Department of Business Administration

International Business Studies

International Business Studies (IBS) is a collaborative major offered by the Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics in conjunction with the Foreign Languages and Literatures Department the College of Arts and Sciences. The IBS major is designed to prepare students to live and conduct business effectively in the world. With an equal emphasis on business and international studies, including advanced language training; students learn to apply principles to a region of the world in the native language. 

Three requirements for the IBS major include: (1) advanced language proficiency, (2) region-specific expertise, and (3) semester abroad. 

IBS majors complete 15 credit hours of language instruction beyond the intermediate level in one of six languages: Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, or Spanish. Students also complete a set of international courses corresponding to a region of the world where the target language is spoken. This region-specific coursework is drawn from Anthropology, Art History, Geography, History, International Relations, Philosophy, and/or Political Science. 

The IBS curriculum includes all of the core requirements of other Business Administration and Finance Department majors plus a comprehensive set of business courses that focus specifically on global business issues. 

Employers include multinational corporations such as Chase, DuPont, Bank of America, and W.L. Gore & Associates, as well as foreign-based companies. 

If you enjoy living and working in a different country, speaking a different language, and interacting with people, then International Business Studies is the major for you.

The Lerner College is home to a state-of-the-art financial trading facility, the $1.4 million student-led Blue Hen Investment Fund, a student-managed restaurant and hotel, a high-technology development center of a global bank and a start-up experience for students with new business ideas.

Lerner College faculty - like Anu Sivaraman, who is among Social Media Marketing Magazine’s “Top 100 Marketing Professors on Twitter” and’s “Top 50 Marketing Professors on Twitter” - are thought leaders who command attention from influential business audiences, economists and policy makers.

All Lerner College departments offer experience-driven learning and emphasize evidence-based analytics methods to enrich the student experience. Here, finance students visit New York City’s financial districts for a first-hand look at markets trading and to meet with UD alumni.

Charles W. Horn, AS75, and wife Patricia, recently made a $3 million commitment to enhance and expand entrepreneurial studies.

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