Whether you are preparing for a career in the U.S. or abroad, the practice of business has gone global. Understanding the dynamics of overseas business cultures and dealing with international issues is the key to success in many fields. Through the International Business major, you will develop business knowledge and skills that address the challenges and opportunities of today’s global economy. You will gain a solid business foundation strengthened by insight into the multinational elements of business practice, including communication, economics, finance, management, and marketing.
International Business majors are encouraged to complete a dual major or a minor program in order to gain a competitive advantage in the job market.
- With just two additional courses added to your coursework, International Business majors can double major in Finance or Marketing.
- Two majors in these in-demand fields will give you unparalleled flexibility when it comes to internship and career opportunities.
- You may also distinguish yourself in the classroom and beyond as a member of the Global Scholars Program in the College of Business.
- You will have opportunities to study and/or work abroad through short-term or semester-long programs sponsored by the College of Business.
- You will help host and network with international business professionals at the International Business Breakfast Series.
- You will complete an internship with a business enterprise or government agency that engages in international activities.
International Business Curriculum
International businesses need highly trained professionals with knowledge of all aspects of a global enterprise. In our interdisciplinary major, you will take a common core of business classes with other business students, including:
- business law
- business information systems
To expand your knowledge of the field, you will take internationally focused business and liberal arts courses such as:
- MAN 311 International Management
- MK 311 Multinational Marketing
- FIN 322 International Finance
- COMM 348 Intercultural Communication
- EC 371 International Monetary Economics
- EC 372 International Trade
Work experience and opportunities to network with international businesses are important to success in the field. We work closely with the University's Office of Human Resources and Career Development Center in order to provide international business students with internships that gain them hands-on experience at local businesses and government agencies conducting activities internationally. Students may also opt to complete an internship abroad. Each internship has a faculty sponsor acting as a mentor for each student.
You'll be taught in small classes by experienced professors, not graduate students, who take a personal interest in your progress. Their prime focus is teaching and mentoring you, and our students find their professors easy to approach and available for one-to-one consultation. All international business faculty members bring active regional, national, and international consulting experience to the classroom. They are involved in research, publish in national and international journals, and present their work at conferences.
Five-year Bachelor/MBA Program
As part of our International Business major, you will have the opportunity to take part in our five-year Bachelor/MBA program. Today, more than ever, students will need an advanced degree to compete in our highly competitive global environment. The Western New England University Five-year Bachelor/MBA gives students a marked advantage in the job market while saving on tuition costs.
SAP, the all-encompassing computer software used by major corporations worldwide, is integrated into the curriculum of the College of Business. Sources indicate that SAP expertise is highly valued by prospective employers, and college graduates with knowledge of SAP may earn significantly higher starting salaries.
International Business Breakfast Series
The College of Business plays host to the International Business Breakfast Series, an initiative that integrates events designed for students with the needs of the business community. Each session includes one or more successful business leaders whose experiences with the challenges and opportunities of global business offer opportunities for practical insights and discussion.
Business students are active in:
- Honors Program
- Study Abroad Program
- Beta Gamma Sigma (Honor society)
- Alpha Lambda Delta (First-year honor society)
- Alpha Kappa Psi (professional business fraternity)
- Management Association
as well as varsity and intramural sports, special interest groups, and student government.
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