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International Studies & Business: The Altman Program

The Altman Program in International Studies & Business is a special four-year interdisciplinary undergraduate course of study that integrates advanced language training, business, and liberal arts education. Altman Program Scholars earn two degrees – a B.A. from the School of Liberal Arts and a B.S.M. from the A. B. Freeman School of Business – combining practical and theoretical knowledge of global economies with deep cultural and linguistic competency. Altman Scholars specialize in an area of the world in which their chosen foreign language is spoken and graduate with a nuanced understanding of the political, economic and cultural complexities of our contemporary world.

The Altman Program prepares students to become leaders in today’s increasingly interconnected world. Such leaders must be adaptable to changing professional and cultural circumstances and need flexible broad-based skill-sets to adjust their professional goals to changing opportunities and markets. Above all, they also need to communicate effectively with citizens of their own and other cultures. The challenging dual-degree curriculum provides students with a broad liberal arts perspective and a practical business education that will enable them to be successful in a variety of career paths, whether in finance, politics, public policy, consulting, law, marketing, medicine, diplomacy, non-profit management, public health, or international development.

The Altman Program provides students with an Altman-specific experience each semester, a common study abroad trip between freshman and sophomore years, and financial support for Junior year abroad and internships. The program was established thanks to the generosity of Tulane alumnus Jeffrey Altman and welcomed its inaugural class in Fall 2012.