Program Overview

The globalization of markets, trade and production is growing at unprecedented speed and changing the foundation of modern business. The international business program is designed to lead students to an understanding of the important issues and strategies utilized by global organizations to manage in a cross-cultural environment.A group of undergrads meet with a professor.‌‌

The program examines the global business environment as a whole, with an emphasis on multinational organizations, economic and political systems, socio-cultural structures, and diversities with operational significance for international business.

Drawing from a diverse and interdisciplinary faculty, you are pushed to think critically, work to solve global problems, and promote social justice and service. This perspective aims to provide Dolan School of Business Undergrad's enjoying their trip abroad during the semester.‌‌you with an awareness of global interdependence and the socio-political and economic environments of different countries. To broaden the scope of study, the program includes first-hand learning opportunities through studying abroad, internships with international businesses, and advanced language training courses.

As a graduate of the program, you are equipped with a broad knowledge of the social, cultural, political and economic influences of the international business world. These skills prepare you well for furthering your studies in a graduate program or becoming a professional in a variety of business fields.

 

 

Hear from Peter Otoki '08, an international business major, about his professional career path

Requirements

Students majoring in International Business begin with foundational coursework in international relations, economics, geography, and sociology/anthropology, and complete their degree requirements with a senior capstone research project. To prepare for this, they develop their own specialization by taking two 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.

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, internships and study abroad opportunities, and through work with our faculty in research projects and as student teaching assistants.

Requirements include:

For a major in International Business, students complete:

  • IL 50 People, Places and Global Issues
  • IL 51 International Relations: Theories and Challenges
  • IL 52 Culture and Political Economy
  • EC 11 Introduction to Microeconomics (required for all business students)
  • EC 12 Introduction to Macroeconomics (required for all business students)
  • IL 300 Senior Capstone Seminar
  • Choose 2 electives from any of the 3 thematic areas
  • Choose a co-curricular major or minor in the Dolan School of Business.

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.

Course Offerings

See International Studies/International Business course descriptions from our catalog‌ for more information

Foundational Courses

IL 50 People, Places and Global Issues 
IL 51 International Relations: Theories and Challenges
IL 52 Culture and Political Economy
EC 11 Introduction to Microeconomics (required for all business students)
EC 12 Introduction to Macroeconomics (required for all business students)
IL 300 Capstone

Electives

Global Development 

AY 130 Cultures of Africa
AY 152 Islamic Societies and Cultures
AY 190 North African Society and Culture
AY 200 Anthropology Research Methods
CO 241 Communication & Culture: East & West
EC 230 Comparative Economic Systems
EC 231 International Trade
EC 233 International Economic Policy and Finance
EC 235 Economic Development of Third World Nations
FI 200 Global Capital Markets
FI 240 International Finance
HI 284 20th Century Russia
HI 285 Modern China: 1800 to Present
HI 289 Modern Latin America, 1800 to Present
HI 366 Gender, Cultures, and Representation: Women in China and Japan
IL 280 Global Leadership for Research and Project Development
IL 298 Internship
IL 299 Independent Studies
IS 350 International Information Systems
MG 350 International Law
MG 390 Cross Management: Non-Western Business Cultures
MK 312 Global Marketing
PO 131 International Environmental Policy
PO 134 Globalization: Who Rules the World?
PO 142 Latin American Politics
PO 144 Middle Eastern Politics
PO 149 Third World: Common Fate? Common Bond?
SO 188 Contemporary Latin American and Caribbean Society
SO 190 Globalization
SO 191 Social Change in Developing Nations

Conflict, Diplomacy, and Peace Building 

AE 293 Ethics of War and Peace
AE 393 Seminar on War, Peace, and Public Policy
AY 200 Anthropology Research Methods
CO 240 Intercultural Communication
HI 251 The American Century? U.S. Foreign Relations since 1900
HI 265 The History of the Indian Subcontinent: Colonialism, Nationalism and Democracy, c. 1857-today
HI 273 Cultural and Historical Aspects of Post-Communist Transition
HI 274 Historical Perspectives on Contemporary Global Crises
IL 197 UN Security Council Simulation
IL 280 Global Leadership for Research and Project Development
IL 298 Internship
IL 299 Independent Study
MG 360 Negotiation and Dispute Resolution
PH 263 The Concept of Human Rights
PO 133 U.S. Foreign Policy
PO 135 Introduction to International Law
PO 136 Gender, War, and Peace
PO 137 Threats to Global Security in the 21st Century
PO 140 Islam and Muslim Politics
PO 141 African Politics
PO 147 Northern Ireland: The Politics of War and Peace
PO 148 Political Violence
SO 189 Sociology of Europe

