2000-01 Bulletin Entry for:

Program in International Business


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 Department of Economics, the curriculum recognizes the trend toward global markets and the ethical and strategic challenges posed by rapid change.

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 student's permanent record and transcripts.


For additional members of the Program in International Business (IB) see the faculty listings for economics and the Graduate School of International Economics and Finance.

Requirements for the Program

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

B. At least one elective from the following list: ANTH 111b, ECON 26b, 32b, 33a, 60a, 74b, 76b, 136b, 141b, 160a, 161a, 171a, 172b, 175a, 177b, POL 172b.

C. Economics concentrators may complete this program. However they may not double-count more than three courses. Thus a concentrator who takes six ECON courses for IB can count only three toward the nine ECON courses required for the economics concentration.

Special Notes

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

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 CD-ROM and online. Usually offered every spring.


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

Normally students must arrange an internship placement prior to registration and 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. A library intensive course.

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.


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 26b

Latin America's Economy

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