Global Business

Degree Options: Major
Locations: Lincoln Center
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Manage $1 million of Fordham’s money—and study St. Augustine. Get an uncommonly well-rounded business education.

Fluorescent stock board - LGYou have a moral compass. You also have big ambitions. In the global business major at Fordham, we know these qualities are the very bedrock of success. Here you’ll become part of the next generation of business leaders through a rigorous and innovative program immersed in the world financial capital of New York City.

We’re considered one of the top business schools in the U.S. for a reason. (For many reasons.) Our dual core curriculum—half business, half liberal arts—makes Fordham business graduates unique: skilled in global commerce, but also keenly aware of the human factor in every deal.

You will study with business leaders and moral thinkers. Global content is woven into every core curriculum course.

Our business classes will have you developing consulting recommendations for Campbell's or Under Armour, generating an idea for a startup venture, and practicing the fundamentals of financial modeling.

Our liberal arts classes will have you studying philosophers from Socrates and St. Augustine to Descartes and Kant, reading classic authors such as Shakespeare and Virgina Woolf, and experiencing the fine arts at New York City museums, concert halls, and theaters—on Broadway and off.

College is your time to develop a portfolio of professional and personal assets. The professional: knowledge, skills, and experience highly valued in our global economy. The personal: strong values, self-awareness, concern for others, and an inner drive for excellence that will serve you throughout life.

We prepare you to take a leading role in business—and have a fulfilling life outside of work.

Program Highlights

The Global Business major is offered only at Lincoln Center. There are four primary concentrations:

  • Digital media and technology
  • Global finance and business economics
  • Management, with a focus on health care
  • Marketing, with a focus on consumer insight

Select programs:

  • Global Business Honors Program: rigorous, in-depth international business curriculum for high achievers that includes classes in macroeconomics, information systems, and financial management. You’ll go to London in your first year and countries such as Argentina, Chile, and China in later years.
  • Fair Trade Program: a hands-on, real-life experience in commerce with a conscience. You identify, import, market, and sell global Fair Trade products from Kenya, India, and Bolivia in the U.S. You can visit these artisans to see firsthand how the Fair Trade model benefits promotes social justice and the environment.
  • Student Managed Investment Fund: Manage a real $1 million global portfolio in a course taught by finance professor James Kelly. You and your classmates invest $1 million of Fordham's endowment in a variety of domestic and international assets. In recent years, student returns on investment have beat the benchmarks in stocks, bonds, and commodities.

Internships

World-class internships at top global companies in every industry are just a subway ride away. More than 90 percent of business majors have at least one internship at Fordham, and many graduate with four or five on their resumes. Companies include:

  • Goldman Sachs
  • Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation
  • KPMG
  • Ernst & Young
  • MTV/Viacom
  • Lord & Taylor

More than 75 percent of Gabelli graduates who got job offers before graduation reported that their internship led directly to the full-time spot.

Take your coursework global with a study abroad program. Fordham has connections with more than 150 programs in universities all over the world, including Germany, China, Turkey, Argentina, and the Gabelli London satellite campus.

Sample Courses

Information Systems I and II
Principles of Management Accounting
Legal Framework of Business
Statistical Decision Making
Operations and Production Management
Strategy I and II
Philosophy of Human Nature
Basic Macroeconomics
Math Methods: Finite
Philosophical Ethics
Art History, Music History, Opera

Life After Fordham

Our globally minded education in a global city prepares you for a range of business careers. Our graduating classes rank among the top five in the nation in starting salary.

But it’s not just about the money. Our graduates report significant career fulfillment. Their work is meaningful to them, because they make it matter to the world.

Our Personal and Professional Development Center staff will help you figure out the right route for you. We’ll shape your accomplishments so far—academic experience, internships, study abroad—into a portfolio that will catch the attention of companies from global giants to local landmarks.

Want to be an analyst Credit Swisse? An associate at KPMG, one of accounting’s Big Four? An account executive at the advertising powerhouse BBDO? Those are a few of the paths recent graduates have taken.

The possibilities are endless. Some you may (not) have thought of:

  • Alternative investments
  • Entrepreneurship
  • International business
  • Sports business
  • Sustainable business
  • Value investing

You also get access to our powerful (and Fordham-loyal) network of alumni, who want to see you succeed as they have. Many alumni have started their own businesses in industries ranging from financial management to sustainable energy.

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