The minor in emerging markets introduces students to the challenges and opportunities that face companies in countries that are rapidly developing into more developed world economies. Students have an opportunity to combine course work that explores the dynamics of conducting business and generating innovations in emerging markets with a summer field project on-site in an area of the world where markets are rapidly developing.

This interdisciplinary minor is open to business and non-business majors.

Emerging Markets Minor Curriculum

Below you will find a sample curriculum for the Undergraduate Minor in Emerging Markets. You can find the full set of Emerging Markets Minor requirements in Northeastern's Course Catalog. Please consult the Course Catalog appropriate to your class year and your academic advisor to ensure your coursework is on track.


Complete one of the following options:

INTB 2205. Business Decision Making in Developed Country Environments. 2 Hours

Focuses on international business decisions in developed nations such as the European Union, Japan, and other OECD countries and the growing importance of e-commerce. Covers export/import operations, establishing overseas joint ventures and alliances, and analyzing foreign direct investment as a key choice. Discusses configuring global supply chains and establishing global manufacturing operations. Introduces international marketing and international human resource policies. Offers students an opportunity to learn about global teams and assessing international business performance.

INTB 2206. International Business Decision Making in Emerging Markets. 2 Hours

Discusses how emerging markets fit into the global economy. Presents unique issues such as lack of infrastructure, limited affordability, volatile economies, political risk, and poverty alleviation. Describes how trade and foreign exchange policies affect emerging markets. Focuses on which emerging markets to invest in, why, and what market-entry strategies to use. Emphasizes the business opportunity in serving the poor in emerging markets. Covers the rise of digital commerce in emerging markets. Offers students an opportunity to learn about the outlook for emerging markets and implications for developed countries and the global economy.

INTB 2501. Competing to Win in Emerging Markets. 4 Hours.

Presents an introduction to emerging markets, focusing on the BRIC countries of Brazil, Russia, India, and China. Takes the perspective of U.S. companies and what they must do to be successful in emerging markets. Discusses the differences between doing business in an emerging vs. a domestic market, the opportunities and potential of an emerging market, and the risks of operating in such a market. Then looks at the world from the perspective of emerging markets and discusses steps that their governments, companies, and entrepreneurs must take to succeed in the world economy. Analyzes what emerging markets must do to raise wages and incomes, accelerate wealth creation, and reduce poverty.

INTB 4983. Special Topics in International Business. (4 Hours)

Examines areas of current interest and special topics in the field of international business. May be repeated once.

Field Study

Field study (one course required) approved by the D'Amore-McKim undergraduate dean's office. Please contact the D'Amore-McKim Academic Advising office to confirm your choice.


Complete two of the following:

AFRS 1101Introduction to African Studies
ANTH 2305Global Markets and Local Culture
ASNS 1150East Asian Studies
CLTR 1500Modern Chinese History and Culture
or HIST 1500Modern Chinese History and Culture
CLTR 1505Latin American Culture, History, and Politics
COMM 2303Global and Intercultural Communication
HIST 2311Colonialism/Imperialism
INNO 2206Global Social Enterprise
INTB 3310Cultural Aspects of International Business
INTL 3400International Conflict and Negotiation
INTL 3450Security, Culture, Power
POLS 3405International Political Economy
POLS 3406International Law
POLS 3487Politics of Developing Nations

Interested? Next Steps

To declare a minor in the D'Amore-McKim School of Business, including as part of the BS in Business Administration and the BS in International Business, students should complete the online minor registration form:

Students will be required to log in using their MyNortheastern credentials. Once the form has been submitted, the student will receive a confirmation email to their husky email account and the student record will be updated within 10-14 business days.

To declare a minor, students must have a 2.0 GPA and be a full-time undergraduate student at Northeastern. To graduate with the minor, students must attain a 2.0 GPA in the courses taken for the minor. No classes for the minor may be taken for a pass/fail grade. The minor is posted on the official transcript within one month of graduation.

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