International Business

Major: International Business
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 180.0
Co-op Options: Three Co-op (Five years); One Co-op (Four years); No Co-op (Four years)
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 52.1101
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 11-1021; 11-1011; 25-1011

About the Program

The International Business major explores the international business environment as well as the internal workings of international corporations and the impact of international considerations on the various functional areas of business.

This major includes in-depth study of a foreign language, and students choose from a menu of courses to fulfill additional requirements. The curriculum is interdisciplinary with courses drawn from international business, marketing, management, finance, economics, and other areas. Specialized operational courses are offered, along with more general theoretical and comparative ones.

Additional Information

For more information about this program, contact the School of Economics.

Degree Requirements

Students completing the major in International Business are required to complete six courses in the same language (a language other than the student's native language) at Drexel University. It is recommended that students also take a 320 or 420 language course, focusing on the language of business or professions. This requires a minimum of 6 language courses (24.0 credits) at the college level or up to level 6 placement, including proficiency in at least one language. Some of these courses may count toward the student's general education electives.

Students may satisfy the language requirement through foreign language course replacement by studying overseas. All study abroad programs must be approved by the Study Abroad Office.

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) Degree Requirements
General Education Requirements
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
COM 270 [WI] Business Communication3.0
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development *1.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
or ENGL 111 English Composition I
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
or ENGL 112 English Composition II
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
or ENGL 113 English Composition III
MATH 101Introduction to Analysis I4.0
MATH 102Introduction to Analysis II4.0
PHIL 105Critical Reasoning3.0
PSY 101General Psychology I3.0
UNIV B101The Drexel Experience1.0
UNIV B201 [WI] Career Management1.0
English literature elective (ENGL 200 - ENGL 399)3.0
Fine Arts elective 3.0
Courses with the following subjects and course range from 100-499. Architecture (ARCH), Art History (ARTH), Dance (DANC), Film Studies (FMST), Interior Design (INTR), Music (MUSC), Photography (PHTO), Visual Studies (VSST), Screenwriting & Playwriting (SCRP),Theatre (THTR)
History (HIST) elective4.0
Select two of the following: 6.0
Applied Cells, Genetics & Physiology
Applied Biological Diversity, Ecology & Evolution
Applied Chemistry
Applied Physics
Electricity and Motion
Light and Sound
General Education Electives 12.0
Students select (12.0 credits) general education electives, with a minimum of one course in each of the following four categories.
Diversity & Multicultural
Society and Culture
Courses with the following subjects and course range from 100-499. Communications (COM), English (ENGL), Fine Arts (ARCH, ARTH, DANC, DIGM, FMVD, SCRP, FMST, INTR, MUSC, PHTO, THTR, WBDV, VSST), Global Studies (GST), Language (LANG) or Philosophy (PHIL)
Social Science
Courses with the following subjects and course range from 100-499. Anthropology (ANTH), Criminology and Justice Studies (CJS), History (HIST), Sociology (SOC), Political Science (PSCI), Psychology (PSY)
Science
Courses with the following subjects and course range from 100-499. Computer Science (CS), Information Systems (INFO), Science, Technology and Society (SCTS)
Business Requirements
ACCT 115Financial Accounting Foundations4.0
ACCT 116Managerial Accounting Foundations4.0
BLAW 201Business Law I4.0
BSAN 160Business Analytics and Data Visualization4.0
BUSN 101Foundations of Business I4.0
BUSN 102Foundations of Business II4.0
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics4.0
ECON 202Principles of Macroeconomics4.0
FIN 301Introduction to Finance4.0
INTB 200International Business4.0
MGMT 450Strategy and Competitive Advantage4.0
MIS 200Management Information Systems4.0
MKTG 201Introduction to Marketing Management4.0
OPM 200Operations Management4.0
ORGB 300 [WI] Organizational Behavior4.0
STAT 201Introduction to Business Statistics4.0
Select one of the following: 4.0
Introduction to Entrepreneurship
For-Profit Business Consulting
Nonprofit Business Consulting
Startup Business Consulting
International Business Consulting
Negotiations and Conflict Resolution
Sport Business Consulting
Business Statistics II
Required International Business Major Courses **
INTB 440Seminar in International Business4.0
Category A: Complete at least 16.0 credits from the following list16.0
Intercultural Communication
Strategic International Communication
International Macroeconomics
Economic Development
International Trade
International Money and Finance
Regional Studies in Economic Policies and International Business
Category B: Complete 16.0 credits from the following list16.0
International Business Law
Global Financial Management
Multinational Corporations
International Business Consulting
Domestic and Global Outsourcing Management
Global Marketing
Operations Planning
Free Electives18.0
Total Credits180.0

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Program. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term.

