The demand for international business graduates is greater than ever and expected to increase. All disciplines in any local, national, or global organization are affected by decisions, trends, and events overseas.
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 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.
One important differentiating resource on campus is the John H. Chafee Center for International Business, which prepares students to face the challenges of global competition through an array of learning and hands-on international and domestic opportunities.
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 as a member of 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 a critical functional area of concentration. You’ll also become proficient in a second language by studying and working abroad, so 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 research 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.
A GLOBAL LEADER
Kristian P. Moor ’81
Currently: CEO, Chartis Inc.
Moor graduated from Bryant 23 years before the University began offering a bachelor’s degree in International Business. Working abroad built upon much of what Moor learned at Bryant, and later at Pace University, where he earned an MBA. In 2010, Moor, president and CEO of Chartis, was asked to address the American Chamber of Commerce’s Global Leader Series in Singapore. “Fundamentally, business around the world is the same,” says Moor, now a member of Bryant’s Board of Trustees.
WORK VIRTUALLY ANYWHERE
Makena Sage ’12
Studied: International Business, Marketing, Spanish
Currently: Social media marketing, ProAuPair
While studying abroad at the University of Belgrano in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sage learned about an internship with RelevanSi. She interviewed via Skype and was offered a three-month position at the communications startup specializing in web design, programming, and brand development for green businesses. “Working for such a digital/virtual-savvy startup opened my eyes to just how mobile work is. I Skyped regularly with a fellow intern in Utah, and most of the company’s clients were in other countries,” says Sage. A freelance copywriter/copy editor throughout college, Sage is now working with ProAuPair, working on the company’s social media marketing.
Madan Annavarjula, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of the College of Business
Professor and Coordinator of the International Business program
In 2010, Annavarjula received Bryant’s Excellence in Teaching Award. In 2011, he was recognized with the Faculty Achievement Award for Outstanding Service as coordinator of the International Business Program and professor of international business and strategy. Under his leadership, the International Business program has risen to 16th in the country, as ranked by Bloomberg Businessweek. “At Bryant, International Business students have the added advantage of faculty who are internationally educated and have extensive experience traveling and conducting business around the world,” says Annavarjula. “We bring knowledge into the classroom that adds a dimension to students’ learning. "Our International Business students are motivated, capable, and bring a 'global mindset' to the table."