International Business Environment

The International Business Environment concentration provides a “macro” view of markets and institutions in the global economy. It will prepare students for careers involving international market analysis such as international commercial and investment banking, portfolio analysis and risk assessment, new market development, international business consulting, and international business law. The foundational courses focus on an understanding of global markets and institutions. The concentration will allow the student to combine courses in broader areas of economic development, regional business environment, and/or international law, management, marketing, trade, and finance. The student will be encouraged to combine the core courses with supplemental coursework in related international subjects such as language, history, politics, and culture.

Sponsored by: Economics Division and The Glavin Office of International Education

Faculty Contact: Kent Jones

Faculty contacts serve as advisers to those students who have an interest in the given concentration. You should feel free to contact these faculty with questions.

Required Courses

The International Business Environment concentration shall consist of four courses, to be chosen from the two lists below. At least one of the four courses MUST be a noneconomics course.

At least THREE courses from the following list of seven courses. Each course is worth four credits:

  • ECN 3660 International Trade Theory and Policy
  • ECN 3665 International Finance
  • ECN 3645 Business and Economic Policy in Developing Countries
  • LAW 3601 Public International Law
  • ECN 3625 Economic and Political Integration in the European Union
  • ECN 3662 Political Economy of Latin American Development and Underdevelopment

ONE course, which may be selected from either the following list of three courses, OR from the remaining courses on the list above, with the general requirement that at least one of the four courses selected be a noneconomics course. Consultation with a faculty adviser will seek to determine the best combination of courses, based on the interests and needs of the student. Again, each course is worth 4 credits:

  • MOB 3560 Global Strategic Management
  • LAW 3560 International Law for Business
  • ECN 3650 Contemporary Economic Systems

Courses Suggested But Not Required

Students can achieve additional breadth in their knowledge of the international business environment through other advanced liberal arts electives that deal with global or regional issues, in areas as diverse as history, politics, and anthropology. Students should consult with the concentration adviser to consider the best choice.

  • Language study (to facilitate communications in specific business environments)
  • HIS 3680 Modern China (for deeper study of national historical and political context in China’s economy)