Globalization brings extraordinary changes in international economic relations. Concepts of time, distance, and markets are constantly changing and evolving due to innovation in communications, transportation, and information technology. As a result, companies need new kinds of managers - individuals who not only have strong business skills, but who are comfortable managing and communicating across cultures. These individuals understand the potential and risks of new markets and have the ability to think globally while acting locally.
International business issues are infused throughout the VSB curriculum. All undergraduate students are required to take several international business (IB) courses including Global Political Economy and Business Dynamics. They also have the opportunity to take international electives in accounting, economics, finance, management, business law and marketing. Students interested in studying IB in greater depth may pursue the IB co-major or minor and participate in the Global Leadership Fellows Program.
The Global Leadership Fellows Program (GLF) is designed to provide students with an opportunity to emphasize and integrate global leadership throughout their undergraduate experience. GLF includes special curricular and extracurricular offerings that encourage increased international study and support the pursuit of careers in global business. Students who fulfill the GLF Program requirements are awarded a certificate that names them life-long VSB Global Leadership Fellows. GLF students will be paired with a mentor from the Center for Global Leadership Advisory Council.