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International Trade BA

(HEGIS: 05.13 INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS, CIP: 52.1101 International Business/Trade/Commerce)

Department of Geography

105 Wilkeson Quad
Ellicott Complex
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14261

Dr. Scott Mackay

Dr. Jared Aldstadt
Director of Undergraduate Studies

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Why study International Trade BA at UB?

The International Trade degree is unique to the Department of Geography at UB. 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.

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.

The Learning Environment

Introductory courses include relatively large enrollment classes that utilize a range of media sources, active learning exercises, technology, and online 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 that can be grouped into the following specializations: Earth Systems Science, Geographic Information Science, International Trade, and Urban and Regional Analysis. Faculty members represent the global community (hailing from North America, Europe, and several locations in Asia), and they come to the University at Buffalo after pursuing graduate degrees or post-doctoral or tenure-track positions at major national and international universities, conducting research at federal laboratories, or working in industry. 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

  • Investment and trade analyst
  • International service provider
  • Financial and banking analyst
  • 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 curriculum 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 08:50:24