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New Intíl Business Programs Give Students Global Appeal
7/25/2014

Students who have an interest in combining business and international studies can now earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree in international business. These two degree programs are part of a long-standing relationship between the Cameron School of Business and the Center for International Studies.

The creation of the Bachelor in International Business and Master in International Business degree programs is part of the University of St. Thomas's desire to create interdisciplinary programs that integrate geographic, historical, political and social competencies with the business curriculum.

International Business Career Paths

Dr. Beena George, dean of CSB, said the programs will provide students with the skills and knowledge sets to be effective problem-solvers and decision-makers in a global context.

"These two programs help prepare students to effectively manage various aspects of international business, while recognizing and responding appropriately to differences in business practices and social conventions in different regions of the world,” George said.

Dr. Hans Stockton, associate dean of Arts & Sciences and the director of CIS, said the new programs will give students the cross-training they need to succeed in a global market.

"Every 'Top Ten' list of skills wanted by employers includes technical abilities in the sector, but that is only one of 10 items,” Stockton said. “Many of the remaining items relate to the ability of job candidates to communicate effectively, possess research and writing skills and demonstrate some ability at cross-cultural communication.  In an increasingly globalizing market, one must possess knowledge of the politics and economics of the regions in which one is working and the culture of the client or customer.”

Internships

According to George, an ideal prospective student would have an interest in serving the needs of consumers in different parts of the world, and would acknowledge the impact of the similarities and differences in business settings across the globe on the success of their business ventures. She said CSB will work closely with Career Services to provide students with internship opportunities with multinational companies that are looking for professionals who have a solid understanding of international business.

Bachelor in International Business

Students in the BIB program will study coursework in business disciplines along with business-government relations, foreign policy and international politics. The program requires completion of 69 credit hours in the major program, with 14 of those courses taken through the CSB and nine through CIS.  In addition, students must complete two semesters of foreign language and a short-term study abroad.

To facilitate the transition to graduate business degree programs, the BIB program includes foundational courses in business to prepare students for the demand and rigor of graduate business curricula.

Master in International Business

The MIB program aims to help students develop skills for business and related practices, a deeper understanding of political economies in domestic bi-lateral, regional and global contexts and emphasizes effective oral and written communication and engagement in cross-cultural communication.

Students must complete 30 credit hours; eight classes are taken through the CSB and two classes are through the CIS. Students end the program with a capstone class that serves as an international study program.

George said the MIB program coursework is similar to that of the MBA program in that it focuses on business disciplines such as marketing, finance and operations management.

“The difference is that the eight business courses in the program are more focused on global concerns,” George said. “The program also includes courses on international politics and regional issues.”

Stockton said the MIB program gives students the knowledge they need to thrive in today's market.

"The MIB builds technical skills as well as the soft skills necessary for success,” Stockton said. "Whether one seeks employment in the private sector, non-governmental, or public sector, the MIB provides training in knowledge and skill sets that are essential in the 21st Century.”


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