Humanitarianism and Social Justice 

AY 163 Culture and Inequality
AY 168 Women and Men: The Anthropology of Gender
AY 180 International Research Practicum
AY 200 Anthropology Research Methods
EC 120 Environmental Economics
HI 270 History of Global and Humanitarian Action
IL 150 International Operations of Non-Profits
IL 152 International Human Rights
IL 280 Global Leadership for Research and Project Development
IL 298 Internship
IL 299 Independent Study
LAC 300 Justice and the Developing World
MG 370 Managing Nonprofit Organizations
MG 385 Managing People for Global Business
PH 263 The Concept of Human Rights
PO 12 Introduction to Comparative Politics
PO 115 Introduction to Peace and Justice
PO 129 Politics of Humanitarian Action
PO 138 Border Politics
RS 235 Liberation Theology
SO 185 International Migration and Refugees

Faculty

The College of Arts and Sciences at Fairfield University is home to a vibrant community of engaged faculty, dedicated staff and budding scholars devoted to the process of invention and discovery and excited by the prospect of producing knowledge in the service of others. Meet the passionate members of our International Studies Department.

Internships

The International Studies Program partners with the Dolan School of Business and the Career Planning Center to Fairfield students discussing internship tips together.‌support the professional development of International Business majors. International Business is designed to prepare students for careers in multinational organizations, financial institutions, and other service industries, trading organizations, non-profit and government institutions.

Given the high number of nonprofit organizations and international businesses located in Fairfield County, coupled with the University's proximity to New York City, Fairfield can arrange internship opportunities with a significant international orientation. Recent placements include:

International Business majors are eligible to receive academic credit for their internships through the International Studies Program, provided they have a GPA of 2.8 or above. For more information, click here or contact Ms. Anita Deeg-Carlin, Associate Director of the International Studies Program. International Business majors are also encouraged to contact Ms. Sarah Bollinger, Director of Internships, to learn how the Dolan School's internship opportunities can help prepare you for your career.  

Students who are interested in summer international internships abroad should read about our Global Scholars Program.  

All Fairfield students are encouraged to regularly visit the Career Planning Center for career-related resources. The Career Planning Center utilizes Stags4Hire to coordinate the campus recruiting process for internships and full-time jobs. All seniors, juniors and sophomores have an account but they must be activated by the student.

Academic Success

International Business graduates pursue careers in a myriad of international-related career options. Recent graduates have taken positions in the private sector with companies such as:

  • Goldman Sachs
  • GE Capital
  • OMD Worldwide
  • Regan Communications

The International Studies/Business program has an outstanding record of Fulbright awards for students to conduct research abroad after they graduate from Fairfield. Students also pursue graduate degrees at leading institutions, including recently at:

  • Rutgers University
  • Hofstra University
  • Pace University
  • University of Connecticut

Learn more about how Fairfield's Career Planning Center can support your post-graduate goals, and how Fairfield's tight-knit alumni network can build career and mentoring opportunities that last a lifetime.

Alumni Spotlight

International Studies/International Business graduates pursue careers in a myriad of international-related career options with private and non-profit/public sector employers. Our program also has an outstanding record of Fulbright awards for students to conduct research abroad after they graduate from Fairfield. Students have also pursued graduate degrees at leading institutions.

Career Placements: Americorps, Catholic Relief Services, Clinton Global Initiative, General Electric, Save the Children, & Teach for America
Graduate School/scholarships: Brooklyn Law School, Quinnipiac University School of Law, St. John's Law School, Suffolk University Law School, University of Connecticut MPA 

Alumni Profiles

Julia Schuble

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Undergrad Degree: B.S.- International Business, Minor- French
Current hometown: Washington, DC
Name of employer: U.S. Department of State
Job title & brief description of duties: Office Management Specialist for U.S. Department of State’s Office of the Haiti Special Coordinator

 

How did you select your major? And how did that contribute to your professional/personal life?

