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BS in International Business


The world around us is fast changing and future business leaders need to meet new challenges every day. As new technologies bring international buyers and sellers closer together, opportunities expand for entrepreneurs, small business managers and multinational corporations. In addition,  it is critical that we-as voters, as future employees and as citizens of our increasingly globalized world- understand the pros and cons of this process.

What goes on outside of the United States affects us, and the better we understand it, the better we can operate within it. Recognizing the necessity of global awareness for success in today's business world, the Department of International Business at Quinnipiac prepares students for a wide range of careers in practically every field and type of organization: business, not-for-profit and government.

The major in international business is a passport to careers in multinational corporations both in the United States and abroad.

The program's mission is to offer a curriculum that helps nurture and develop students' abilities and interests. Students are exposed to a multiplicity of perspectives and challenged to develop a broad and inquisitive mindset. Concurrently, practical knowledge and skills also are emphasized through the active development of technical and business-related skills.

Students take extensive courses in business and complete a foreign-language requirement to prepare for work in a foreign country.

Internship and study-abroad options include Japan, China, Thailand, Israel, Greece, Australia, Western Europe and the Caribbean.

Curriculum + Requirements

The BS in international business requires the completion of 125 credits.

Business Core Curriculum (46 credits)

University Curriculum (37 credits)

International Business Core (21 credits)

Course Title Credits
IB 313 International Marketing Research 3
IB 320 Introduction to Global Entrepreneurship 3
IB 324 Negotiating Internationally 3
IB 335 International Finance 3
IB 345 Two-Way Management of the Global Supply Chain 3
IB 352 International Management 3
IB 401 International Strategy & Business Plan 3

International Business Electives (6 credits)
Choose two courses from the following:

Course Title Credits
IB 300 Special Topics in International Business 3
IB 311 International Marketing 3
IB 355 Advanced Topics in International Financial Management 3
IB 362 Cross-cultural Business Research Part I 3
IB 363 Cross-cultural Business Research Part II 3
IB 488 International Business Internship 3
IB 499 International Business Independent Study 3

Open Electives (15 credits)
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 12 credits available under electives. 

Minor
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; however, 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. 

 

Minor in International Business

Students who plan to minor in international business (18 credits) must take the following:

Course

Title

Credits

IB 201

Globalization and International Business

3

IB 320

Introduction to Global Entrepreneurship

3

IB 352

International Management 3 (fall)

3

Plus, choose three courses from the following:

Course Title Credits

IB 105

International Business Environment

3

IB 300

Special Topics in International Business

3

IB 311

International Marketing

3

IB 313

Marketing Research

3

IB 324

Negotiating Internationally

3

IB 335

International Finance

3

IB 345

Two-Way Management of the Global Supply Chain

3

IB 355

Advanced Topics in International Financial Management

3

IB 362

Cross-Cultural Business Research Part 1

3

IB 363

Cross-Cultural Business Research Part 2 (fall)

3

IB 488

International Business Internship

3

IB 499

International Business Independent Study

3

Educational Philosophy

The program's mission is to offer a curriculum that helps nurture and develop students' abilities and interests. Students are exposed to a multiplicity of perspectives and challenged to develop a broad and inquisitive mindset. Concurrently, practical knowledge and skills also are emphasized through the active development of technical and business-related skills.

This dual focus is accomplished through:

  • the development of an area of competence (ideally a minor) early in the program, with a broad range of options including in business (marketing, finance, etc.) and the arts and sciences (languages, political science, etc.);
  • specific functional courses (global entrepreneurship, international negotiation, international finance, international marketing and marketing research, international management, international strategy, global supply chain management) that provide students with the theoretical foundations needed for sound practical decisions;
  • a focus on developing key conceptual, analytical and practical competencies, including critical thinking, negotiation skills, global awareness and sensitivity toward cultural differences and ethical issues, commitment for lifelong learning, as well as technology-related abilities such as facility with the Internet and its many applications, and expertise in using spreadsheet programs and other business software;
  • frequent interaction with the local business community through adjunct faculty, guest speakers, participation in smaller projects for local businesses, field trips and international as well as domestic internships; and
  • hands-on experience with two certificate programs: export marketing and international purchasing.

Study abroad programs (two to four weeks as well as semester-long) offer the opportunity for immersion in a foreign country to better understand its language, history, politics, business and culture. All students are urged to take advantage of these possibilities, once they meet the necessary requirements (junior or senior status with a minimum GPA of 3.0). Quinnipiac offers semester-abroad programs in various countries such as Austria, Australia, England, Ireland, Italy, France, Germany, Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa and Spain. The University also assists students in seeking out opportunities in a broad spectrum of other countries. A growing number of students take advantage of internships while studying abroad, greatly enhancing their insights into those countries as well as enhancing their resumes.