Global Business Studies (co-major)

Global business studies helps us understand how businesses operate around the world. It also examines the government, politics and economies of different cultures.

Why Choose Global Business Studies?


Our world is getting smaller as travel simplifies and the Internet expands. Understanding our global similarities and differences helps us better provide goods and services to foreign consumers. All business, even domestic business, is affected by the global market.

Complementary Subject Matter

Global business studies complements every major in the School of Business. Many of the courses that are required for business majors overlap with global business requirements. Studying economics, finance or marketing on a larger, more global scale will enhance your understanding of the material and provide you with a better idea of how different cultures work.

Travel Opportunities

The best global business programs in the country have a required course outside of the country. Manhattan offers study abroad programs and an international field seminar for business students. Past trips have gone to places like Spain, Australia, France and England. Learning abroad with the School of Business 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
  • Present on your experience at home
  • Meet a Global Business Studies 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 main thing really was the faculty. I know five or so faculty members on a very personal basis and will definitely keep in touch with them after school. The small classes are very important to me. I’m a good student, but I have trouble focusing sometimes, and so I need that 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 because there’s this big trend of globalization. There’s also a lot of overlap between classes that count toward both majors, which has allowed me to triple major in economics, finance and global business studies. I like that global business 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 Dr. Predmore, and she hired me as a paid research assistant. She helped me out the whole way. Our trip was to Frankfurt, Germany, which is kind of the banking and economic center of Europe, so it fit well with all of my majors. 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 April of my junior year. I felt like my Global Business major fit in pretty well there. I spent a lot of time with the macro team, which is more focused on multinational finance, and learned a lot from those guys outside of the regular ‘here’s your work for the day,’ type of internship. They’re 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 School of Business program. Related programs include economics, finance, marketing, management and government. You can also choose to study a foreign language, which is helpful in being able to navigate your way around in a foreign country and to understand the 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 effect 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.