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Geography BA/MA

(HEGIS: 22.06 GEOGRAPHY, CIP: 45.0701 Geography)

Why study Geography BA/MA at UB?

The Geography BA/MA program focuses on economic and business geography; it is designed so that students can obtain both degrees in five (5) years. The degree offers students the opportunity to learn about trade from both theoretical and practical perspectives. Students use the tools of economic and business geography to understand the dynamics of multinational corporations, global financial markets, and technology and innovation change. As they progress through the degree, students learn to evaluate how these global-scale changes create opportunities and constraints for regional development in the United States and abroad. Students focus on the critical social, economic, and environmental challenges faced by workers, corporate decision-makers, government policy makers, and non-governmental organizations, which ultimately shape social outcomes and patterns of uneven development. Students in this program pay Master’s-level tuition for only three (3) of the ten (10) semesters of the program.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Geography BA/MA program, 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.

The Learning Environment

Introductory courses include relatively large enrollment classes that utilize a range of media sources, active learning exercises, technology, and remote options to enhance the learning experience. Upper-division courses include relatively smaller class sizes with numerous opportunities to engage students in research and thematic specialization, to use state-of-the-art technology and software, and to gain practical experience through independent projects, directed research, and internship opportunities with local stakeholders.

About Our Facilities

The Department of Geography maintains the Geographic Information and Analysis Laboratory, a multipurpose computing facility that serves the teaching and research needs of geospatial sciences. The department also houses the Center for Trade, Environment and Development (CTED). The Center supports research on trade and investment policies and patterns with a focus on social and environmental outcomes.

About Our Faculty

Geography has a diverse faculty in terms of disciplinary focus, composition, and real-world experience. The department has around 20 faculty with specializations in Earth Systems Science, Geographic Information Science (GIS), International Trade, and Urban and Regional Analysis. Faculty within International Trade have expertise in innovation and industry studies, urban economies, corporate social and environmental responsibility, Asian business, development studies, and political economy. All faculty have active research programs and are often supported with extramural funds from NIH, NSF, government agencies, and industry. Several faculty members have earned the rank of SUNY Distinguished Professor and have been awarded the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities and Teaching, while others have been recognized for their contributions to international education and graduate student mentoring. The department is supported by about 12 teaching assistants and several adjunct instructors who assist in the learning experience.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the Geography department website for additional information about our faculty.

Career Outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (US Department of Labor) lists geography as a stable employment sector, with excellent growth potential in some sub-disciplines. More than half of all geographers in the US are employed by the federal government.

Career Choices

  • Financial and banking analyst
  • Investment and trade analyst
  • International service provider
  • Market research analyst
  • Researcher

Work settings include:

  • Consulting companies
  • Government agencies
  • Local, city and/or state planning offices
  • Multinational corporations
  • Social services organizations
  • Universities

Academic Advising

The department provides a two-tiered support system for students. A fulltime staff person, the Undergraduate Secretary, is available to service the needs and queries of all undergraduate majors within the department. The Director of Undergraduate Studies is a faculty member who provides academic advising and has the authority to address curricula issues.

Academic Advising Contact Information

Ms. Dawn Raffel
Undergraduate Secretary
Department of Geography
105E Wilkeson Quad
Phone: 716-645-0470
Email Ms. Raffel

Scholarships and Financial Support

The department gives annual awards to highly-qualified undergraduate students on a competitive basis. The McConnell/MacPherson Award in International Trade recognizes an academically outstanding graduating student in International Trade. The Greg and Susan Aldrich Undergraduate Research Award was established to provide funding to students to overcome barriers that obstruct their ability to perform meaningful research and/or creative activities. The Charles H.V. Ebert Scholarship for Physical Geography provides recognizes an academically outstanding graduating student in Earth Systems Science.

Students in our program may also qualify for scholarships and financial support from a number of other sources, including: Nationally Competitive Fellowships and Scholarships, and UB College of Arts and Sciences Scholarships and Awards.

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Published: Feb 01, 2023 08:50:13