International Business

International Business

Considering a career involving business overseas or with a multinational firm in the United States? Want to work for an international agency abroad or at home? At Scranton, your future success on the global stage is our business.

About

International business is an interdisciplinary program, drawing on all areas of business, with a particular focus on international trade, multinational corporations, and foreign direct investment. We provide broadly-educated, flexible graduates with a sound core of the functional areas of business and a passion for understanding the world.

Why is International Business in demand?

  • Employers in both the public and private sectors are increasingly valuing candidates who have a global mindset and cross-cultural sensitivities.
  • Business today is global; more than a quarter of everything made or grown in the world crosses international borders.
  • A survey of CEO’s of Fortune 500 firms found that international business skills and knowledge were important for promotion and also for appointment to entry-level positions. (Source: “CEO Views on the Value of International Business Skills and Education,” 2010.)
  • Approximately 30% of the top 700 CEO’s in the USA have had international experience.

Is it for me?

  • Do you want to work for an international company or organization?
  • Are you curious about the world at large?
  • Do you want to use a second language or want to speak a second language?

Five Reasons to Choose Scranton for International Business

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Outstanding reputation.    The Kania School is accredited by AACSB-International that sets the gold standard for business school accreditation. Fewer than 5% of business schools worldwide hold this prestigious distinction. In addition, the School has been included in The Princeton Review’s “Best Business Schools.”
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Integrated curriculum.    Students explore global issues not just in the international business major, but also across the entire curriculum. In many other universities, international business coursework is compartmentalized. At Scranton, you will find courses across the curriculum that provide global and regional perspectives.
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Globally astute faculty.    Susan Trussler, Ph.D., who received her bachelor’s at the London School of Economics, is the former president of Women of the Academy of International Business. John Kallianiotis, Ph.D., who teaches International Finance, just published two books on currencies and exchange rates. You’ll find faculty from many parts of the world here.
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Tailored curriculum.    Students often study abroad, minor in a foreign language or add concentrations in Latin American Studies or Asian Studies to focus on a particular region of interest.
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Jesuit education.    Our emphasis on ethics will provide you with a moral compass to navigate an ambiguous business climate in a borderless economy and to thoughtfully consider the ethical implications of business challenges.
  • Preparing You For Personal & Professional Successplus or minus

    At The University of Scranton, you’ll benefit from professional development skills that are essential for careers in international business including:

    • Cross-cultural sensitivity
    • Strong communication and critical thinking skills
    • Ethical awareness
    • Oral, reading, and writing skills in a second language

    Internships:

    While internships are not mandatory, they are becoming increasingly important and can often become a springboard for an exciting international career. Kyle Smith ’14, for example, interned in Paris with La Grande which led to a job offer with them at their U.S. location.

    Here are some examples of organizations where our recent graduates have completed internships across a wide range of industries – and throughout the world:

    • AXA Financial
    • British Telecom
    • Johnson & Johnson
    • Lord and Taylor
    • Sanofi Pasteur
    • Bank of Kuwait
    • Colgate-Palmolive
    • International Rugby Board (Dublin)
    • Rommualdo del Bianco Foundation (Florence)
    • Thompson Reuters
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    Curriculum

    With an international business major, students gain an understanding of the complex forces shaping business today.


    We offer you an interdisciplinary approach drawing on all the functional areas of business. Courses include:

    • Environment of International Business
    • International Accounting
    • International Finance
    • International Economics
    • International Management
    • International Marketing

    Courses that focus on business in one area of the world include:

    • European Business
    • Business in China
    • East Asian Trade and Investment
    • Latin American Business

    There is an opportunity to specialize in a region of interest through our Asian Studies or Latin American Studies concentration. There is also a foreign language requirement and, for most students, a built-in minor. You can chose from:

    • Arabic
    • Chinese
    • French
    • German
    • Italian
    • Japanese
    • Portuguese
    • Spanish
    • Russian

    A study abroad experience is strongly encouraged. More than 85% of international business graduates study in a foreign country. IB majors have studied in 25 different countries on all six continents in the last decade. Many have chosen: Argentina, China, France, Italy, Japan, and Spain.

    Click here to see the curriculum.


    Research

    One of the many great reasons to choose The University of Scranton is the opportunity to engage in research, often funded by the President’s Fellowships for Summer Research. Mark Grambo ’12 and Jan Wessel ’14 are two international business majors who were awarded these fellowships. Mark studied ecotourism, ethics and “greenwashing” and presented his research at the International Academy of Business and Public Affairs Disciplines Conference in Orlando, Florida. Meanwhile, Jan studied sustainability in China’s automobile industry, the world’s largest auto market. You can read more about their research here.

