International Business Major

Travel the world for business.

Are you ready to take on the challenges and opportunities of the global marketplace? Learn from professors with extensive international experience? Then consider Nichols International Business major . . .

Through the International Business program, you will be prepared to handle the complex issues facing businesses and international markets today, including . . .

How do we prepare you?

By giving you access to . . .

Instruction from professors with real-world experience

The Program Chair brings his extensive international experience to the classroom, including . . .

Exposure to the most current developments in the field

Impressive Internships

Danny Tamayo

Class of 2012: Danny Tamayo
Internship: Massachusetts Export Center
Position:Junior Analyst for IBS Commodities Inc. (Export Traders), Worcester, MA

My internship with the Massachusetts Export Center was key in helping me land my current job at IBS Commodities. While at Mass. Export, I played the role of an analyst, gathered information, and provided it to a company that wanted to begin exporting their product, a skill I learned in my Emerging Markets and Advanced Economies class. When I applied to IBS, they created a new job for me because they needed someone to do the research for them and to train to eventually become an export trader.


Career Success

maria balabanova

Class of 2011:Maria Balabanova
Position:Analyst, ISBAN-Grupo Santander

As a native of Russia, I came to the United States to learn more about the American culture and understand how Americans do business. Being surrounded by supportive staff and faculty at Nichols helped me do that. My professors were always willing to help me develop as a professional and lead me in the right career path. My classes helped me figure out the industry and type of work I wanted to do and led me to my current position at ISBAN.

International Business grads are currently employed at the following companies . . .


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:

IBUS 309
World Economic Geography
3 Hours, 1 Semester

This course focuses on the connections between physical, cultural, and political geography and our economies. Case studies are used to explore both natural and global economic issues.

IBUS 388
International Management
3 Hours, 1 Semester

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 226

IBUS 412
International Economics
3 Hours, 1 Semester

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.
Prerequisites: ECON 221 and ECON 222

IBUS 434
International Marketing
3 Hours, 1 Semester

An analysis of the international business and consumer environments and the development and implementation of marketing programs across business alternatives (e.g., direct investment, joint ventures, licensing). Topics include the roles of cultural, political, technological, economic, and legal aspects of marketing in an international environment, as well as how these affect the marketing mixes likely to be successful in various international markets.
Prerequisite: MKTG 361 or MKTG 362

IBUS 444
Advanced Economies and Emerging Markets
3 Hours, 1 Semester

This course focuses on the impact of advanced economies on emerging markets and vice-versa. It provides an overview of the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) country classification in its World Economic Outlook surveys and reports, which divides the world into two major groups: advanced economies, and other emerging market and developing countries. It also seeks to understand the intensity of competition in emerging markets and advanced economies.
Prerequisite: IBUS 388

IBUS 480
Seminar in International Business
3 Hours, 1 Semester

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.
Prerequisite: HRM 443


College Catalog

Review or download the college catalog for additional details and information about courses and requirements.

Key Faculty
Marcus Goncalves
  • Marcus Goncalves, Ed.D.
  • Program Chair

Questions about the International Business Program? Contact Professor Marcus Goncalves at or 508-213-2158.