I knew that I wanted to go to business school and that I enjoyed studying foreign cultures, so I chose to major in International Business. Thanks to my Fairfield education and other experiences, my foreign relations background and core business skills provided me with a solid foundation and the flexibility to transition into different career fields. The IL capstone project was a very good preview of the work I would begin in graduate school classes. I went on to earn a graduate certificate in International Trade, and will be returning to school for a Master’s degree in the fall. In addition to my other skills, my minor in French helped me to secure a position in the Haiti Office, where I have been able to utilize the language to read and write documents, as well as converse with foreign nationals and ambassadors. 

 

How did you come to work in your current career field and what inspires you about your work?

Working in D.C. provides a plethora of choices when seeking involvement in the international community. I have always strongly believed in helping others and so pursuing a career as a public servant was a natural choice for me. With my international business background, study abroad experience, and language minor, the U.S. Department of State is a wonderful fit. I am inspired every day by the differences my office makes. In particular, January 12, 2015 was the five year anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti. Seeing the differences U.S. government involvement has made, even though there is still much to do, provides me with a sense of meaning and drives me to do more. As well as fueling my daily motivation, my work for the State Department inspires me to volunteer more in my community. I strongly believe in the saying "if you want to change the world, start in your own backyard."

 

Which extra-curricular activity had the greatest impact on your personal development while at Fairfield?

The Fairfield University Pep Band had the greatest impact on my development. I created friendships, learned and developed a skill, and fostered team spirit. The practices, games, and various experiences, such as lunch at the Jesuit residence and annual MAAC tournaments, helped me to establish a strong sense of community. The team-building exercises have given me the leadership, team and communication skills that I frequently call upon in my professional life.  I was so grateful for the chance to promote my school and form lasting relationships. It is a time I shall always cherish.  

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Student Spotlight

Morgan Amsrud

 

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Name:  Morgan Amsrud
Undergrad Degree: Accounting and International Business, minor in Humanitarian Action  
Hometown: Gettysburg, PA
Extracurricular Activities: Running, tennis, yoga, Netflix

 

Why did you choose to attend Fairfield University?

I chose to attend Fairfield University after taking a second tour of the campus and learning about the Jesuit values. I loved the campus and small class size, the students seemed friendly, and I enjoyed the values the school stands on. I was drawn to a university that placed such importance on serving others while making sure to serve oneself.

How/why did you select your major/minor?

I chose international business because I wanted a career that would allow me to travel. I was unsure of what international business was when I applied for the major, and once I began taking courses, I realized how much I enjoyed it. My classes have introduced me to many new perspectives, including humanitarian work, which is now what I want to do after graduating.

Describe a project done through the program that you are particularly proud of.

This summer, I attended Dr. Leatherman’s United Nations Security Council Crisis Simulation course, a mock simulation class centered around the inner workings of the UN Security Council. Each student was given a country to represent. We all had to draft opening and closing statements based on our own countries values, and then worked together to draft a resolution statement that each nation would be comfortable drafting. In addition to our coursework, the class toured the United Nations headquarters. The course was incredibly impactful and eye opening. Drafting a resolution that all members would agree upon was a challenge and it shed light onto the intricacies of the United Nations’ work. Furthermore, it was interesting to see how different nations responded to humanitarian crisis and how these perspectives shape the humanitarian field as a whole. I found resolution making oddly enjoyable, and this course has made me consider working for the United Nations after graduation.

What attributes regarding the faculty did you find particularly helpful/encouraging?

The professors in the international business department are spectacular. They are incredibly dedicated and passionate and have been open minded to my work, opinions, and writing. Passionate professors make the best courses because their enjoyment of the subject rubs off on their students. All of my professors are quick to help when I have any questions, whether they’re about my career or how to write in an active voice. Their dedication to their students makes a world of difference.

Describe a favorite course and how it helped your academic growth

International businesses courses are by far my favorite classes every semester. Dr. Jones’ class, “People, Places, and Global Issues,” was an incredibly eye opening experience. She taught her class in a perspective I was unaccustomed to. It took me out of my very one-sided way of thinking - based on my own personal experiences - and showed me situations from the perspectives of those who are on the receiving end. It taught me that it is very easy to overlook injustice when it does not affect you, and it is very easy to pretend it isn’t happening.

