International Business Studies

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.

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.

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