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Overview: Students of International Business learn about the impact and implementation of international business practices in the modern marketplace. The economy today is increasingly global in nature. Men and women who want to succeed in business must learn to function on this level. Students of this program learn about exporting, importing, foreign direct investment, foreign licensing and international services. International transactions involve the transfer of raw materials, capital, people and technology, as well as both semi-finished and finished products, across borders. Nations transfer such services as accounting services, legal counsel and banking activities; skills sent from one country to another include managerial and technical skills.
Curriculum: The program examines differences in language, communication, social interaction, work attitudes, relationships, economics, politics, lifestyle and social structures. Knowledge of other cultures facilitates successful transactions, not only with other countries, but also with partners in the multicultural United States.
Faculty: The faculty in the John Cook School of Business are respected in their professional fields as well as academics. They bring their real-world knowledge to the class setting, making their students more prepared for life after graduation.
Careers: The International Business program is interdisciplinary. It prepares students for careers with multinational corporations, financial institutions with foreign operations or government agencies involved in international trade and finance. Graduates find career opportunities with international banks, multinational corporations or with other international organizations. Options include working for a foreign company abroad, working for an American company abroad, or working for an American company trading with another country.
In effect, any business functioning in the modern marketplace has a need for workers who possess an international perspective. Some students choose to attend graduate school in a diverse array of fields.
Students are encouraged to participate in the International Business Club to further their interests, exposure and knowledge of the field. Also, students are encouraged to participate in events of the World Trade Club of St. Louis, which sponsors seminars and lectures featuring local, regional and nationally renowned speakers. Students also may join one or more of the other 10 separate student organizations supported by the School of Business. Each group is assisted by a faculty advisor and collaborates with the Business School Governing Assembly.
Student groups annually sponsor awards for undergraduate students. The School of Business Alumni Association recognizes one outstanding undergraduate student with an annual scholarship; an annual student award in international business is also available from the World Trade Club. Several scholarships are available for international business students.