International Business Studies (IBS) is 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 IBS major is designed to prepare students to live and conduct business effectively all over the world. The major provides equal emphasis on business and international studies, including advanced language training; students learn to apply principles to a region of the world in the native language.
Three requirements for the IBS major include:
(1) advanced language proficiency
(2) region-specific expertise, and
(3) semester abroad.
IBS majors complete 15 credit hours of language instruction beyond the intermediate level in one of six languages: Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese 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.
Employers include multinational corporations such as Chase, DuPont, Bank of America and W.L. Gore & Associates, as well as foreign-based companies.
If you enjoy living and working in a different country, speaking a different language, and interacting with people, then international business studies is the major for you.