98-99 University Bulletin Entry for:

Program in International Business

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This program introduces undergraduates tothe functions and problems of business enterprise and helps themto acquire skills essential to a business career. Administeredand staffed by the Graduate School of International Economicsand Finance and the Department of Economics, the curriculum recognizesthe trend toward global markets and the ethical and strategicchallenges posed by rapid change.

How to Become a Program Member

The program is designed to be accessibleto any Brandeis undergraduate and to serve students with a broadrange of interests. It welcomes all students who wish to augmenttheir liberal arts education with a brief but sophisticated overviewof the business sector. Economics concentrators may also completethis program. Satisfactory completion of the program is notedon the student's permanent record and transcripts and a Programin International Business certificate is awarded.


Anne Carter, Director


For additional members of the IB programsee the Faculty listings for Economics and the Graduate Schoolof International Economics and Finance.

Requirements for the Program

A. Fivecore courses: ECON 2a, 12a, 19b, 37b, IB 7a. A statistics coursemay be substituted for IB 7a with the permission of the programdirector. (Economics concentrators may not enroll in 7asince they are required to take ECON 83a, a statistics course.)

B. Atleast one elective from the following list: ANTH 111b, ECON 27b,32b, 33a, 60a, 74b, 76b, 136b, 141b, 160a, 161a, 171a, 172b, 175a,177b, POL 172b.

C. Economicsconcentrators may complete this program. However they may notdouble-count more than three courses. Thus a concentrator whotakes six ECON courses for IB can count only three toward thenine ECON courses required for the Economics concentration.

Special Notes

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

Courses of Instruction

IB 7a Quantitative Analysis for InternationalBusiness

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Prerequisite: ECON 37b. Enrollment limitedto 35.

Introduction to quantitative techniques,computer tools, and data sources commonly used in management.Topics include statistical inference, regression analysis, spreadsheetand database programs, and access to major financial, economic,and business statistics in print, on CD-ROM and online. Usuallyoffered every fall.


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

Normally students must arrange an internshipplacement prior to registration and the internship is concurrentwith the seminar. Students wishing to fulfill the internship componentof the course abroad, or in a semester when the seminar is notoffered, must obtain approval from the instructor prior to theinternship. A structured journal documenting the internship experienceis required as a basis for seminar participation. Signature ofthe instructor required.

Encourages students to pool experiences andlessons drawn from various business environments and to analyzeand discuss them in the context of related readings and guestlectures. Usually offered every spring.

Ms. Carter

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


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, andPublic 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