1997-98 University Bulletin Entry for:

Program in International Business

S = Objectives

This program introduces undergraduates to the functions and problems of business enterprise and helps them to acquire skills essential to a business career. Administered and staffed by the Graduate School of International Economics and Finance and the economics department, the curriculum recognizes the trend toward global markets and the ethical and strategic challenges posed by rapid change.

S = How to Become a Program Member

The program is designed to be accessible to any Brandeis undergraduate and to serve students with a broad range of interests. It welcomes all students who wish to augment their liberal arts education with a brief but sophisticated overview of the business sector. Economics concentrators may also complete this program. Satisfactory completion of the program is noted on the studentís permanent record and transcripts and a Program in International Business certificate is awarded.

S = Committee

Anne Carter, Director


For additional members of the IB program see the Faculty listings for Economics and the Graduate School of International Economics and Finance.

S = Requirements for the Program

A. Students other than economics concentrators are required to take five core courses: ECON 2a, 12a, 19b, 37b, and IB 7a. A statistics course may be substituted for IB7a with the permission of the program director. Economics concentrators are exempted from the IB 7a requirement, as they are required to take ECON 83a and may not claim credit for IB 7a.

B. Students other than economics concentrators must complete at least one elective course from the following list: ANTH 111b, ECON 32b, 33a, 60a, 74b, 76b, 136b, 141b, 160a, 161a, 171a, 172b, 175a, 177b, or POL 172b.

C. Economics concentrators may complete this program, however they may not double-count more than two of the remaining eight courses for the concentration and the remaining five courses for the minor.

S = Special Notes

IB 92b is not a required course nor does it qualify as an elective in the program.

S = Courses of Instruction

IB 7a Quantitative Analysis for International Business

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Prerequisite: ECON 37b. Enrollment limited to 35.

Introduction to quantitative techniques, computer tools, and data sources commonly used in management. Topics include statistical inference, regression analysis, spreadsheet and database programs, and access to major financial, economic, and business statistics in print, on CDROM and online. Usually offered every fall.


IB 92b Work in the Global Business Environment: Internship and Seminar

Prerequisites: ECON 37b and completion of at least two other required courses in the Program in International Business. Students must arrange an internship placement prior to registration. Normally the internship is concurrent with the seminar. Students wishing to fulfill the internship component of the course abroad, or in a semester when the seminar is not offered, must obtain approval from the instructor prior to the internship. A structured journal documenting the internship experience is required as a basis for seminar participation. Signature of the instructor required.

Encourages students to pool experiences and lessons drawn from various business environments and to analyze and discuss them in the context of related readings and guest lectures. Usually offered every spring.

Ms. Carter

L = Core Courses


Introduction to Economics

ECON 12a

Managerial Accounting

ECON 19b

Issues in Business and Management

ECON 37b

Functions of Capitalist Enterprise

IB 7a

Quantitative Analysis for International Business

L = Electives

ANTH 111b

Occupational Cultures

ECON 27b

The Economy of Japan

ECON 32b

Comparative Economic Systems

ECON 33a

Business in the Global Economy

ECON 60a

International Economic Policy

ECON 74b

Law and Economics

ECON 76b

Trade Unions, Collective Bargaining, and Public Policy

ECON 136b

Managerial Economics

ECON 141b

Technological and Economic Change

ECON 160a

International Trade Theory

ECON 161a

International Finance

ECON 171a

Financial Economics

ECON 172b

Money and Banking

ECON 175a

Introduction to the Economics of Development

ECON 177b

Economic Regulation and Deregulation

POL 172b

Introduction to International Political Economy