International Business: Entrepreneurship

Overview

A major

You know that someday, you will be your own boss. Studying entrepreneurship is your logical choice. You also know that your future business will have the capacity to be a global enterprise. The demand for international business graduates is greater than ever and expected to increase. No matter what line of work you enter, it’s going to be affected by decisions, trends, and events overseas.

At Bryant, you don’t have to choose between Entrepreneurship and International Business. You can major in International Business, which is globally focused from your first semester on campus and concentrate in Entrepreneurship.

Bryant’s International Business program is ranked 16th in the nation by Bloomberg BusinessWeek. Our program is also one of the few in the country that offers concentrations in business functions including accounting, computer information systems, entrepreneurship, finance, global supply chain management, management, and marketing. Expert faculty will collaborate to help you develop a global perspective and a fundamental cultural knowledge of the world. You’ll understand the relevance of complex international issues faced by managers of multinational companies and the role of technology in business, especially as it relates to globalization.

Real projects, real companies, real experience

Before you graduate, you’ll have a strong theoretical foundation in international business. You will also have the unique experience of applying theories to a real-world situation through a senior year practicum. This intense project might pair you and a team of students with a local business owner who wants to sell products in the United Arab Emirates, and a faculty member whose former career was overseeing the growth of a Chilean multinational forest products firm.

In the end, you’ll see your hard work make a difference, and the experience is one that prospective employers will want to hear about.

Bryant’s International Business program will provide you with an in-depth understanding of one functional area of concentration of your choosing. You’ll also become proficient in a second language and study abroad, where you can practice your language skills, deepen your global perspective, and immerse yourself in a different culture. When you graduate, you’ll be ready to hit the ground running – in whatever country you decide to call home.

Future careers, post-grad opportunities

A Bachelor of Science in International Business opens doors to a wide variety of professional careers, including: international securities analysis, economic development banking, monetary policy and research, trade insurance, overseas communication, international trade and development, export/import banking, international finance, technology transfer, and more. Our graduates are also accepted into prestigious graduate programs and law schools worldwide.

International Business faculty

Bryant’s International Business faculty members hail from diverse cultures and have attained the highest credentials in their fields of study from top universities in the United States. Many have rich work experience with well-known multinational companies. They include a former investment manager for the state economic and trade committee in China, a professor whose research won Best International Paper from the Organizational Behavior division of the Academy of Management, and a management professor who has taught in MBA and executive MBA programs in 14 countries. The faculty brings this global mindset into the classroom, adding a vital dimension to student learning and success.

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Requirements

For an IB major, with a concentration in Entrepreneurship

International Academic Experience

Within the 122 credits comprising the program distribution, the equivalent of at least 12 semester hours of credit must be taken as international study abroad except for students on an F1 Visa.

 

First-Year Gateway Experience

Global Foundations of Character and Leadership (GFCL100)

Global Foundations of Organizations and Business (GFOB100G)

Writing Workshop (WRIT106)

Bryant IDEA: Innovation and Design Experience for All (IDEA101)

 

Upper-Level Gateway Requirement

 

International Business: Entrepreneurship Concentration

Entrepreneurial Marketing (ENT380)

Entrepreneurial Finance (ENT381)

Creating a New Venture (ENT481)

Managing a New Venture (ENT482)

Entrepreneurship Electives (Select two from the following):

  • Personal Financial Planning (ACG370)
  • *E-Business Models (CIS332)
  • Microfinance (FIN340)
  • **Directed Study in Entrepreneurship (ENT497)
  • Business-to-Business Marketing (MKT410)
  • Community Engagement and Service Learning (SOC250SL)

*CIS 332 can also serve as an IB elective

**A total of 3 credits only

Business Core Requirements

Introduction to Global Information Technology and Analytics (CIS201G)

Financial Accounting (ACG203)

Global Dimensions of Financial Management (FIN201G) 

The Carolyn Rafaelian International Business Practicum (IB490)

Global Dimensions of Operations Management (MGT201G)

Global Dimensions of Marketing (MKT201G)

International Business Integrative Experience

International Accounting (ACG320) 

Multinational Finance (FIN368)

International Business Management (MGT356)

International Marketing (MKT368)

*Two (2) International Business Electives - Select two approved courses

*3 credits net for ENT concentration if CIS 332 is selected as both an IB and concentration elective

Liberal Arts Core Requirements

Microeconomic Principles (ECO113) 

Macroeconomic Principles (ECO114) 

Introduction to Literary Studies (LCS121)

International Business Law (LGLS451)

Mathematical Analysis (MATH110)

Statistics I (MATH201)

One (1) Humanities Historical Survey Course (International focus)

Liberal Arts Distribution Requirements - Modes of Thought*

[Must include four (4) courses with an international focus]

Two (2) Social Science Modes of Thought

One (1) Historical Mode of Thought (Upper Division)

One (1) Literary Mode of Thought (Upper Division)

Two (2) Scientific Modes of Thought (Include one Lab Science) (One science course must be taken at the 300 or 400 level)

One (1) Cultural Mode of Thought

*19 net credits - 3 credits from the required Language Minor may be applied to this distribution

One (1) Liberal Arts Elective

Language Minor Requirement – International Business majors must complete a language minor. Required course: Chinese for Business (ML-CH404) or Chinese for Business II (ML-CH405), French for Business (ML-FR404), Italian for Business (ML-IT404), or Spanish for Business (ML-SP404) - depending on language minor.

One (1) Open Elective

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To learn more, please contact:
Madan Annavarjula, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of the College of Business
Professor and Coordinator of the International Business program
mannavar@bryant.edu

THRIVING IN THE GLOBAL ARENA

Larry Paul Sloven ’71
CEO, Strategic Wellness Group LLC

When Sloven entered Bryant, the school didn’t offer a degree in international business, or courses of study that required students to learn a foreign language, spend a semester abroad, or assist local companies planning to do business overseas.

Sloven, now a CEO, notes, “Bryant gave me the foundation of education in finance, economics, accounting, law, marketing, and management that enabled me to tackle any opportunity that came my way.”

And that enabled Sloven, who lived in Hong Kong for 22 years, to spend 35 of the past 40 years successfully pursuing business opportunities in Asia and South America.

Successful enterprising

José Buenaga '82
CEO, EIG Group Insurance

José C. Buenaga ’82 of San Juan, Puerto Rico, believes in having a strategy, "I always knew he wanted to be an entrepreneur," he explained. ”But I also knew after high school that I needed more discipline and education in order to be successful. [At Bryant,] I learned the basic skills of business and discovered that you can do a lot more in a smaller environment,” he said. “All the faculty knew me by name.” Buenaga founded his first startup, East Money, in 1995 and sold it to Citibank for an undisclosed sum in 2004. He founded BioHealth Technologies shortly after; its flagship product, PrevinC, is a homeopathic nasal solution. Today, he is CEO of EIG Group Insurance. He makes time for his true passion: helping people in need. “If you’re successful but you haven’t done anything to help people, you’ve missed out on one of the most rewarding parts of life,” says Buenaga who co-founded Children Who Want to Smile Committee, which has raised more than $7.5 million for kids with cancer, and is a member of the American Cancer Society Board of Directors.