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International Business Major FAQ

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For more information please contact:

Dr. Baban Hasnat
The College at Brockports
State University of New York
350 New Campus Drive
Brockport, NY 14420

Call us (585) 395-2623
or the Offic of Undergraduate Admissions (585) 395-2751
Fax: (585) 395-2542

Why should you study International Business?

  • International business comprises a large and growing part of the worlds total business. It is hard to find a company large or small--that is not affected by global events and competition. A major in International Business is designed to provide a wide range of knowledge and skills needed for global leaders in business, government and international organizations.
  • One out of every six jobs in New York state depends on overseas trade, and more than 40 percent of goods exported from New York state are produced in the Greater Rochester area alone.
  • The increasing importance of world trade and finance activity should enable graduates of International Business to expect "better-than-average" career prospects.

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Why should you study International Business at Brockport?

The College at Brockport is accredited by the Middle States Association and chartered by the State University of New York (SUNY) system. The Department is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the most prestigious accreditation body for business schools in the world.

  • It is the only major of its type in the SUNY system.
  • You will be part of the most selective and demanding major.
  • The Business Advisory Board, which comprises top business leaders from the Rochester area, meets with the faculty to review and suggest how domestic and international business and social developments should shape the curriculum.
  • More than 80 percent of the department's full-time faculty hold a doctoral degree.
  • Our major is recognized for its strong academic program, dedicated faculty, and talented students.
  • The interdisciplinary nature of the program allows for a great flexibility in the choice of courses and options.
  • You will be a part of a student body that comes from a wide range of cultures, backgrounds, and countries (five continents).
  • The College has one of the largest study abroad programs in the country, with 120 programs in 37 countries, on all seven continents. Click here for more information about Brockport’s Study Abroad Program.
  • You will further your proficiency in a foreign language of your choice and develop the cross-cultural awareness needed to function effectively in various cultural contexts.
  • You will acquire skills in a wide range of business areas (accounting, management, marketing, and finance) and understand the theory and practice of the economics of world trade.
  • Core classes typically range from 15 to 25 students, which means you will receive personal attention.
  • Brockport provides a wide range of services to students, including career counseling and instruction in resume writing, interview preparation, and networking.

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What are the tough questions you should ask any school you are considering?

We are glad you are interested in the International Business major at Brockport, but look at the other programs in SUNY or elsewhere.

Ask them these five questions and then come back to Brockport and ask us these same questions.

  1. Does your International Business major have the International Business HEGIS CODE (i.e. a HEGIS CODE that is different from the Business Administration major HEGIS CODE)?

    If the answer is NO, the program is just a CONCENTRATlON, NOT A MAJOR (no matter what the catalog says).

  2. Does your International Business major have a language requirement beyond the introductory level?

    If the answer is NO, the program may produce International Business majors who may have difficulty taking a taxicab from the airport to a meeting.

  3. Does your International Business major require an INTEGRATED CROSS-CULTURAL group of courses?

    If the answer is NO, you will limit your perspective on how businesses operate in a global environment.

  4. Will your International Business major be guaranteed the opportunity to do an internship overseas? If not, is there opportunity for them to intern in a business located in the country that is the source of 41% ($13 Billion) of New York State's exports?

    If the answer is NO, you will miss a valuable opportunity to put your learning into action.

  5. Does your International Business major offer a balance between Business courses (with an emphasis on the practical aspects of international business) and Economics courses (with an emphasis on economic theory and planning)?

    If the answer is NO, you will miss the opportunity to integrate and synthesize the practical aspects of business established with economic theory and planning.

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What are the career and placement opportunities for Brockport’s International Business graduates?

International business and economics graduates are prepared for a variety of managerial jobs including positions with:

  • Transnational public and private organizations, such as multinational corporations, banks, shipping firms, air transportation.
  • Departments and agencies of the United States government responsible for international commerce.
  • Multinational organizations, such as the United Nations.

Our graduates take one of two paths after graduation:

  • Graduates who have chosen to continue their education have gone on to study Business Administration, Economics, Finance, International Business and Law at graduate schools such as Thunderbird, University of Rochester, University of Buffalo, and RIT.
  • Graduates who began working upon receipt of their B.A. are working at SONY, Kodak, Xerox and GM, among others, at starting salaries as high as $35,000.

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Last Updated 1/31/14