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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

International Trade BA

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We live in an increasingly globalized world-but few people truly understand what that means and how it impacts our lives nearly every day. From evolving trade patterns in the ethical diamond market to the effect of global competition on food prices, UB’s international trade program is designed for people who care about how our world is changing through global commerce, supply chains, technology and innovation. If you’re looking for a program that gives you a big-picture perspective and opens doors worldwide, keep reading.

Visit the International Trade academic program page for more information about the academic experience, who you will learn from, opportunities outside of class and what you can do with this degree.

Visit the Geography department page  for contact information, a brief overview of the department and the curricular options.

Admission Criteria

Current UB students seeking admission to the International Trade BA will be added to the major upon request by completing the College of Arts and Sciences Major/Minor Change Request Form.

Course Requirements

Three Geography (GEO) Electives at the 300/400 Level (9-12 credits)

Other Required Courses (8 credits)

Total Credits Required for Major: 48-55

Additional Degree Requirements Include:

  • Additional coursework to fulfill UB Curriculum requirements
  • Elective courses as needed to complete the 120 credit hour total

Total Credits Required for Graduation: 120

Total Credit Hours Required represents the minimum credits needed to complete this program, and may vary based on a number of circumstances. This should not be used for financial aid purposes.


UB Seminar courses cannot count towards major requirements.

*Statistics Substitution (GEO 211 ): If you have already completed one of the following Stats courses, you will not need GEO 211 . Approved substitutions: PSC 408 , PSY 207 , SOC 294 , STA 119  and STA 119 , ECO 480 , EAS 308. However, students who take a course outside Geography that is equivalent to GEO 211  must complete an additional Geography elective to fulfill the requirement of 37 Geography credit hours.

Program Honors and Program Distinction

Students must complete an honors project under the supervision of a Geography faculty member. Each project is to be read and evaluated by a second faculty member in the department who has expertise in the area of the student’s project. Students who wish to complete an honors project must make arrangements with the appropriate faculty member by the end of the semester preceding the semester (or summer session) when the student expects to register for the honors course. Students must receive a grade of B or higher in the honors course. Students must also meet the remaining Program Honors criteria outlined in the Academic Honors policy

Majors who do not pursue a thesis but have exceptional grades are eligible for Program Distinction upon degree conferral if the criteria are met.  These criteria are also found in the Academic Honors policy.

Curricular Plan

A Curricular Plan provides a roadmap for completing this academic program and the UB Curriculum on time. Your actual plan may vary depending on point of entry to the university, course placement and/or waivers based on standardized test scores, earned alternative credit and/or college transfer credit.

First Year Fall

Total Credits: 15 or 16

First Year Spring

Total Credits: 15 or 16

Second Year Fall

  • Elective Credits: 3
  • Pathway Credits: 3
  • Pathway Credits: 3
  • Scientific Literacy 1 Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3

Total Credits: 15

Second Year Spring

Total Credits: 14

Total Credits: 16

Total Credits: 13

Fourth Year Fall

Total Credits: 15

Fourth Year Spring

Total Credits: 16

Total Credits Required: 120

Note: Some classes may count toward both a major and UB Curriculum requirement.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the International Trade degree, students will understand the basics of trade theory and global production network. Students will recognize and define the rapidly changing dynamics of the international business environment and its impact on corporate strategies and patterns of international trade and investment. Students will understand how these patterns shape, and are shaped by, historic and contemporary geographies of global inequality. Students will have well-developed skills in qualitative and quantitative methods of inquiry, as employed in research, industry, and government agencies.


(HEGIS: 05.13 INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS, CIP52.1101 International Business/Trade/Commerce)


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