International Business Administration
The U.S. News & World Reports ranks the Fox School of Business and Management’s undergraduate International Business major 10th in the nation. A major in International Business results in a multidisciplinary degree combining courses in IB and language, with a strong, functional business component. This educational experience is designed to equip students with the knowledge and global perspectives required to thrive in the global workforce of the twenty-first century.
The International Business major design enables students to develop an understanding of the various functional areas of international business while preparing for positions in the government, global corporations, or international public institutions. Necessary skills are developed through specialized international courses in economics, finance, management, HR, law, marketing, and accounting.
The capstone course, IB 4587 International Business Practicum, builds on applied theory by providing students with experience in the practical aspects of international business. Students operate as consultants for clients from Temple’s Small Business Development Center by designing and presenting market entry strategies for new global markets. All International Business majors will also complete the requirements for a functional business major.
Additionally, there is an emphasis on language; for without minimal language capability, one is truly handicapped in interpersonal relationships and in international interactions. Courses in language and language certificates are offered through the College of Liberal Arts. To further round out their education, study abroad is recommended. Students are provided opportunities to spend a semester or a year abroad in various countries where the University has established business programs.
A cultural, historical, and geographic area of understanding is also essential. Students are encouraged to acquire this background through completion of the Area Studies and Language Certificate Programs facilitated by IGMS/CIBER or elective courses offered by the College of Liberal Arts.
International Business majors are strongly encouraged to study abroad, earn an Area Studies and Language Certificate in either Asian Business and Society, or Latin American Studies and Spanish for Business, and to become actively involved in the International Business Association (IBA). This student organization hosts guest speakers from international business disciplines, networking events, and career development activities. This organization is open to all FSBM majors. For more information, contact the International Business Association officers at (215) 204-8185 or visit the website at: http://sbm.temple.edu/org/iba.htm
Summary of Requirements
Students pursuing the International Business major must complete all the requirements of their functional major combined with language fluency and language course work, as well as international course work and experiences.
Requirements of Major
View the Undergraduate Bulletin.
Accelerated 3 Year BBA
Motivated students can accelerate their BBA program to finish in 3 years. Please see the suggested sequence.