Global Business

All economic life is increasingly impacted by the forces of globalization. This Nexus introduces students to the contemporary corporate world, the role of global markets, and debates about appropriate regulation and long-term implications. Students will explore in depth the tools of corporate leadership, the sociology of organizations, and models of regulation. Students may pursue internships with national or international for profit corporations to complete the experiential requirement for this Nexus track.

Both the Global Business and the Nonprofit Organizations Nexus tracks are built on the foundation of a Complex Organizations minor. Complex Organizations is an interdisciplinary liberal arts program focusing on the behavior of individuals and groups in a variety of organizational settings. The program studies the theory and nature of organizations and challenges students to examine critically and imaginatively a range of current issues affecting organizational life, including ethics, decision making, privacy, patterns and practices of discrimination, finance, and career paths. From the status of women in the U.S. economy and the economics of health care to the social consequences of tax policies, courses within the program explore how the interplay of societal, organizational, and individual forces shape the national and global communities. The program is meant to complement a major in any field by providing a number of methodologies for dealing flexibly with the issues graduates will face either in their careers or in further study.

Track Chairs

Professor Mike Robinson
Economics & Complex Organizations

Professor Steve Schmeiser
Economics & Complex Organizations 


Courses may be chosen from the list of faculty-approved courses for your Nexus track, in consultation with your academic advisor and the Nexus track chair. You are not limited to the courses on these lists, however. If you identify another Mount Holyoke or Five College course relevant to the Nexus track, you can ask permission of the Nexus track chair to allow you to count the course toward your Nexus.

Example Program

Tanya wants to be the vice president for the Asian division of a Fortune 500 company. She begins her Nexus program with Economics 215, Economics of Corporate Finance, and Economics 216, International Trade. She applies for and is awarded a Laurel Fellowship from the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives for study abroad. In the spring before she leaves Tanya enrolls in COLL 210, Ready for the World. During her junior year abroad she interns in a Chinese export firm in Shanghai. She integrates all her past knowledge and experience when she takes History 301, History, Globalization, and Environmental Change and post-experience course, COLL 211, Tying It All Together.

Study Abroad and Nexus

Coursework from a study abroad program may be applied towards the Nexus with the approval of the track chair.  Below are two examples of programs offered through the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives.   Students can participate in these study abroad programs without participating in Nexus or, by the same token, participate in Nexus without doing these study abroad programs, but these study abroad programs and these Nexus tracks are particularly suited to each other.