Sample Plan of Study

4 year, no co-op

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
BUSN 1014.0BUSN 1024.0ACCT 1154.0VACATION
ECON 2014.0CIVC 1011.0BSAN 1604.0 
ENGL 101 or 1113.0ECON 2024.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0 
MATH 1014.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0Modern Language 101 or Society & Culture elective4.0 
UNIV B1011.0MATH 1024.0  
 16 16 15 0
Second Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
ACCT 1164.0INTB 2004.0BLAW 2014.0VACATION
COM 2703.0History (HIST) elective4.0MIS 2004.0 
STAT 2014.0Modern Language 103 or Free Elective4.0PSY 1013.0 
Modern Language 102 or Free Elective4.0Select one of the following:3.0Modern Language 201 or Free elective4.0 
   
   
   
 15 15 15 0
Third Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
FIN 3014.0OPM 2004.0Diversity elective3.0VACATION
ORGB 3004.0INTB Category A elective4.0Free Elective*2.0 
MKTG 2014.0INTB Category B elective4.0INTB Category A elective4.0 
Modern Language 202 or Free elective4.0Select one of the following:3.0INTB Category B elective4.0 
   
   
   
 16 15 13 0
Fourth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCredits 
UNIV B2011.0MGMT 4504.0INTB 4404.0 
ENGL 200 - ENGL 399 course3.0INTB Category A elective4.0PHIL 1053.0 
INTB Category A elective4.0INTB Category B elective4.0Fine Arts elective3.0 
Science elective3.0Select one of the following:4.0INTB Category B elective 4.0 
Social Science elective3.0  
   
   
   
   
 14 16 14 
Total Credits 180

4 year, 1 co-op (Fall/Winter)

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
BUSN 1014.0BUSN 1024.0ACCT 1154.0VACATION
ECON 2014.0CIVC 1011.0BSAN 1604.0 
ENGL 101 or 1113.0ECON 2024.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0 
MATH 1014.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0Modern Language 101 or Society & Culture elective4.0 
UNIV B1011.0MATH 1024.0  
 16 16 15 0
Second Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
ACCT 1164.0COOP 101*1.0BLAW 2014.0FIN 3014.0
COM 2703.0INTB 2004.0MIS 2004.0ORGB 3004.0
STAT 2014.0History (HIST) elective4.0PSY 1013.0MKTG 2014.0
Modern Language 102 or Free elective4.0Modern Language 103 or Free elective4.0Modern Language 201 or Free elective4.0Modern Language 202 or Free elective4.0
 Select one of the following:3.0  
   
   
   
 15 16 15 16
Third Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCEOPM 2004.0Diversity elective3.0
  INTB Category A elective4.0Free Elective 1.0
  INTB Category B elective4.0INTB Category A elective
  Select one of the following:3.0INTB Category B electives8.0
   
   
   
 0 0 15 12
Fourth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCredits 
ENGL 200 - ENGL 399 course3.0MGMT 4504.0INTB 4404.0 
INTB Category A elective4.0INTB Category A elective4.0PHIL 1053.0 
Science elective3.0INTB Category B elective4.0UNIV B2011.0 
Social Science elective3.0Select one of the following:4.0Fine Arts elective3.0 
 INTB Category B elective4.0 
   
   
   
   
 13 16 15 
Total Credits 180

5 year, 3 co-op (Fall Winter)

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
BUSN 1014.0BUSN 1024.0ACCT 1154.0VACATION
ECON 2014.0CIVC 1011.0BSAN 1604.0 
ENGL 101 or 1113.0COOP 101*1.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0 
MATH 1014.0ECON 2024.0Modern Language 101 or Society & Culture elective4.0 
UNIV B1011.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0  
 MATH 1024.0  
 16 17 15 0
Second Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCEACCT 1164.0INTB 2004.0
  COM 2703.0History (HIST) elective4.0
  STAT 2014.0Modern Language 103 or Free elective4.0
  Modern Language 102 or Free elective4.0Select one of the following:3.0
   
   
   
 0 0 15 15
Third Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCEBLAW 2014.0FIN 3014.0
  MIS 2004.0MKTG 2014.0
  PSY 1013.0ORGB 3004.0
  Modern Language 201 or Free elective4.0Modern Language 202 or Free elective4.0
 0 0 15 16
Fourth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCEOPM 2004.0Diversity elective3.0
  INTB Category A elective4.0Free Elective 1.0
  INTB Category B elective4.0INTB Category A elective4.0
  Select one of the following:3.0INTB Category B electives4.0
   
   
   
 0 0 15 12
Fifth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCredits 
ENGL 200 - ENGL 399 course3.0MGMT 4504.0INTB 4404.0 
INTB Category A elective4.0INTB Category A elective4.0PHIL 1053.0 
Science elective3.0INTB Category B elective4.0UNIV B2011.0 
Social Science elective3.0Select one of the following:4.0Fine Arts elective3.0 
 INTB Category B elective4.0 
   
   
   
   
 13 16 15 
Total Credits 180

Co-op/Career Opportunities

International Business graduates are employed in a variety of corporate settings, including the pharmaceutical, banking and telecommunication industries. Some students pursue graduate studies or find employment in multilateral governmental organizations.

