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Earning a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) with a concentration in International Business at Nichols prepares students to do business in an emerging global market. This interdisciplinary degree program is built on three pillars: International Business, International Management, and International Affairs, Governance, and Policy.
Using case studies, international travel, and key internships, the International Business concentration prepares students for tasks like
For six years in a row, Nichols has been awarded the title of Best College to get a Business Education by the Worcester Business Journal. Why? Because our BSBA programs place enormous emphasis on professional development, helping students to build a repertoire of functional skills and encouraging them to build the self-confidence to use them.
An education in international business offers the benefit of global application, and career opportunities in the field are vast and diverse. Graduates of the program go on to enter careers in foreign operations, foreign policy, and international trade and finance.
A variety of job titles are available in the field of international business:
Many careers in the field show promising growth. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that employment of Management Analysts and Financial Analysts is slated to increase 14% and 11% from 2016 to 2026, respectively—faster than the average for all other occupations. In May 2018, the median annual wage for management analysts was $83,610; for financial analysts, the median wage was $85,660.
A Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in International Business will equip you with the tools you need to be a leader in business in a globalized economy. Whatever the cultural context of your career, Nichols will prepare you to lead with confidence and tact. If you have questions about our International Business concentration, you can learn more by requesting more information or scheduling a campus visit today!
Our International Business faculty is open to questions and concerns. Their contact information can be found below.
International Business majors must complete 121 credit hours (approximately 40 courses), including courses from the foundation and business core curricula, focused electives and these required specialization courses:
Examines management theory and practice as applied to business activities that cross national boundaries. Emphasis is placed on an understanding of strategic, cultural, behavioral, functional, legal, and socio-ethnical aspects of international management in a global economy with multinational business enterprises.
Prerequisite: MGMT 227
This course provides an introduction to the field of comparative politics, the study of places other than the United States. We will analyze in-depth studies of political processes from nations all around the world to investigate debates at the heart of political science, economics, history and other fields within the Liberal Arts and Business core: Why are politicians responsive to the needs of citizens in some countries but not in others? Why do people vote on ethnic lines in some places but not others? Why do some states guarantee social protection for their citizens whereas others leave it in the hands of the market? How do political institutions and social factors shape the provision of public goods? What role do property rights play in transitions to democracy and to market economies? Discussions include topics on governance and accountability, political economy, political culture, identity politics, social cleavages, citizenship, and democratic institutions.
Prerequisite: ENGL 105 or ENGL 212
and 30 credits of coursework; or
ENGL 105 or ENGL 212 and CRIT 201
This course provides an overview of the unique problems
faced by enterprises engaging in international activities, and
the importance of understanding the international economic,
social, political, cultural, and legal environment. This course also
provides practical information on the mechanics of importing
and exporting, joint venture, franchising, and subsidiaries,
international dimensions of management, marketing and
accounting, international financial management. Other subjects
covered in this course includes special problems faced by
multinational enterprises, recent problems of the international
economic system, country-risk analysis, and the increasing use of
Prerequisite: MGMT 227
This seminar is a senior-level capstone course for international business students. A case study approach will be used to explore the major current issues in international business and bring together the general concepts and ethical dimensions studied in earlier coursework in the program. A capstone project requires students to examine current issues and develop critical information literacy skills.
This course offers an introduction into the concept of values,
morality, as well as cultural beliefs and upbringing in all areas
of business, including international, from consumer rights to
corporate social responsibility. Decisions made by shift managers
or corporate presidents may affect thousands of individuals or
entire communities across the globe. Consumers and international
markets today expect and demand integrity, honesty, and
transparency in all levels of their environment. Understanding
those expectations is the key to communicating core values and
behavior not only to employees, but society in general.
This course explores the impact on project management of culture, language variations, religious, regulatory and legal practices, technology penetration, temporal orientation, gender issues, corruption, ethics, personal liberty and political contexts. Students learn how to meet global projects challenges through efficient use of practices and technology. The course provides hands-n application of project management, in line with the Project Management Institute (PMI) body of knowledge (PMBOK), and utilizes available case studies and examples from companies to help students sharpen the skills needed to recognize and foster a successful international project environment.
This is an in-depth study of a selected topic, issue, problem or trend in international business. The specific subject matter is not offered as an existing regular course or deserves more time-emphasis than is possible in a regular course. This course may be repeated once for a total of six credits.
An economic analysis of the foundations of international trade and the impact of trade on domestic and global economies. The course includes a study of the balance of payments, world debt, exchange rates, and the international monetary system. Current issues and problems are emphasized.
Prerequisite: ECON 221, ECON 222
This course provides students with strategies to improve international business problem solving and managerial decision making through the use of analytics by using quantitative and qualitative decision making tools and techniques. This course also provides students with an overview of how decisions are made to solve management problems in the international business environment. It introduces the fundamental concepts and methodologies of decision making process, problem solving, decision analysis, data collection, and probability distribution, evaluation, and prediction methods.
Prerequisite: IBUS 287
This course provides a comprehensive discussion of marketing and economic research and analysis, its key concepts, process description, qualitative and quantitative techniques for marketing research and data analysis, and application scenarios. Students gain an appreciation for some of the breadth and depth of this subject and its significance for the international business enterprise – both from the point of view of a start-up entrepreneurship as well as an established business organization.
Prerequisite: IBUS 287
Chair, International Business / Faculty Director, International Education / Assistant Professor of Management
Director of Enrollment, Student Success and Retention for the MBA and MSOL Programs
Assistant Professor of Economics