International Business Studies (B.S.)

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Succeed in the global marketplace.

The international business studies (IBS) major is designed to prepare you to conduct business successfully around the world.

By placing equal emphasis on business and international studies, including advanced language training and a semester abroad, the IBS program will teach you to apply business principles to a region of the world in that region’s native language.

This specialized international training will give you excellent preparation for a wide variety of careers as markets continue to become more globalized.

If you enjoy living and working in different cultures, speaking different languages and interacting with people from various regions of the world, IBS is the major for you.

What I Love About my Major

In this video, UD Lerner College students majoring in international business discuss why they chose their major – why it is unique and opportunities they’ve had that will prepare them for their careers.

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Program Highlights

Semester Abroad

As an IBS student you will spend a fall or spring semester studying abroad in a region of the world where your language of choice is spoken (Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, Arabic or Russian).

Countries include:

  • Spain
  • Argentina
  • France
  • Austria
  • Italy
  • Japan

Students studying Chinese, Arabic or Russian will work with their undergraduate program advisor to discuss other study abroad options.

Honors in International Business Studies

The honors program at UD offers a scholarly and enriching community that extends well beyond graduation. You’ll enjoy smaller, more challenging classes and the opportunity to engage in research and assume leadership roles.

The honors degree requires:

  1. All requirements for the B.S. in international business studies
  2. All of the UD requirements for the honors baccalaureate degree

The honors credits in the major must include six credits of BUAD and/or FINC courses and six credits of the chosen language.

Program Requirements

Suggested Course Sequence

All courses are three credits unless stated otherwise.

Freshman Year
First semester
ECON 101 – Microeconomics
MATH 221 – Calculus I
Language (107-level, if needed)
BUAD 110 – Basics of Business
Natural sciences & technology breadth course
Second semester
ENGL 110 – First-Year Writing
ECON 103 – Macroeconomics
Language (200-level)
PSYC 100 – General Psychology
Natural sciences & technology breadth course with lab
Sophomore Year
First semester
ACCT 207 – Accounting I (Financial)
STAT 200 – Basic Statistical Practice
MISY 160 – Business Computing
Language (200-level)
COMM 212 – Public Speaking & Professional Presentation or HOSP 230 – Executive Presentations and Professional Development

Second semester
ACCT 208 – Accounting II (Managerial)
MISY 262 – Fundamentals of Business Analytics
FINC 311 – Principles of Finance
Language (200-level)
MISY 261 – Business Information Systems

Junior Year
First semester
BUAD 306 – Introduction to Service & Operations Management
ACCT 352 – Law & Social Issues in Business
Language (300-level)
BUAD 301 – Introduction to Marketing
BUAD 309 – Organizational Behavior
Second semester (abroad)
Language (300-level)
BUAD 384 – Global Business Environment
Region studies course
Region studies course
Free elective
Senior Year
First semester
BUAD 386 – International Business Management
ECON 340 – International Economics
Professional elective
Professional elective
Creative arts & humanities breadth course
SOCI from Social and Behavioral Sciences breadth
Second semester
BUAD 475 – International Marketing
FINC 415 – International Finance
BUAD 441 – Strategic Management
Professional elective
History & cultural change breadth course
Free elective

Career Opportunities

Within 6 months of graduating, for the class of 2022, 100% of Lerner’s international business studies graduates are employed (earning a mean starting salary of $61,909) or pursuing further education. For more information on career resources please visit the Lerner Career Services Center.

Top Employers

Some of the top employers of Lerner’s international business studies graduates include:

  • JPMorgan Chase
  • Deloitte
  • Bloomberg
  • Enterprise Holdings
  • Citi

Top Jobs

Job titles of recent graduates with an international business studies degree include:

  • Analyst
  • Account Executive
  • Sales Representative
  • International Customer Relations
  • Global Business Services Consultant
  • Language and Culture Assistant

Visit the Career Outcomes of Lerner international business studies students to see more top employers, job titles, salaries and locations.


  • Lifelong Lerner: Michael Eckerle - A native of Stony Point, New York, Michael Eckerle graduated from Lerner College as a finance, operations management, and global enterprise management triple major and international business minor.
  • Lerner College Business, Economics Programs Ranked Among Nation’s Best - Lerner's undergraduate business program ranked No. 84, undergraduate economics program ranked No. 99 in latest rankings.
  • What I Love About My Major: International Business - In this video, Lerner business analytics majors Allie Rebuck and Kevin Flewelling share their favorite things about their major.
  • Lifelong Lerner: Garrett Mobley - Garrett Mobley, a finance and financial planning and wealth management double major with a minor in international business from Towson, Maryland, is a member of UD Lerner's Class of 2023.
  • Lifelong Lerner: Ella Kolln - UD Lerner Class of 2023 graduate Ella Kolln is an honors operations management and marketing double major with minors in fashion management, french and international business from State College, Pennsylvania.

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Faculty Advisor
Dr. Jennifer Gregan

Admissions Information

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