The interdependence of local, national and international economies and their effects on the world's citizens.

Twenty-five percent of Smeal College of Business undergraduate students study abroad in more than 100 programs in 40 countries. The College offers an International Business Minor and opportunities for international internships. Much of the research in the College has an international component, with a Center for Global Business Studies that specializes in researching emerging multifunctional business issues that shape the global environment.

In addition to the College of Business, the John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences offers degrees in Energy Business and Finance that have a strong international component and the intersection of agricultural systems and the global economy are areas of research in the College of Agricultural Sciences. Graduate Programs in International Agriculture and Development and the International Agriculture Undergraduate minor also offer opportunities for students to gain experience in the role of agricultural systems in the global economy.