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Global Business Studies (co-major)

In this co-major, students develop a broad and diverse outlook essential to understanding the financial, social, cultural, ecological and technological changes of today's globally integrated companies. They explore business environments and cultures across the globe in both developed and emerging economies and become conscientious decision makers who are well-versed in international development, environmental sustainability, geo-politics, and global inequities.

Why Choose Global Business Studies?

Globalization

We live in an interconnected and inter-dependent world. Financial crises, political upheavals, and supply chain disruptions in one part of the world greatly affect all participants in the global economy. Staying abreast of international events and learning about global similarities and differences helps organizations remain competitive. Students with a co-major in Global Business Studies will acquire the functional and technical skills, complemented by a sensitive, flexible, and global mindset, which are vital to ethical and well balanced decision-making.

Complementary Subject Matter

Global business studies complements many majors in the O'Malley School of Business. Studying economics, finance, or marketing on a larger, more global scale will enhance a student's understanding of the material and provide a better idea of how different cultures work. This co-major also provides the opportunity to take courses across campus in communication, international studies, political science, and sociology to inform global decision-making.

Global Immersion & Travel Opportunities

The best global business programs in the country have a required course outside of the country. The O'Malley School of Business offers an international field seminar for business students. Past project-based trips have included Spain, Peru, Germany, Brazil, France and India. Learning abroad with Business faculty may give you the opportunity to:

  • Visit the international headquarters of global companies
  • Meet foreign business leaders
  • Practice a new language
  • Learn about different business customs and methods
  • Work on a project and present on your experience at home
  • Meet an Economics/ Global Business Studies Co-Major: Kyle Watson
    Global Business Studies Student

    “I applied to Manhattan College early decision. I really liked everything about it, but I was worried that since it’s a smaller school, it might not have the same reach as some of the bigger brand names. Over time I realized that assumption was the opposite of the truth. The faculty are great and I benefit from the one-on-one attention that I wouldn’t be able to get at a bigger school.

    "I started as a marketing major. A year in, I took a macroeconomics class and knew that was for me. So I started thinking about economics, and what would pair well with it. Global Business was an obvious choice; It gives you a broad view. There’s a class on multinational finance, international economics, international management. And then there’s the international field study seminar in marketing.

    "I looked at the cost of the field study seminar and didn’t think I could pull it off. So I started talking to the Director, and she hired me as a paid research assistant. She helped me out the whole way. Our trip was to Frankfurt, Germany, which is the banking and economic center of Europe, so it fit well with my primary major. One day, we visited Deutsche Bank, another day we went to a marketing company. We had a visit from the American Consulate. We got to see the BMW and Mercedes-Benz factory and museum. It was a really educational experience.

    "I had an internship with Weiss Multi-strategy Advisers, a hedge fund that’s run by Jordi Visser, who is a Manhattan alum. He was on campus to recruit students in April of my junior year. I felt like my Global Business major fit in well there. I spent a lot of time with the macro team, which is more focused on multinational finance, and learned a lot outside of the regular ‘here’s your work for the day,’ type of internship. The team members were super open about what they do. There were even a couple times where I’d sit down with Jordi one-on-one, and he’d explain his thought process. To be able to do that with the chief investment officer of a major hedge fund is an unbelieveable experience.

    "This past year, I participated in the College Fed Challenge. It was eight weeks of macro bootcamp that led up to the competition in October. Even when I didn’t think I could do it, Dr. Guirguis got me to stick with it. He was such a huge motivator. We probably worked on the presentation itself for about five of the eight weeks. The rest of the time we spent preparing this 80-page book of everything we thought the judges could possibly ask us. Our team made it to the finals, which is the best any Manhattan team has ever done.

    "While I was there, I got to talk to someone from the markets group at the Federal Reserve. I applied for a couple positions at the Fed in New York, although none of those came through. But Dr. Guirguis had my back and started sending resumes around, and eventually I got a call for a spot in Chicago, in the markets group. Before my interview, I called the guy who I met at the Fed Challenge, and he helped me out a lot, helped me get ready for it. A lot of luck and a little networking goes a long way.”

What Will You Learn?

Global business studies is a co-major offered to students already majoring in another O'Malley School of Business program. Related programs include economics, finance, marketing, and management. Students are also encouraged to study a foreign language, which is helpful in navigating in a foreign country and understanding its culture.

In class, you will learn about global:

  • business operations
  • governments
  • politics
  • economic environments
  • management styles and methodologies

The International Field Seminar helps students learn:

  • how managers of different firms work with employees
  • how managers work to satisfy different consumers
  • the challenge of being within one culture and marketing to another
See the Degree Requirements

Global business studies is also offered as a minor.

What Will You Do?

Adding global business to your studies gives you a competitive edge that is necessary in today’s global market. You will be well prepared for a career in business, foreign affairs, or education.