University Bulletin 2002-03
An interdepartmental program
International Business

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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 (Minor)

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 majors 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 (Minor)

A. Four core courses: ECON 2a, 12a, 19b, 37b.

B. One course in statistics (ECON 83a, PSYC 51a, MATH 36a, b, or another statistics course approved by the program advising head).

C. At least one elective from the following list: ECON 71a, 74b, 76b, 125a, 135a, 137a, 139a, 141b, 160a, 161a, 171a, 172b, 173a, 177b, IEF 135b, 148a, POL 172b, PSYC 34b.

Special Notes

Economics majors may complete this program. No more than three courses may be double-counted. Thus a major who takes six ECON courses for IB can count only three of these toward the nine ECON courses required for the economics major. Students undertaking this program and the economics minor are also subject to restrictions to minimize the overlap in content. Consult your advisor for approval of such combined programs.

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

Courses of Instruction

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.
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


ANTH 111b
Occupational Cultures

ECON 26a
Latin America's Economy

ECON 71a
Introduction to Finance

ECON 74b
Law and Economics

ECON 76b
Trade Unions, Collective Bargaining, and Public Policy

ECON 125a
Transition and Institutional Economics

ECON 135a
Industrial Organization

ECON 139a
Economics of Antitrust

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 173a
Venture Capital and Private Equity

ECON 177b
Economic Regulation and Deregulation

IEF 135b
Creating New Ventures

IEF 148a
Business on the Internet

POL 172b
Introduction to International Political Economy

PSYC 34b
Social Psychology