International Business Major

Students majoring in International Business begin with foundational coursework in international relations, economics, geography, and anthropology, and complete their degree requirements with a senior research project. To prepare for this, they develop their own specialization taking courses from the thematic areas of Global Development; Conflict, Diplomacy, and Peace building; and Social Justice and Humanitarianism; and by choosing a complementary major or minor in the Dolan School of Business. Students take courses on multinational organizations and regional trade pacts, economic and political systems, socio-cultural structures, microfinance, and other diversities that have operational significance for community and economic development and international business.

Co-Curricular Business Requirement

Students pursuing the major in International Business are required to complete a co-curricular major or minor within the Dolan School of Business.

Complementary Studies and International Opportunities

The International Studies Program reinforces multidimensional learning with real-world experience through foreign language studies, service learning, Model United Nations, the Undergraduate Journal of Global Citizenship, the International Business/International Studies Club, international internships and study abroad opportunities, and through work with our faculty on research projects and as student teaching assistants. Therefore students are expected to engage in one or more of these forms of experiential learning.

Graduation with Honors

Fairfield University has a campus chapter of Sigma Iota Rho, the national honor society for international studies. Students must have attained a junior standing and completed at least twenty-one hours of course work toward the International Studies or International Business major, or nine hours towards the International Studies minor. Students with an overall GPA of 3.3 or greater and a GPA of 3.4 or higher in their International Studies or International Business major are nominated for membership.

For a major in International Business, students complete the following:

Business Core Requirements27
IL 0050People, Places, and Global Issues3
IL 0051Introduction to International Relations3
IL 0052Culture and Political Economy3
IL 0300Senior Capstone Seminar3
Choose two electives from any of the three thematic areas6
Select one Business Elective 13
Total Credits48

International Business courses completed abroad must be pre-approved by the Assistant Dean of the Dolan School of Business and the Director of International Studies.

International Studies Electives

Global Development
AY 0130Cultures of Africa3
AY 0152Islamic Societies and Cultures3
CO 0241Communication and Culture: East and West3
EC 0230Comparative Economic Systems3
EC 0231International Trade3
EC 0233International Economic Policy and Finance3
EC 0235Economic Development of Third World Nations3
FI 0200Global Capital Markets3
FI 0240International Finance3
HI 028420th Century Russia3
HI 0285Modern China: 1800 to Present3
HI 0289Modern Latin America, 1800-Present3
HI 0366Gender, Culture, and Representation: Women in China and Japan, 1600 to Present3
IL 0298Internship3
IL 0299Independent Study3
IS 0310E-Business Applications3
MG 0350International Law3
MG 0390Cross-Cultural Management3
MK 0312Global Marketing3
PO 0255Middle Eastern Politics3
PO 0259The Development Gap3
PO 0274International Environmental Policies3
PO 0277Globalization: Who Rules the World?3
SO 0188Contemporary Latin American and Caribbean Society3
SO 0190Globalization3
SO 0191Social Change in Developing Nations3
Conflict, Diplomacy, and Peace Building
AE 0293Ethics of War and Peace3
CO 0240Intercultural Communication3
HI 0251The American Century: The United States and the World Since 19003
HI 0273History and Culture of Central and Eastern Europe Since 19453
HI 0274Historical Perspectives on Contemporary Global Crises3
IL 0197United Nations Security Council Crisis Simulation3
IL 0298Internship3
IL 0299Independent Study3
MG 0360Negotiations and Dispute Resolution3
PH 0263The Concept of Human Rights3
PO 0251Islam and Muslim Politics3
PO 0252African Politics3
PO 0257Northern Ireland: Politics of War and Peace3
PO 0258Political Violence3
PO 0276United States Foreign Policy3
PO 0278International Law3
PO 0279Threats to Global Security in the 21st Century3
PO 0303Gender, War, and Peace3
SO 0189Sociology of Europe3
Humanitarianism and Social Justice
AY 0163Culture and Inequality3
AY 0168Sex, Gender, and Sexual Orientation3
AY 0180Grant Writing for the Social Sciences3
EC 0120Environmental Economics3
HI 0270History of Global Humanitarian Action3
IL 0150International Operations of Non-Profits3
IL 0152International Human Rights3
IL 0298Internship3
IL 0299Independent Study3
LAC 0300Justice and the Developing World4
MG 0370Managing Non-Profit Organizations3
MG 0385Managing People for Global Business3
PH 0263The Concept of Human Rights3
PO 0102Introduction to Comparative Politics3
PO 0201Introduction to Peace and Justice3
PO 0272Politics of Humanitarian Action3
PO 0280Border Politics3
RS 0235Liberation Theology3
SO 0185Introduction to International Migration3

Suggested Course of Study

Plan of Study Grid
First YearCredits
EC 0011
EC 0012
Introduction to Microeconomics
and Introduction to Macroeconomics
Second Year
IL 0050 People, Places, and Global Issues (if not taken during first year) 3
IL 0051 Introduction to International Relations 3
IL 0052 Culture and Political Economy 3
Third Year
IL 0050
People, Places, and Global Issues (if not taken previously)
or Culture and Political Economy
Select 2 electives from the thematic areas 6
Fourth Year
Complete any remaining electives from the thematic areas  
IL 0300 Senior Capstone Seminar 3
 Total Credits21