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College of Arts & Sciences

International Business


Allyson Grant

Communication Specialist

Departments of Business & Economics, Psychology, Allied Health

Global Experience


A business degree from Baker means more than just academic excellence: It’s proof of a well-rounded, liberal arts–based education.

And by focusing abroad, students gain a solid foundation in business and economics fundamentals while emphasizing the importance of cultural, linguistic, institutional, and legal differences that are encountered when business is conducted on a global scale.

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Global Citizenship

Baker makes studying abroad easy, allowing most Baker financial awards and scholarships to be applied directly to study abroad for one full semester. Your first-hand exposure to an international setting will help you grow as a scholar of international affairs.

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Students posing in front of the colosseum in Italy while studying abroad
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Exceptional Experience


Prepare For Law School


Baker prepares students for a law degree with our pre-law interdisciplinary minor, and does it well—95% of our pre-law students are accepted into their first- or second-choice law school. Students work with a pre-law advisor to create a course of study that prepares them for law school. The advisor also helps find internship opportunities.

Talk The Talk

All international business students are required to study a world language. We want you to succeed after graduation, and learning to communicate is the first step.

Live Well Rounded

Baker’s general education program is the perfect companion to the business curriculum. Students learn how to learn, how to continue learning throughout life, and how to adjust as society and industry change—a vital skill for any businessperson.

4+1 Bachelor’s to MBA Dual Degree Program

Students who earn an undergraduate business degree from Baker’s School of Professional and Graduate Studies or College of Arts and Sciences in Baldwin City can earn their bachelor’s degree and MBA in five years. This program is open to current students and graduates.

Baker participants who meet program requirements will not be required to take the 9 hours of MBA foundation courses. 4+1 students will be required to complete the 9 hours of MBA core courses and the 12 hours of concentration courses. To complete the remaining 21 MBA credits within a year, 4+1 students must take one at least one course each term for seven terms.


  1. Complete 60 Baker undergraduate credit hours toward an SPGS or CAS business baccalaureate degree.
  2. Satisfy the graduation requirements for the undergraduate program.
  3. Earn a Baker cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  4. Earn a GPA of 3.0 or higher in Baker business baccalaureate core courses.
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International Business Course Descriptions


Our international business majors have landed these jobs:

  • Foreign trade (exports, imports) manager
  • Trade development officer
  • International finance writer
  • Foreign currency trader
  • Foreign currency investment advisor
  • International real estate agent/broker
  • Social impact researcher
  • Trade commissioner
  • Diplomat
  • Trade and interest group lobbyist
  • Education abroad counselor
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The Department of Business and Economics gives these awards with financial prizes to be applied to the following year’s tuition:

  • Mildred Hunt Riddle Departmental Recognition Scholarship for Business and Economics
  • KPMG-Cecil Miller Scholarship
  • Carley M. Upp Memorial Scholarship
  • William G. McGowan Scholarship*
  • Professor Fran Jabara Leadership Awards**

*The William G. McGowan Scholarship funds one student annually at selected institutions across the nation. To be eligible, an institution of higher learning must be accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs. The scholarship, made possible by the McGowan Charitable Fund, provides $18,000 toward tuition to one business student selected to conduct business research during the following academic year.

**The Professor Fran Jabara Leadership Award and an accompanying financial prize is presented to two senior business students who have demonstrated excellence in leadership throughout their academic career. The award is presented at spring commencement.

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Academic Recognition

  • Outstanding First-Year Business Major
  • Outstanding Sophomore Business Major
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Meet the Faculty

Dr. Judy Smrha
Professor of Business & Economics, Chair of Business & Economics Department
B.A. Mills College; M.A., Ph.D. Johns Hopkins University
Office: Mabee 303

Kevin Conley, JD, CPA
Assistant Professor of Business & Economics
B.A. University of Northern Iowa, J.D. University of Iowa College of Law
Expertise: business law, income taxes
Office: Mabee 207

Dr. Alan Grant
Professor of Business & Economics
B.S., M.A., Ph.D. Kansas State University
Expertise: inflation forecasting and lottery finance
Office: Mabee 308

Martha Harris, CPA, CMA, CFE
Professor of Business & Economics
B.S. Baker University, M.B.A. University of Kansas
Expertise: financial institutions, fraud examination
Office: Constant Hall

Gary Irick, CPA
Associate Professor
B.S. Baker University, M.M. Northwestern University.
Expertise: financial reporting and auditing
Office: Mabee 309

Dr. Lowell Jacobsen
Elizabeth Harvey Rhodes Professor of International Business
Ph.D. in Economics, Edinburgh University; M.I.M. Thunderbird School of Global Management; B.A. in Economics and Finance, Buena Vista University
Expertise: business strategy, finance, international economics
Office: Mabee 306

Dr. Kevin McCarthy
Professor of Business & Economics, Collins-Dietrich Chair
B.A., M.B.A., Ph.D. St. Louis University
Office: Mabee 208

Dr. Nadia Novotorova
Associate Professor of Marketing
M.B.A. Iowa State University, Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Office: Mabee 304

Paulette Schwerdt
Instructor of Business and Economics
B.B.A., M.B.A. Washburn University
Expertise: finance and management
Office: Mabee

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