International Business Studies

Undergraduate Major in International Business Studies

The International Business Studies major is designed for students who prefer to use their language skills in a global business setting. As a collaborative major offered by the Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics in conjunction with the Foreign Languages and Literatures Department in the College of Arts and Sciences, the curriculum requires equal amounts of coursework in each college. The IBS major prepares students to live and conduct business effectively in the world. With an equal emphasis on business and international studies, including advanced language training, students learn to apply business principles to a region of the world in that native language.
In addition to their business curriculum, IBS majors must fulfill three additional requirements:

  1. Advanced language proficiency
  2. Region-specific expertise
  3. A semester abroad

IBS majors complete 15 credit hours of language instruction beyond the intermediate level in one of eight languages – Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, or Spanish. Students also complete a set of international courses corresponding to a region of the world where the target language is spoken. This region-specific coursework is drawn from Anthropology, Art History, Geography, History, International Relations, Philosophy, and/or Political Science.

The IBS curriculum includes all of the core requirements of other Business Administration and Finance Department majors plus a comprehensive set of business courses that focus specifically on global business issues. 
The IBS major is well-established with approximately 30 graduates each year. Students are typically employed by multinational corporations such as JPMorgan Chase, DuPont, Bank of America, W.L. Gore & Associates,, Pepsi, Macy’s, Citigroup, Deloitte, Morgan Stanley and Vanguard as well as foreign-based companies.  Students with an IBS major have also gone on to law school and the Peace Corps.

Academic Information
Brochure (PDF)

Requirements (Undergraduate Catalog)

Semester Abroad
All international business studies majors must spend a fall or spring semester abroad studying in a region of the world consistent with their language of choice. The following University of Delaware study abroad programs are designed to satisfy this requirement.

  • Spanish: Granada, Spain (fall and spring); Buenos Aires, Argentina (fall), Barcelona (spring)
  • French: Paris, France (fall)
  • German: Salzburg, Austria (fall)
  • Italian: Rome, Italy (spring)
  • Japanese: Akita International University, Japan (fall)
  • Arabic, Chinese and Russian: Meet with the academic advisor to discuss possible study abroad options outside the University of Delaware

For additional information, including program fees, please click here.
Language Minor
In many cases, in the course of completing the requirements for the IBS degree, you will complete most (or in some cases all) of the requirements for a minor in your target language.
Double Majors
Many IBS majors add a second business major to their program plan.  In most cases, a double major within the College can be completed in four years by taking classes during one or two winter/summer sessions. For example, you can complete a second major in marketing by taking only TWO additional courses. Contact the academic advisor to determine the feasibility of adding a second major to your program plan.

For Further Information
Dr. Jennifer Gregan
Academic Advisor, IBS major
Associate Professor of Marketing
Director, MS-International Business Program

The Lerner College is home to a state-of-the-art financial trading facility, the $1.5 million student-led Blue Hen Investment Club, a student-managed restaurant and hotel, a high-technology development center of a global bank and a start-up experience for students with new business ideas.

Undergraduate scholarships, made possible through the generosity of alumni and friends, enable us to support promising scholars. Here, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell and his mother, Leni Markell, join recipients of the William Markell Scholarship (center), which benefits students in Accounting and MIS.

The Institute for Financial Services Analytics is a collaboration between the Lerner College, UD's College of Engineering and JPMorgan Chase, and hosts events for academics and the business community designed to address consumer analytics and industry applications.

All Lerner College departments offer discovery learning experiences and emphasize data-based analytics to enrich the student experience. Here, students at Vita Nova, our award-winning restaurant run through HRIM, joined professional chefs and winemakers in hosting a 2014 Mid-Atlantic Wine and Food Festival event.

Lerner College faculty - like Meryl Gardner, whose research on foods and moods was recently published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology - are thought leaders who command attention from influential business audiences, economists and policy makers.

  • Alfred Lerner College of Business & Economics
    303 Alfred Lerner Hall  •  Newark, DE 19716  •  USA  •  ©