Describe the ways that the University’s Jesuit mission and identity had a positive influence in your academic and personal experience.

The Jesuit values have affected my life more than I thought they would when I first began at this university. The level of compassion and empathy I have learned will serve me all of my life. It is because of this understanding and empathy that I want to join the humanitarian field and serve those in need. These values have shaped who I am as a person, and have instilled in me a need to serve those around me.

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Diana Olivo

 

 

 

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Name: Diana Olivo
Undergrad Degree: International Business and Management
Hometown: Bridgeport, CT
Extracurricular Activities: Project Excel, WEPA Club and Employees at the Stag Bar

Why did you choose to attend Fairfield University?

While I was a senior at Warren Harding High School in Bridgeport CT, my counselor asked me what college I wanted to attend. At that moment I didn't have a specific college in mind. I told him that I wanted to go to a college that was close to home and that I could afford. One of the reasons why I chose Fairfield University was because it offered me a full scholarship. In addition, Fairfield has a strong faculty and a good reputation that could open doors for my career development. As a Latina, I also found how well Fairfield University promotes the importance of diversity within its community very attractive.

How/why did you select your major/minor?

I entered Fairfield University as an undecided student. It wasn't until my sophomore year that I decided to double major in international business and management. I chose International because it allows me to have a sense of how to conduct business globally. It gives me an understanding of how the economic, political and social worlds work in a broader sense and provides me the opportunity to learn about how people behave in different environments. After taking the course “Introduction to Management,” I also decided to do a second major in management because I wanted to have a better understanding of how I should manage a business, in addition to learning how to treat people in way that makes them feel comfortable.

Describe a project or an activity that you have been involved with through the program that you are particularly proud of.

I am proud to be an employee at Fairfield University at the Stag Bar. Working at the Stag Bar gave me the opportunity to develop a professional relationship with other Stag employees. I am able to collaborate with managers and kitchen staff to ensure quick service to our customers. In addition, I learned to multitask during peak hours by delivering fast service.

What attributes regarding the faculty do you find particularly helpful/encouraging?

I love the kindness and enthusiasm of most of my faculty. It is very helpful when my schedule is tight that I can go to office hours and the professor makes me feel that things are easier than I think. It is very encouraging when the faculty is passionate with their classes and they pass that passion to the students by teaching in interesting ways.

Describe a favorite course and how it helped your academic growth.

It is hard to pick a particular class as your favorite when you enjoyed most of your classes. However, I can say that I really enjoyed IL52. This class was very challenging and interesting at the same time. One thing that I really liked about this course is that it gave me the opportunity to develop my thinking skills and be able to analyze social behavior based on other people's perspectives. This class helped me understand how one culture influences social behavior. I learned to see beyond my cultural understanding as well appreciates others' cultures.

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From Classroom to Career

The Classroom to Career program is designed for your major and offers a variety of career planning opportunities that add value to your classroom experience and help you prepare for life after graduation.

Student Resources

Academic Information

Summer International Internships

Please see our Global Scholars Program website for more information about this exciting new program.

Scholarships and Fellowships

For useful information on scholarships and fellowships related to global learning, please see this site.

For information regarding grants and fellowships for graduate students, please see: Fellowship Finder →

Professional Associations and Organizations

The following international institutions and organizations are relevant to the field of International Studies

Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA)

International Monetary Fund (IMF)

International Studies Association (ISA)

United Nations (UN)

United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

The World Bank Group

Student Learning Outcomes

Goal 1: Develop written communication skills

Objectives:

  1. Summarize key points in scholarly articles
  2. Apply theories to support primary claim in a paper
  3. Apply empirical evidence to support a particular point of view

 

Goal 2: Develop critical thinking skills

Objectives:

  1. Analyze issues or events in countries or regions
  2. Draw from theories and concepts to produce original analysis
  3. Critically evaluate multiple perspectives

Goal 3: Develop knowledge of key concepts

Objectives:

  1. Articulate the basic concepts and theories of economics
  2. Summarize international relations theories
  3. Identify classic social theories

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