The concentration has been designed to provide a competitive advantage for those students interested in international business careers. In addition to business coursework, students also take advantage of Drexel’s programs in history-politics, sociology, anthropology, and other areas that focus on international topics.

The University offers minors in French, Italian Studies, Japanese, and Spanish. Each minor can include study of the vocabulary needed for business transactions within the particular language.

Proficiency certificates are also available to students at the intermediate level as proof that students are proficient enough to live abroad and interact with native speakers in their home countries and cultures. Proficiency certificates are available in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish.

Visit the Drexel Steinbright Career Development Center page for more detailed information on co-op and post-graduate opportunities. Also visit the Career Guides provided by the Steinbright Career Development Center.

Facilities

The LeBow College of Business home is a 12-story, 177,500-square-foot academic building named Gerri C. LeBow Hall. Located in the heart of Drexel University campus, it forms a gateway to Drexel and serves as a backdrop to the historic statue of A.J. Drexel (Moses Ezekiel, 1904). 

The building’s organization unites the school’s various constituencies around a five-story-high atrium ringed by 15 classrooms of varying sizes and configurations, including a finance trading lab. The atrium is immediately accessible from main entrances at the three corners of the building. An open stair within the atrium leads to a 300-seat auditorium, 100-seat lecture hall, and a behavioral studies lab one floor below. Other amenities consist of 19 collaboration rooms, 3,500 square feet of student lounges and quiet study areas, a bank of four elevators and full ADA accessibility, and an event space with catering capacity. The building's upper floors contain faculty and staff offices interspersed with seminar and conference rooms. 

Gerri C. LeBow Hall brings together faculty, students, and staff in a state-of-the-art building on the University City campus. Please visit the LeBow College of Business webpage, the Behavioral Lab webpage, the Finance Trading Lab webpage, and the SAP Next-Gen webpage to learn more about Gerri C. LeBow Hall.

International Business Faculty

Murugan Anandarajan, PhD (Drexel University) Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Professor. Cyber crime, strategic management of information technology, unstructured data mining, individual internet usage behavior (specifically abuse and addiction), application of artificial intelligence techniques in forensic accounting and ophthalmology.
Orakwue B. Arinze, PhD (London School of Economics). Professor. Client/Server computing; Enterprise Application Software (EAS)/Enterprise Resource Planning Software (ERP); knowledge-based and decision support applications in operations management.
Jodi Cataline, MBA (University of Delaware). Associate Clinical Professor. Global classrooms, Financial literacy
Dana D'Angelo, CPA (Drexel University). Clinical Professor. Global classrooms and use of backchannel research
Qizhi Dai, PhD (University of Minnesota). Associate Professor. Business Value of Information Technology, eCommerce, Economics of Information Technology, Information System Management.
Lawrence Duke, MBA (Harvard Business School). Associate Clinical Professor. International marketing and strategy, new product development, business-to-business marketing, marketing of financial services.
David Gefen, PhD (Georgia State University) Provost Distinguished Research Professor. Professor. Strategic IT management; IT development and implementation management; research methodology; managing the adoption of large IT systems, such as MRP II, ERP, and expert systems; research methodology, eCommerce; Online Auctions; Outsourcing; SAS; Technology Adoption.
Shawkat M. Hammoudeh, PhD (University of Kansas). Professor. Applied econometrics, financial economics, international economics, and natural resource economics.
Yanliu Huang, PhD (The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania). Associate Professor. Consumer n-store decision making, consumer planning, health marketing, memory and learning.
Ohyun Kwon, PhD (University of Wisconsin, Madison). Assistant Professor. International Trade and Trade Agreements
Dali Ma, PhD (University of Chicago). Associate Professor. Social hierarchy; Social networks; Sociology of entrepreneurship; Sociology of transitional China
Vibhas Madan, PhD (Michigan State University) R John Chapel Jr. Dean. Professor. International trade theory, applied microeconomics.
Eydis Olsen, MA (American University). Associate Clinical Professor. International business, banking.
Stanley Ridgley, PhD (Duke University). Associate Clinical Professor. Business communication; Cognition and strategy; Competitive intelligence; Determinants of Firm Performance; Global Management; New Markets in Emerging Countries; Russian Business Culture.
Samir Shah, DPS (Pace University). Clinical Professor. Drexel University's Provost Fellow India Partnerships
Srinivasan Swaminathan, PhD (University of Texas-Austin). Professor. Marketing research and strategy, pricing and promotions, loyalty and satisfaction.
Constantinos Syropoulos, PhD (Yale University) Trustee Professor of International Economics. Professor. International trade, political economy, applied microeconomics.
Yoto Yotov, PhD (Boston College). Professor. International trade, applied microeconomics, political economy.
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