Zicklin Undergraduate Programs

International Business BBA


Baruch College has recognized international business as an important area of study for over 60 years. The students that graduate from this program will be some of the most well-rounded students because they have lived in a foreign country, know a foreign language, worked on international projects, become an expert in a functional business area, and meet the requirements of a Baruch BBA degree.

Eligibility and Application

The IB major is a selective major and requires an application to join. Students must be admitted to Zicklin to apply for the IB major, and have a GPA of 3.0 or above. For more information on admission to the Zicklin School of Business, consult the Zicklin Admission page.

If you are admitted to Zicklin on Path 1 (Direct Admission), you must have a Baruch GPA of 3.0 or above to apply to the IB major.

If you are admitted to Zicklin on Path 2 (Early Entry) or Path 3 (Regular Entry), you may apply to the IB major with a 3.0 GPA either at Baruch or transferred from a previous school.

There are two application cycles per year. The application will be active from the end of May through August 15 for students who complete their Zicklin admission prereqs in the spring or summer. It will be active from the end of December through January 15 for students completing their Zicklin admission prereqs in the fall or winter.

Applications are evaluated on a combination of academic achievement, written communication skills, and demonstration of passion for the field of international business. Approximately 50-70 students per year will be accepted to the IB major.


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Curriculum and Requirements

For a major in International Business, students are required to take 21 credits of international-related courses (four core and three electives), and a three course minor in either Finance or Marketing. Students must also prove or acquire proficiency in a foreign language. Students are also expected to spend a semester studying abroad in either the spring semester of the junior year or the fall semester of the senior year. Students who are admitted in the fall semester will complete a program of study that lasts a minimum of four semesters, whereas students who are admitted in the spring will complete a compressed schedule that lasts three semesters.

Major Requirements


Required Courses (12 credits)


MKT 3400 International Business Principles
IBS 4200 Foreign Markets, Cultures, and Institutions 3
MGT 4880 Management of Multinational Corporations 3
IBS 5750 International Competitiveness  3
Three electives (9 credits)
ECO 4150 The Economics of International Trade 3
MKT 4410 International Trade Operations 3
MKT 4460 International Supply Chain Management 3
COM 3069 Intercultural Communications 3
LAW 3111 Law and International Business 3
POL 3103 Political Economy 3
POL 3344 The United Nations in World Politics 3
IBS 3000 Innovation, Technology and the Global Enterprise 3
IBS 4093 Special Topics 3
IBS 5000 Independent Study 3
Minor in Marketing (9 Credits)
MKT 3605  Consumer Behavior 3
MKT 4420  International Marketing 3
MKT 5750  Marketing Strategy 3
Minor in Finance (9 Credits)
FIN 3610  Corporate Finance 3
FIN 3710  Investments 3
ECO 3250  International Economics 3


Foreign Language Requirement

The International Business major requires students to graduate with a foreign language proficiency. There are two ways to achieve this:

  1. Take 2 courses at the 3000 level and at least 1 course at the 4000 level (i.e., capstone class) in a foreign language offered at Baruch.
  2. Pass a written and oral test in a foreign language, administered by the Weissman Center for International Business. Students who achieve the score of “advanced low” on this test are considered to have met the requirement. Please contact the major coordinator for information about this test. 
International Experience Requirement

The International Business major requires students to have experience living and studying in another country. Students are expected to spend either the spring of the junior year or the fall of the senior year studying abroad, taking coursework towards their major and other requirements. See the Study Abroad Office website for information on how to apply, destinations, and financial aid for study abroad.

Students who are unable to study abroad for a semester for a valid reason are expected to work with the Major Coordinator to complete the international experience learning objectives in an alternate way.

Faculty Advisor and Coordinator

Undergraduate IB Coordinator
Sarah Demetz
Weissman Center for International Business
Box J-0810
New York, NY 10010

Faculty Director
Prof. Myung-Soo Lee
Marketing/IB Department, VC 12-246