Global Management

Earlham’s global management program is the home for our students interested in business, entrepreneurship and management, but it’s never business as usual.

Our classes prepare you to make a positive impact locally and globally. With an emphasis on experiential education, you’ll work collaboratively with students from around the world to analyze complex social and business problems, develop new programs and strategies, and understand the ecosystem of industries, businesses and nongovernmental organizations.

Courses take you from theory to practice of basic business and management skills. Additionally, all of our majors complete at least one internship to continue to build skills and personal networks.

Co-curricular opportunities further your ability to hone your skills. You can compete for start-up funding in business plan competitions, compete against peers at other schools in case competitions, lead or participate in our Net Impact chapter, and participate in research with faculty. You will be mentored through these opportunities by our faculty.

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of recent graduates were working within six months of graduation, while others attended graduate school (most of our alumni have completed or expect to pursue master’s or Ph.D. programs).
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Top job industries for recent graduates have included nonprofits, finance, education and management consulting.

Top job industries for recent graduates have included nonprofits, finance, education and management consulting.

Work and lead in a global society

Every global management major completes an internship. Off-campus programs in Philadelphia, New York and Washington provide structured internship opportunities. Internships can also be completed at an organization of your choosing, either in the US or abroad. You can apply for funding for your internship through the EPIC advantage program, so that you can pursue an internship that aligns with your goals and values.

Global perspectives

The global management major averages 40 percent representation by international students. Our U.S. students come from all over the country and many different backgrounds. Students can expect to work in a multinational group on a regular basis in almost every class in the major.

Launch your business

Every year, students have the opportunity to compete in business plan competitions that can result in seed funding for a new business or nonprofit addressing a social challenge. These include the international million-dollar Hult Prize, which Earlham students won in 2016, and the EPIC Grand Challenge, a comprehensive proposal competition focused on solving local issues in Wayne County, Indiana.

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Our faculty

Our faculty bring a diverse perspective and wealth of knowledge to our classrooms. We have expertise in various areas of business and management and work experience in numerous countries, types of organizations and positions.

Program details

As a global management major, you will choose from one of six tracks to focus your studies: finance, marketing, international business, leadership and change, social entrepreneurship and social change, or SCOM/MIT (supply chain and operations management/management information technology).

As a liberal arts college, Earlham offers multiple disciplinary and interdisciplinary majors and minors in which students cultivate deep and specific knowledge and experience. Equally important, the College expects every student to develop broad, general skills and proficiencies across the curriculum.

As part of their general education, students complete six credits in each academic division of the College: humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and visual and performing arts. In addition, students meet requirements for first-year courses, analytical reasoning, perspectives on diversity and wellness.

Learn more about general education at Earlham.

To earn a Bachelor of Arts in global management, you must complete the following courses, in addition to general education requirements.

You are encouraged to begin the major during your first or second year. This provides flexibility in your schedule to participate in an off-campus program and to develop multinational professional networks among other students in the program.

Core courses:

  • MGMT 141 World of Business
  • MGMT 200 Financial Accounting
  • MGMT 381 Field Experience Seminar
  • MGMT 368 Business Communication
  • MGMT 481 Internships, Field Studies and Other Field Experiences
  • MGMT 488 Senior Capstone Experience

One of the following analytical/quantitative courses:

  • MGMT 100 Introduction to Economics OR MGMT 120 Elementary Statistics OR MGMT 204 Statistics for Economics OR PSYC 245 Research Methods and Statistics


You must complete three courses from one of the following tracks:


  • MGMT 305 Econometrics
  • MGMT 308 Impact Investing
  • MGMT 330 Money and Capital Markets
  • MGMT 333 Managerial Finance
  • MGMT 346 Behavioral Economics
  • MGMT 362 International Finance
  • MGMT 369 Corporate Valuation


  • MGMT 309 Consumer Behavior
  • MGMT 310 Marketing Strategy
  • MGMT 222 International Marketing
  • MGMT 354 Entrepreneurial Marketing
  • MGMT 361 Social Media and Marketing

International business

  • MGMT 221 Introduction to Global SCM Management
  • MGMT 222 International Marketing
  • MGMT 313 Social Entrepreneurship
  • MGMT 315 Introduction to International Business
  • MGMT 362 International Finance

Leadership and change

  • MGMT 211 Leadership: Theory & Practice
  • MGMT 312 Leadership and Change
  • MGMT 342 Leadership and Dealing with Differences
  • MGMT 343 Conflict Resolution

Social Entrepreneurship and Social Change

  • MGMT 306 Ennovation Lab
  • MGMT 308 Impact Investing
  • MGMT 313 Social Entrepreneurship
  • MGMT 325 Nonprofits and Civil Society
  • MGMT 354 Entrepreneurial Marketing
  • POLS 355 Politics of the Developing World


  • MGMT 221 Introduction to Global SCM Management
  • MGMT 265 Management Information Technology
  • MGMT 353 Transportation and Logistics
  • MGMT 361 Social Media and Marketing
  • MGMT 367 Information Technology in the Modern Business World


You must take two 3-credit MGMT courses from a track outside of your chosen track, with at least one 3-credit course being an upper-level course.

View a full list of global management courses and their descriptions.

Yes! Earlham graduates, whatever their majors, frequently pursue careers that move them into management positions. By taking global management as a minor, students in any major can develop an understanding of how to work and lead in an organization.

Students minoring in global management must complete these courses:

  • MGMT 141 World of Business
  • MGMT 200 Financial Accounting
  • MGMT 211 Leadership: Theory & Practice
  • Two additional upper-level MGMT courses

View a full list of global management courses and their descriptions.

Recent graduates have found employment at a wide variety of organizations from First Bank in Indianapolis to the World Bank in Palestine, working in a range of fields, everything from finance to logistics to marketing and hospitality.

The applied minor in leadership introduces you to interdisciplinary ways of thinking about leadership, ethics, morality and decision-making and helps you integrate what you are learning in the classroom with your co-curricular activities.

Learn more about the applied minor in leadership.

The sky’s the limit when it comes to finding an internship as a global management student. Because every global management major must complete an internship requirement, we have robust resources to help you identify opportunities and feel supported throughout your experience.

Recent majors have interned at Adobe Systems, Huntington Bank, Asia Tech Source, CoverMyMeds, the City of Richmond and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), among many other places.

Global management students are problem-solvers and team builders. They see the world’s problems as puzzles to be solved through the creative application of business practices. Whether you want to start your own business or nonprofit, or work your way up through an existing organization, the global management major can provide you the skills you need to lead and manage effectively.

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