International Business Major

Students of International Business begin with foundational coursework in geography, economics, anthropology, and international relations. They then choose electives to deepen their understanding of particular areas of interest, and complete their degree by synthesizing their coursework in a senior research capstone project. Electives may be taken from many departments in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Dolan School of Business. Both the elective courses and those selected for a student’s Dolan School of Business minor or major may be utilized in the capstone research project. Popular electives include classes on multinational organizations, international politics, regional trade pacts, international finance and currency issues, managing a global workforce, and many more. Students should work with their adviser in their junior year to prepare for their capstone project.

Several of the Magis Core Signature elements, including the Magis Interdisciplinary requirement (MSID), Writing Across the Curriculum (MWAC), and Writing Within the Discipline (MWID), are satisfied by the foundational coursework in International Business. Many of electives count towards other Magis Core requirements, ensuring that International Business is an excellent complement to any major or minor in the Dolan School.

Co-Curricular Business Requirement

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

Complementary Studies and International Opportunities

The International Studies Program demands rich, multidimensional learning with real-world experience through foreign language studies, service learning, Model United Nations, work on the Undergraduate Journal of Global Citizenship or in the International Business/International Studies Club. Students also pursue international internships, study abroad opportunities, and work with our faculty on research projects. Students should 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 3.30 or greater and a GPA of 3.40 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 Requirements33
INST 1050People, Places, and Global Issues3
INST 1051Introduction to International Relations3
INST 1052Culture and Political Economy3
Select two elective courses from the list below6
INST 4999Senior Capstone Seminar3
Total Credits51

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 and International Business Electives

AETH 2293Ethics of War and Peace3
ANTH 1115Cultures of Africa3
ANTH 1120Islamic Societies and Cultures3
ANTH 1125Sex, Gender, and Sexual Orientation3
ANTH 2015Refugees and Culture3
ANTH 2100Culture and Inequality3
ANTH 3700Grant Writing for the Social Sciences3
ANTH 3710Theory and Practice in Anthropology3
COMM 2240Intercultural Communication3
COMM 2241Communication and Culture: East and West3
ECON 2120Introduction to Environmental Economics3
ECON 3230Comparative Economic Systems3
ECON 3231International Trade3
ECON 3233International Economic Policy and Finance3
ECON 3235Economic Development3
ECON 3237Fair Trade and Microfinance3
FNCE 3200Global Capital Markets3
FNCE 4240International Financial Management3
HIST 1189Modern Latin America, 1800-Present3
HIST 2251The American Century: The United States and the World Since 19003
HIST 2265History of the Indian Subcontinent: Colonialism, Nationalism, and Democracy, c.1857 to Today3
HIST 2270History of Global Humanitarian Action3
HIST 2273History and Culture of Central and Eastern Europe Since 19453
HIST 2274Historical Perspectives on Contemporary Global Crises3
HIST 228420th Century Russia3
HIST 2285Modern China: 1800 to Present3
HIST 3366Gender, Culture, and Representation: Women in China and Japan, 1600 to Present3
INBU 2154Contemporary Issues Affecting the Global Business Environment3
INST 2150International Operations of Non-Profits3
INST 2471United Nations Security Council Crisis Simulation3
INST 2481International Human Rights3
INST 3980Internship3
INST 3990Independent Study3
ISOM 4310E-Business Applications3
LCST 3301Justice and the Developing World3
MGMT 4350International Law3
MGMT 4360Negotiations and Dispute Resolution3
MGMT 4370Managing Non-Profit Organizations3
MGMT 4385Managing People for Global Business3
MGMT 4390Cross-Cultural Management3
MKTG 3312Global Marketing3
PHIL 2263The Concept of Human Rights3
POLI 1102Introduction to Comparative Politics3
POLI 2251Islam and Muslim Politics3
POLI 2252African Politics3
POLI 2253Latin American Politics3
POLI 2255Middle East Politics3
POLI 2256Asian Politics3
POLI 2257Northern Ireland: Politics of War and Peace3
POLI 2258Political Violence3
POLI 2259The Development Gap3
POLI 2331Introduction to Peace and Justice3
POLI 2472Politics of Humanitarian Action3
POLI 2474International Environmental Policies3
POLI 2476United States Foreign Policy3
POLI 2477International Political Economy3
POLI 2478International Law3
POLI 2479Threats to Global Security in the 21st Century3
POLI 2480Border Politics3
POLI 4303Gender, War, and Peace3
POLI 4304Seminar on Global Environmental Politics3
POLI 4314International Perspectives on International Politics: Moving Beyond Western Paradigms3
RLST 2335Liberation Theology3
SOCI 1145Globalization3
SOCI 1150Introduction to International Migration3
SOCI 1155Sociology of Europe3
SOCI 1160Contemporary Latin American and Caribbean Society3
SOCI 1165Social Change in Developing Nations3

Suggested Course of Study

Plan of Study Grid
First YearCredits
ECON 1011 Introduction to Microeconomics 3
ECON 1012 Introduction to Macroeconomics 3
Second Year
INST 1050 People, Places, and Global Issues 3
INST 1051 Introduction to International Relations 3
INST 1052 Culture and Political Economy 3
Third Year
Elective 1 3
Elective 2 3
Fourth Year
Complete any remaining electives from the thematic areas  
INST 4999 Senior Capstone Seminar 3
 Total Credits24