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International Business: Finance

If you’re like most people, when you think finance, you think Wall Street. New York’s financial district is a major hub of the world’s banks and financial institutions. Economies today are globally interdependent. If you want to study finance, you must understand how a transaction in China affects a client in the United States. You need to know more than just finance. It is essential to understand how the world does business.

Bryant’s International Business program is ranked No. 3 by College Factual/USA Today. The curriculum is globally focused from your first semester on campus. Our program is one of the few in the country to offer concentrations in business functions including accounting, computer information systems, entrepreneurship, finance, global supply chain management, management, and marketing. Expert faculty 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 that you will choose. 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.


Elizabeth Yobaccio, DBA
Chair and Professor
Department of Finance

How can a 20-year-old best understand the challenging and quantitatively-focused discipline of finance? By perceiving the material they study to have relevance in their professional and personal lives, explains Yobaccio.

“Students learn best when they’re actively involved in the process,” she says. “I integrate applications that have meaning to them at this stage of their lives, which is relatively easy since most decisions have a financial dimension.”

Yobaccio was instrumental in helping to design, develop, coordinate, and deliver the International Business program. She was honored with the 2012 Distinguished Faculty Award.


Jed Haddad ’11
Principal Financial Analyst, Raytheon Company

Haddad began his career at Raytheon after interning at the company for three years. Before the end of the first semester of his senior year, he was offered a spot in Raytheon’s prestigious Financial Leadership Development program. He credits the rigor of Bryant’s International Business program with helping him to differentiate himself from the competition.

“This program offers you classroom learning with valuable experience that is a sure recipe for success in the real world,” says Haddad, an Honors Program member. “Without the training and education provided by the International Business curriculum, I would not be working at Raytheon.”