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
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.
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.
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.
L = Core Courses
Introduction to Economics
Issues in Business and Management
Functions of Capitalist Enterprise
Quantitative Analysis for International Business
L = Electives
The Economy of Japan
Comparative Economic Systems
Business in the Global Economy
International Economic Policy
Law and Economics
Trade Unions, Collective Bargaining, and
Technological and Economic Change
International Trade Theory
Money and Banking
Introduction to the Economics of Development
Economic Regulation and Deregulation
Introduction to International Political Economy