer labs have the latest hardware and software for student use. A cast-bronze polar bear greets visitors to the two-story glass faced atrium, known as the “Central Business District,” which also has a real-time stock ticker. Throughout the building, beautiful artwork graces the walls, and there are comfortable alcoves for informal gatherings.
The College of Business Administration has programs in place, including a full-time director of experiential learning, to assist students with internship acquisition, job placement upon graduation and student-employer networking events held in major cities.
Current trends in business globalization indicate that IB minors have a wealth of opportunities on a domestic and global scale. Career avenues include working for a U.S.–based company that does business abroad, traveling abroad to work as an expatriate, or working for various government and international agencies.