Q: What are the criteria for admissions to the Major and the Fellows Program?
A: Like all majors, students are admitted to the Global Business Major during their sophomore year. While there are no set criteria, it is helpful if students can demonstrate an interest in the study of business as it relates to international affairs. It is also helpful to have some background and knowledge in math, statistics, and/or economics. While this is not a requirement for admission, it will be helpful.
Q: When and how do I apply to the Global Business Major?
A: Sophomores will be invited to applying in the Fall semester. Accepted Global Business students will be required to complete their official major declaration paperwork prior to registration for Spring so that we can assist them in obtaining the coursework they will need. Students who are interested in Global Business but who have not taken Calculus or Statistics should begin to work with their assigned dean to determine their plan for completing these requirements.
Q: Does being in the Major or Fellows Program guarantee me a spot in courses in both schools?
A: A student who has officially declared either a Global Business Major or Fellows Program will have access to courses in both the SFS and MSB. However, we can never guarantee any student a spot in the specific course or section that they want and we encourage students to work proactively with their assigned dean in order to make sure that they are able to meet all the requirements of the Major and/or the Fellows program.
Q: Why should I pursue the Global Business Major in the SFS when I could transfer to the MSB?
A: The Global Business Major is not a business degree. The aim is to teach students to think critically about the role of the firm in terms of its effect on international affairs – not only in the economic realm but also introducing philosophically grounded questions of international development and social responsibility. The Global Business Major educates students with a combination of MSB and SFS courses to prepare them to ask critical questions and allow them to examine these issues from multiple perspectives.
Q: Am I really going to get a strong business education from the classes I take in the MSB and still have elective space for classes in the SFS?
A: Like any SFS major, choosing to be a Global Business Major or to participate in the Fellows Program will require you to make choices in how you wish to utilize your elective space. In general, most SFS students have at least 12-13 courses for elective space (some of those being language study) and many times even more (depending on an individual student’s advanced credit). Each student’s record should be evaluated individually with their dean. The Global Business Major and Fellows Program is meant to offer SFS students more options.
Q: Are the Global Business Major and the Fellows Program mutually exclusive?
A: No. Students may apply – and can be accepted – to both the Global Business Major and the Fellows Program. However, acceptance to both programs is not guaranteed. While the application process is streamlined, students are evaluated separately and by different committees for the Major and Fellows Program respectively. Therefore, acceptance into one does not preclude acceptance (or rejection) to the other. We encourage students from all majors to apply to the Fellows program.
Q: What sort of jobs is this major supposed to prepare its students for?
A: Many SFS students already take jobs in the business world when they graduate. The Global Business Major distinguishes itself from other majors, not in its outcomes (we expect that GBUS majors might work at corporations, not-for-profits, the government or move into academia, etc.) but rather by providing students with a basic fluency in the language of business and how it relates to politics, economics, and culture. The major also includes an analytical capacity in its math, economics, statistics, and accounting requirements that are unique to the major. The curriculum Father Edmund A. Walsh designed in 1919 was to combine the practical dimensions of diplomacy, commerce, and language, with a liberal education and moral values. As with the other BSFS majors, the GBUS major roots itself firmly in this tradition.
Q: How does study abroad fit with this major?
A: Students are able to study abroad as GBUS majors. Depending on when a student starts the GBUS major, how many advanced credits they have, their language ability, and where they want to study abroad, it may be very compatible with the major. Like any BSFS major, each student should work in close consultation with their advising dean to map out a study abroad program that fits with his/her individual program.
Q: Who determines if my study abroad credits will transfer to the Global Business Major?
A: The Global Business Major is housed within the SFS and is run by BSFS faculty and deans. Any questions regarding accommodations for course registration, approval for study abroad, and transfer credits should be addressed to the BSFS dean that a student is assigned to work with.
Q: Once I complete the application process and am accepted am I now a Global Business Major?
A: No. Students accepted to the Global Business major may determine that this is not the major they wish to choose in the long-term. All students must still complete a major declaration form. Once a student is accepted to the Global Business Major they should talk to their assigned dean to determine if they wish to complete the process and declare their major.