The International Business Certificate is intended to benefit those students seeking to broaden their understanding of international business and foster the development of their global mindset. The certificate program is open to all College of Business and Economics majors including those enrolled in IBE and CSB programs. Students who successfully complete requirements for graduation and who complete the IB Certificate requirements will be honored with a certificate at the CBE Honors Celebration.

The International Business Certificate is a 12 credit program that encompasses a mix of courses relating to international business and management, courses designed to broaden a student’s functional knowledge and or cultural competencies, and a modern language and/or study abroad experience.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the IB Certificate program, students will achieve the following learning objectives:

  • Acquire a core body of knowledge relating to the influence of economic, political, and sociocultural factors on the international business arena
  • Achieve the ability to communicate and engage in diverse cultural settings through an immersive global experience and/or the study of a modern foreign language
  • Gain a global mindset that will allow the student to not only recognize and analyze important differences that occur when doing business internationally, but also have the ability to implement the proper tactics and strategies for dealing with these differences

Scholarships

Having an international experience affords many students the opportunity to enhance their awareness of global business issues. Lehigh University and the CBE offer an array of immersive international programs beyond the traditional semester long study abroad programs. Financial aid will be available for qualified students to help defray the cost of participating in a global immersive program.

Program Overview

Students are required to complete a minimum of 12 credits. Students are required to take at least one of the following two courses:

  • MGT 396 International Business - This course introduces students to important issues that firms face when doing business internationally.  Particular attention is paid to salient differences across countries, the global trade and investment environment, and the strategy and structure of multinational enterprises. Topics covered include globalization, political and cultural differences across countries, foreign direct investment, foreign entry strategy, competing pressures for global integration and local responsiveness, global alliances, and cross-border mergers and acquisitions.
  • MGT 342 Managing in the International Organization - This course introduces students to the challenges of managing and leading organizations whose operations and activities span national boundaries. Particular attention will be given to the critical human resource issues confronting managers in the global marketplace. Topics discussed include: contemporary and emerging international organizational structures; fostering a global mindset; managing across cultures; developing global leaders; reward systems; performance management; and managing global careers.

To successfully complete the program, students must take at least one other approved CBE course and then any combination of qualifying CBE or non-CBE courses to reach the 12 credit hour requirement. To count toward the IB Certificate, the content of courses must be highly salient to international business and the student must obtain a grade of C- or higher. The following list of courses should serve as exemplars of international business related courses; additional courses, including courses taken abroad, may be considered with the advanced consent of the Program Directors*.

  • ECO  209 Comparative Economic Systems
  • ECO  339 International Trade
  • ECO  340 International Finance
  • ENTP 307 International Social Entrepreneurship
  • FIN 333   Global Finance
  • MKT 320 Global Marketing
  • GS 320 Global Capitalism
  • GS 126 The Political Economy of Globalization

Modern Language or Qualifying Global Experience

This component enables students to develop competence in a foreign language and/or immerse themselves in a study abroad experience.  While both study abroad as well as familiarity with a foreign language is encouraged, at least one of these options must be chosen in order to complete the requirements of the International Business Certificate.

For the Modern Language option, students must successfully complete two approved foreign modern language courses, earning a grade of C- or higher. Students may, with the approval of the Program Directors substitute an AP course to partially satisfy this requirement. One advanced course in a modern language (i.e., a course at the 100-level or above) may be used toward partial fulfillment of the 12-credit requirement.

For the Study Abroad option there are a number of international experiences open to students at Lehigh University that meet the requirements for the International Business Certificate. Short-term study abroad programs and experiences (i.e., those of a duration of less than one semester) must demonstrate high salience to international business to qualify as an applicable global experience.  Listed below is a sampling of programs currently offered, for an up-to-date list, consult the Study Abroad Office. Global programs offered for credit can be used in partial fulfillment (maximum of three credits) of the 12-credit requirement.

Program Directors

Douglas Mahony
Associate Professor of Management
610.758.4935

Charlie Stevens
Assistant Professor of Management
610.758.5526