International Studies Emphasis

The world is flat. Today's global economy demands flexible leaders with transferable business expertise unimpeded by culture or language barriers. The International Studies Emphasis provides an appreciation of global management and sensitivity to cross-cultural issues with a focus on conducting business in countries outside of the United States.

Combined with one of our exchange programs and various international internship opportunities, the International Studies Emphasis offers a series of elective courses that help students become global managers. Students examine trade policies, operations, strategy, international markets and foreign exchange. This curriculum and supplemental international experiences build a sound foundation for Vanderbilt graduates who want to advance within their fields internationally.

*Degree requirements and course information are subject to change; not all courses are offered every year.  Click here to view the most recent Course Catalog containing academic policies, degree requirements and individual course descriptions for each of our degree programs. Current students should consult YES (Your Enrollment Services), Vanderbilt's online student services application for current course descriptions and course offerings.  

Eight hours of course work from the following

Course Title
Credits
Corporate Strategies for ESG Issues
2
Managing the Global Enterprise
2
International Financial Markets and Instruments
2
Operations Strategy
2
Corporate Strategy
2
International Business Seminar
2
Global Business Association Immersion Trip
1
Project Pyramid
2
Project Pyramid Trip
1
International Exchange Programs and Maymester courses
Variable
Students are also encouraged to have competence in a foreign language and experience with a knowledge of cultures, Politics, History and Law outside of the U.S. To facilitate development of this competence, students may take an upper-level course (numbered 200 or higher) in History, Law or Political Science as an elective.  If their program permits, students may be authorized to take language courses for credit as electives for the MBA degree, with the following stipulations: Course credit may not be earned for a language course in the native language of the student, nor may a student earn course credit for an English language course. Elective language courses must be at the intermediate level or above and approved by the Office of Academic Programs.