International Business: Finance


A major

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 16th in the nation by Bloomberg Businessweek. 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.

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For an IB major, with a concentration in Finance

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: Finance Concentration

Investments (FIN312)

Financial Modeling (FIN380) or Forecasting for Decision Making (FIN311)

Financial Institutions for Marketing (FIN315)

Three (3) Finance Electives; one must be at the 400-level*

*Can include FIN368 from I.B. Integrative Experience


Business Core Requirements

Financial Accounting (ACG203) 

Introduction to Global Information Technology and Analytics (CIS201G)

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)

*9 credits net for the Finance concentration

3 credits from the concentration can be satisfied by FIN368

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

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 Courses (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


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.”