International business, as an academic field, identifies, describes and assesses business phenomena in a variety of cultural, political, social and economic contexts. As an international business major, your coursework will bridge contexts and lay the foundation for superior business practices. International business research informs policy makers, managers and enhances the potential for businesses to make positive contributions to society.
The principal objective of the BS in International Business is to prepare aspiring students for careers in globally integrated for-profit and nonprofit organizations, as well as for cross-border entrepreneurial pursuits. More specifically, you'll gain necessary analytical skills, knowledge and intellectual versatility to succeed in careers involving international market analysis, global business development, consulting, international banking and finance in any country and culture, across a wide range of industries.
As an international business major at SNHU, you'll acquire the necessary skills and knowledge to:
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission - to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of majoring in international business at SNHU include:
International business graduates from SNHU often start their careers in the domestic headquarters or branches of an organization in a division involved in international activities and advance to positions coordinating global activities. Opportunities for overseas assignments may emerge within a few years depending on the specialized skills (e.g., language) required by the company in its foreign operations. Graduates typically find opportunities in the following areas as active professionals and entrepreneurs:
The BS in International Business at SNHU was initiated in 1980 and has been a driving force in the global orientation of the School of Business. Our innovative curriculum is designed to build skills that are essential to navigating today’s highly competitive global markets with instant communication, rapidly changing business models and complex relationships.
As an international business major at SNHU, you'll be encouraged to pursue concentrations to obtain depth in a business function (e.g., marketing, finance, etc.) that will compliment your international business training and enhance your post-graduation placement opportunities. You can select minor areas in Finance, Marketing, Organizational Leadership, Operations Management, Hospitality and Sports.
Full-time international business faculty at SNHU are a highly respected, experienced, diverse group of scholars recognized as productive academics, effective teachers and competent experts in their respective functional areas within the academic and business community. Their teaching spans all tiers of the academic pyramid, from undergraduate to doctoral level, and they are practiced in diverse domestic and international settings. They all have doctoral degrees from respected U.S. universities.
Free elective Credits: 15
This course is the foundation for business in a global context with an emphasis on applications. It offers a survey of fundamentals and principles of management in the context of globally oriented firms and primarily presents an assessment of the differences between business in domestic and international context. The course explores fundamental issues in business in an increasingly interdependent world; including management principles and techniques in a global context. Themes constituting fundamentals of international business such as economic, political, cultural and social environment of business; organizations that facilitate international business and organizational structures; trade theory; government influence on trade; international business modalities and entry strategies into foreign markets, global financial system as well as the emerging issues related to international business; are also explored.
This course is designed to familiarize students with global financial architecture and the modus operandi of global financial markets and multinational financial institutions, with the focus on policy- and concept-oriented issues in international banking and international capital markets. It aims to provide a comprehensive background to understand the international financial environment and to expose students to a wide range of international financial functions, operations and products.
This course introduces students to the management of global operations. It covers the major functional areas of management as they are practiced in a multinational corporation. This includes participation, organization, financial management, production and marketing strategies, human resource development, communications and control and the formation of strategic alliances. The course uses texts, simulations and cases.
This course is designed for those students who are pursuing a major and those that have definite interest in carrying out a career in International Business as well as those who seek to broaden their knowledge in the field. Explicitly, the course will introduce students to the contemporary issues and challenges faced by managers of Multinational Corporations in the International Business setting. The course will give students the opportunity to work in teams by focusing on a practical approach to learning. It will provide students with skills that can facilitate their entry into a job market in International Business or related field at various levels of expertise.
The course introduces students to strategic management in the global arena. It focuses on the internal strategic environment of an organization, the external strategic factors present in the international environment, and the manner in which a strategic thrust and a strategic fit are created between these two environments. The course relies on the use of case studies of U.S. and foreign international corporations. Not available every semester. Writing Intensive Course.
This course covers the development of international marketing programs from the determination of objectives and methods of organization through the execution of research, advertising, distribution and production activities. International similarities and differences in marketing functions as related to the cultural, economic, political, social and physical dimensions of the environment are examined. Also considered are the changes in marketing systems and the adoption of marketing philosophies and practices to fill conditions in different countries. Offered as needed.
Select four of the following:
International Economics develops and explores alternative explanations for the determinants of international trade and financial flows. Emphasis is placed on analyzing the cause and effect of such international phenomena as trade patterns, factor mobility, direct and portfolio investment, multinational corporations, balance of payments disequilibria, and government trade and exchange controls. The course highlights the interdependence of nation-states in the world economy and the development of national policies that are designed to alter or control the pattern of international trade and investment.
This course emphasizes aspects of financial planning for corporations with overseas operations. The sources and uses of corporate funds abroad are evaluated and criteria for choosing among alternative foreign investments are analyzed. The effects of international corporate financial planning, including such factors as the characteristics of foreign money and capital markets, international financial institutions, exchange rate changes, currency restrictions, tax regulations and accounting practices, are examined.
This course introduces students to such primary cultural factors as religion, language, values, technology, social organization and political environment that affect U.S. firms doing business outside of the United States. Students learn the significance of identifying and assessing the importance of these factors so they can more effectively manage in the international environment. A variety of international environments will be studied. The course uses text, cases and exercises.
The primary focus of this course is "How to Get Started Building an Import/Export Business." This course introduces students to many complexities of building an import/export business, including economics and politics, planning and negotiation, foreign currency transactions, shipping and insurance, documentation and the intricacies of exporting from and importing to the United States. Offered every other year.
This course emphasizes aspects of financial planning for corporations with overseas operations. The sources and uses of corporate funds abroad are evaluated and the criteria for choosing among alternative foreign investments are analyzed. The effects of international corporate financial planning are examined, with attention paid to such factors as the characteristics of foreign money and capital markets, international financial institutions, exchange rate changes, currency restrictions, tax regulations and accounting practices.
This course provides a hands-on perspective of creating an international enterprise from an entrepreneur's viewpoint. The course provides a comprehensive process that covers four stages of global entrepreneurship: (1) pre-global decision- making; (2) strategy formulation; (3) the mechanics of going global; and (4) sustaining global success. This course provides students with the foundation for taking the North American Small Business International Trade Educators (NASBITE) Certification Global Business Professional (CGBP) exam.
This is an overview course surveying the licensing of intellectual property with a special focus on the international arena. Emphasis will be placed on the nature of intellectual property, licensing theory and practice, licensing negotiations, license drafting, and license implementation and administration after the completed agreement. Offered as needed.
*Students may also take 6 credits of Foreign Language from the following subjects: LAR, LFR, LMN, and LSP.
*Students may take only one of the following two courses, FIN 336 and INT 336.
You also have the option of earning your bachelor’s degree in International Business in just three years through our innovative Degree in Three program. Combining traditional classroom studies with unique out-of-classroom learning experiences, Degree in Three lets you:
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