International Business Major
Students of International Business begin with coursework in geography, economics, anthropology, and international relations. They then choose electives to deepen their understanding of particular areas of interest, and finally complete their degree by synthesizing their coursework into a senior research project. Electives may be taken from any of outlined thematic areas, including Global Development; Conflict, Diplomacy, and Peace building; or Social Justice and Humanitarianism. Courses selected for a student’s minor (or major) in the Dolan School of Business should also be applied to the research project. Popular electives include classes on multinational organizations, international politics, regional trade pacts, international finance and currency issues, managing a global workforce, and more. Students should work with their adviser beginning in junior year to prepare for their final project.
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 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 3.30 or greater and a GPA of 3.40 or higher in their International Studies or International Business major are nominated for membership.