The United States is inextricably linked with the global economy. Doing business today requires a global mindset. Acquire the skills and knowledge needed to work in global markets, across national cultures, and understand differing business practices by immersing yourself in transformative global experiences in D’Amore-McKim’s BS in International Business program.

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BS in International Business Overview

By graduation, you will have had the opportunity to study in one or more foreign countries and gain work experience at home and abroad through two or more cooperative education assignments. Ultimately, students who choose the BS in International Business program will learn how a globalized economy impacts business, especially within the business concentration areas they’ve chosen to study.

Unique Features

  • Become global with life-changing learning opportunities worldwide.
  • Become more professional on co-op and in the classroom. Complete the degree in four or five years, depending on the program of study you design.
  • Upon graduation, you’ll be ready to work for a home country company that operates internationally or to work overseas on an international assignment.

We give students the flexibility to create their own path by seeking out additional concentrations, minors outside of business, and opportunities for study and co-op abroad. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisors early to plan their individual action plan.

Combined Major

D’Amore-McKim partners with CSSH to offer a unique combined major, the BS in International Affairs and International Business. This offers students a chance to study and get co-ops in international business and international affairs.

BS in International Business Curriculum

The curriculum below is an abbreviated sample of the academic requirements for the BS in International Business degree. Please refer to the BS in International Business program information in the Registrar’s Undergraduate Catalog for the curriculum appropriate to your class year. Course numbers and titles are subject to change.

Business Core

ACCT 1201. Financial Accounting and Reporting. 4 Hours.

Covers the basic concepts underlying financial statements and the accounting principles followed in the preparation of the balance sheet, the income statement, and the statement of cash flows. Offers students an opportunity to become familiar with accounting terminology and methods designed to enable them to interpret, analyze, and evaluate published corporate financial reports. Wherever appropriate, the course relates current economic, business, and global events to accounting issues. Analyzes how financial reporting concepts affect the behavior of investors, creditors, and other external users. Emphasizes the importance of ethics in financial reporting. Requires second-semester-freshman standing or above.

ENTR 2301. Innovation!. 4 Hours.

Designed for students across the entire University who wish to learn about innovation—the creative process, the different types of innovation, how innovations are created, and how innovations can be transformed into commercial reality either as new products or new services and either in startups, existing corporations, and nonprofit entities. Offers students an opportunity to obtain the fundamental insight needed to understand the innovation process and to become a player in it.

FINA 2201. Financial Management. 4 Hours.

Designed to develop the financial skills and logical thought processes necessary to understand and discuss financial policy decisions in a global economy. Specific objectives include developing an understanding of the time value of money; using financial statements in decision making; and understanding the nature of financial markets, the cost of capital, valuation of stocks and bonds, management of short-term assets, short-term and long-term financing, capital markets, and multinational financial management. Addresses the impact of legal, social, technological, and ethical considerations on efficient economic outcomes. Requires a financial calculator and provides an opportunity to develop computer spreadsheet skills.

MGSC 2301. Business Statistics. 4 Hours.

Offers students an opportunity to obtain the necessary skills to collect, summarize, analyze, and interpret business-related data. Covers descriptive statistics, sampling and sampling distributions, statistical inference, relationships between variables, formulating and testing hypotheses, and regression analysis in the context of business. Use of the SPSS statistical programming package is an integral part of the course.

MKTG 2201. Introduction to Marketing. 4 Hours.

Provides an overview of the role of marketing in business and society. Considers the planning, implementation, and evaluation of marketing efforts in consumer and business-to-business companies, in service and goods companies, and in for-profit and nonprofit organizations. Also examines contemporary issues in marketing that can affect organizational success. A term project is used to enable students to apply their learning about the fundamentals of marketing.

ORGB 3201. Organizational Behavior. 4 Hours.

Provides an overview of the actions and behaviors of people in organizations. Uses case studies, videos, experiential exercises, lectures, and discussions to explore the effects of individual, interpersonal, group, organizational, and cross-cultural factors on human behavior. Topics include groups and teams, motivation, leadership, organizational change, organizational culture, structure, conflict resolution, and communication. Both the underlying theories and principles of these topics, as well as their practical applications and implications for organizations, are covered.

International Business Requirements

INTB 1202. Becoming a Global Manager. 4 Hours.

Covers frameworks for understanding global business as an integrated whole, focusing on competencies required for authentic global leadership and methods for interpreting cultural norms and practices. Ethical theories addressing dilemmas germane to modern international business are embedded throughout the course. Offers students multiple opportunities to analyze and interpret culture and to develop ethical reasoning using interactive, team-based exercises. Designed as a foundational, cornerstone course that frames the BSIB program of study and maps the way forward.

INTB 2202. Analyzing the Global Business Environment. 4 Hours.

Analyzes the global business environment—political, economic, sociocultural—and the use of various frameworks to aid in analysis and decision making. Introduces the global business environment in which firms have to compete. Specifically examines contemporary issues over the political, social, and economic consequences of the globalization of markets and industries. Also examines the responses of multinational enterprises to the challenges of globalization. Offers students an opportunity to review and revise their professional development plans (PDPs).

INTB 3202. Managing the International Assignment. 4 Hours.

Seeks to help students prepare for and succeed in an international assignment. Begins with classroom work during the semester before students leave for their expatriate year, continues throughout their year overseas, and concludes with debriefing sessions upon return. Requires monthly reports while overseas to document their academic and co-op learning, Exposes students to cultural diversity and the pervasive, but hidden, influence of culture on how people live, work, and manage. Offers students an opportunity to (1) develop abilities needed to function effectively in situations of cultural diversity; (2) develop an appreciation of the issues that they may confront; (3) create awareness of the personal impact of an international assignment while they are living and working abroad.

INTB 4202. Executing Global Strategy. 4 Hours.

Emphasizes global strategy and execution as well as the leadership requirements necessary to execute global strategy. Offers a capstone, “big picture” course that draws on and integrates all business fields and presents a global manager’s perspective. Uses the knowledge acquired in core courses—such as finance, accounting, operations, marketing, and organizational behavior—along with their international dimensions, to study how global managers reach strategic management decisions for the firm and its role in society. Offers students an opportunity to review and revise their professional development plans (PDPs) following their return from the expatriate experience and begin to develop post–Northeastern PDPs.

Choose a Concentration

Accounting is a dynamic profession that requires people to possess sound technical knowledge, critical thinking skills, superior interpersonal skills, and the ability to communicate effectively.

Experiential Learning

A cooperative education experience, or Co-op, is the cornerstone experiential learning opportunity for D’Amore-McKim students.

Meet Our Students

Seven semesters, 21 countries, and three co-ops. Lindis Barry, DMSB’19, is taking over our Instagram account this Monday to give us an inside look at her D’Amore-McKim experience.

Catherine Hogan, DMSB’20, is taking over the @damoremckim Instagram account this week, detailing her recent experiences on the dialogue: Entrepreneurship and Global Consulting in Israel. Follow along for an inside look at her time abroad!

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