Is International Business a dumb major?

<p>Is going to a school because they have the number 1 ranked International Business program stupid?
For example, if I went to the University of South Carolina (ranked 1 for like the past 20 years) and double majored in finance and International business, what would my job prospects be like?</p>

<p>Bumpin this ishh</p>

<p>I'd like to know as well!!!</p>

<p>I have no idea why the original "USC" would be ranked #1 in international business, but I can assure you that doesn't mean anything. The University of South Carolina is not a good business school at all.</p>

<p>International Business is the most liberal arts-y of business majors. If you go to a really well-respected undergrad business school like NYU, UT Austin, USC, WashU or Georgetown and major in IB, then your career prospects increase. Here at UT, I've seen IB majors go into consulting, commercial and investment banking, and even corporate finance. A large chunk obviously go onto graduate school (law, public policy, international relations, etc...).</p>

<p>Zzzzz.... not everyone wants NYU debt. Just because he doesnt go to a top school doesn't mean he wont get a job</p>

<p>I don't know where you got your facts Andrew, but I know a ton of people going to USC (S. Carolina) for business because it is, in fact, a wonderful program and one of the strongest in the school and country.</p>

<p>South Carolina is strong for international business? How'd that happen? USC is a good school, but when thinking of anything business or international, I would never think of the state of SC.</p>

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Just because he doesn't go to a top school doesn't mean he won't get a job.

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<p>When did I say that?

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I know a ton of people going to USC (S. Carolina) because it is, in fact, a wonderful program and one of the strongest in the school and the country.

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<p>S. Carolina does not have a nationally-recognized business school, and that's a fact.</p>

<p>International business is a soft business major, like management. You're not learning any specific skill like you are in accounting, finance, or MIS. Thus, it's best to do IB only if you're at one of the top 10-15 b-schools IMO.</p>

<p>Interesting, just ran a search on u.s. news rankings Thunderbird in AZ in #1, South Carolina is #2 in International Business....wow, had no idea, pretty cool.</p>

<p>Most decent business schools require that international business majors complete an additional major in one of the traditional business subfields. I believe that's the case at U. South Carolina.</p>

<p>Now look at this highly selective program at USC:
"The primary objective of the International Business and Chinese Enterprise (IBCE) program is to develop undergraduate students into professionals who can operate and succeed in the Chinese business environment. The Darla Moore School of Business will admit 20 students per year into the IBCE program. These students will be matched with 20 students at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. During the course of the IBCE program, Moore School students work towards a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, major in a special track with the International Business concentration, and complete a second business major at the University of South Carolina.</p>

<p>USC students spend the Freshman and Junior years at USC, and their Sophomore and Senior years at CUHK. IBCE students will participate in intensive study of Mandarin Chinese (Putonghua) with two summers in Hong Kong. Over the course of the four year program of study, students may also pursue internships in the United States and China/Hong Kong, with linked opportunities for graduate study."</p>

<p>Ok but if I don't want to go to China, if I double major in Finance and IB, will that look attractive?</p>

<p>What type of work do you want to do? One way to figure out if your school/major will prepare you adequately for your desired future career is to look for specific job postings and companies and see what majors they are looking for. Another is to check out your school's career services center. What companies recruit for jobs at your school? What majors are they looking for? There is a fair chance that they are looking for several different types; what you will want to do is see what type of specific coursework/skills/experience they desire in candidates, and proceed from there. Good luck!</p>

<p>I teach International business at 2 Universities - you are missing a big thing. USC requires minors in 2 foreign languages - and that makes a big difference in working globally, that you know the language and can appreciate the culture. If you are not OF another non-U.S. culture, or have not committed to learn language and cultures of other countries, I.B. is indeed more or less a general degree. that is also why it is smart of USC to require a second major.</p>

<p>Colleagues of mine, hear from their colleagues, that the action is at USC.</p>

<p>I am not a USC grad - but have visited there. They seem to have a lot of opportunities, an affordable education, and a first rate approach.</p>

<p>So basically you are not saying that it is stupid, if done right..... interesting</p>

<p>What can you do with an international business degree?</p>

<p>After graduating fro McGill I worked 9 years for a French bank in New York and Paris. I curently work for a Canadian bank in Boston. I became fluent in French while at McGill, it helped.</p>

<p>Dang son, International Business/Finance double major all the way</p>

<p>At Moore, the IB program is not something you can just get in. Basically, they take the cream of USC. A USC undergrad regular business major isn't that special, but the IB is pretty special.</p>

<p>Northeastern University (my university) actually has an IB program that might be worth your while since you come out of it with the option of dual degree with a foreign university. You spend your final 2 years abroad in the LOCAL classes(not taking english classes with the other foreigners). Because of that you get a whole different perspective with regards to business taking both business classes in the United States as well as abroad.</p>

<p>Just be aware that as long as the International business requirement is higher than regular business, it is probably somewhat special.</p>

<p>I am already in it so its all good but thanks for your input.</p>

<p>USC is also noted to have one of the top Public Relations degrees in the US so they must be doing something right. I think it is a good idea they require learning foriegn languages.</p>