    The goal is to get students to think internationally throughout their entire curriculum not just in international business courses.

    -Susan Trussler, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor and Program Director

  • Pursue Your Passion and Make a Differenceplus or minus

    Scranton has a remarkable number of students who go on to become Fulbright Scholars. Fulbright is the U.S. government’s most prestigious scholarship for spending a year studying or teaching overseas following graduation. In fact, The University of Scranton has been recognized as one of the nation’s top producers of Fulbright winners. International business majors have won Fulbrights to Argentina, Mauritius, UAE, Estonia and Hungary. Read more here.

    Did you know? In the last three years, three international business majors have won Fulbright scholarships.

    For example, Jan Wessel ’13 received a Fulbright scholarship to Budapest, Hungary where he is researching the role of multinational corporations and foreign investment in that country. He recently received a second fellowship to extend his stay an additional six months. Jan was president of the International Business Club and a member of both the University Honors Program and Business Leadership Honors Program.

    One of the fundamental tenets of a Jesuit education is service to others. We believe that business has an obligation not only to shareholders, employees, and customers, but also to the community at large.

    While there is no service-learning requirement in this major, we encourage students to volunteer in meaningful ways. Our International Business Club is very active in service work. 

    Stephanie Boccuzzi ’14 was president of the International Business Club. She double majored in international business and Spanish with a concentration in Latin American studies and studied abroad in Argentina. She was in the Business Leadership Honors Program. In addition to being a leader on the tennis team and serving as a secretary for Alpha Sigma Nu, the honor society for Jesuit colleges and universities, Stephanie participated in community service through our Leahy Clinic for the Uninsured where she translated for Hispanic immigrants and, this year, she’s volunteering at the Working Boys Center in Quito, Ecuador.

    Students join the Peace Corps working in Guatemala, Paraguay, Cameroon, and Bulgaria or give back through the Jesuit Volunteer Corps.

Careers

Where will International Business take me?

With a degree in international business from The University of Scranton – and a passport – your career can take you literally anywhere in the world. Some graduates opt to stay closer to home working with export/import firms or in non-profit organizations, just to name a couple of examples. 

Top Graduate Schools

After graduation, you may want to pursue an advanced degree. Here are some of the leading institutions in the States and around the world that have accepted our graduates:

  • University of Leuven (Leuven, Belgium)
  • University College Cork – National University of Ireland
  • Foro Europeo (Navarra, Spain)
  • University of Westminster (London, England)
  • Georgetown Law
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • New York University
  • American University
  • Fordham University
  • George Washington University
  • Temple University
  • Boston College
  • Seton Hall University
  • Syracuse University College of Law

Employment

Job prospects and starting salaries for international business graduates of Scranton are excellent. Companies that have hired our recent graduates span a variety of industries and include:

  • American International Chemicals
  • Arm & Hammer
  • AXA Financial
  • BBC America
  • Cartier
  • China Shipping
  • Federal Reserve Bank (New York)
  • Hewlett Packard
  • Hiscox (Lloyds of London)
  • Jefferson Smurfit (Dublin)
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Kraft Foods
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Merck
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Nickelodeon
  • Thomson Reuters
  • US Navy International Programs

Even if you are going to be working locally in your career, you need to be well-versed in international business. For example, a foreign company could own your firm or your competitors could be overseas. No matter what industry you work in, you have to be able to understand the complexity of interactions between firms from different countries and the countries themselves.

-Susan Trussler, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Program Director

How Scranton Gives You a Competitive Edge

Competitive Edge

One of the many things students tell us they love about Scranton is how our dedicated faculty and staff are very active in helping them achieve their career goals. As you walk across campus, you’ll often see students chatting with professors over coffee to bounce ideas.

Whether it’s advising or providing letters of references, faculty and staff make it their priority to get to know each student on an individual level. That deep level of understanding means that our experienced faculty members are not only top teachers and strong researchers, but also advocates for you professionally. 

Take the Next Step

For More Information

Office of Admissions
The Estate
Scranton, PA 18510
Tel: 1-888-SCRANTON or (570) 941-7540
Fax: 570-941-7572
admissions@scranton.edu

International Business
Susan Trussler, Ph.D.
Director, Center for International Business
(570) 941-6122
susan.trussler@scranton.edu