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 requires an application to join. Students who have completed their pre-Zicklin requirements are eligible to apply, i.e., the same time that you are eligible to enter Zicklin. Applications to the IB major are evaluated over the summer for the following fall, and over the winter break for the spring. You should apply at the end of the term in which you are finishing the last of your pre-Zicklin requirements.
The application to join the major in the Fall 2020 will be open until August 15, 2020.
Admissions will be based on a holistic evaluation of applicant essays and transcript. Students should have a GPA of 3.0 to be competitive for the major, although applicants with a GPA slightly below will still be considered. Due to the Flexible Grading Policy the admission committee will not begin reviewing applications until after June 25, in order for students to make their decisions on the best grading option for themselves. Additionally, the admission committee will take into consideration the extraordinary circumstances of the spring 2020 semester.
Enrollment in the program is subject to a limited number of openings; the typical cohort is 55 students.
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.
Required Courses (12 credits)
|MKT 3400||International Business Principles||
|IBS 4200||Foreign Markets, Cultures, and Institutions (spring only)||3|
|MGT 4880||Management of Multinational Corporations||3|
|IBS 5750||International Competitiveness (spring only)||3|
Three electives (9 credits)
|MKT 4401||International Trade Financing||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|
|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:
- 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.
- Pass a written and oral test in a foreign language, administered by the department. Students who achieve the score of “advanced low” on this test are considered to have met the requirement.
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
Weissman Center for International Business
New York, NY 10010
Prof. Andreas Grein
Marketing/IB Department, VC 12-255