International Trade

BA in International Trade - NEW Major Starting Fall 2012

The newly established International Trade degrees (BA and MA) in the Department of Geography prepare students to critically assess the process of globalization operating in the world today, including the growth of multinationals and foreign direct investment, international trade, the internationalization of capital and financial markets, new international divisions of labor, and the rapid development of technology and innovations. These changes are resulting in global restructuring and new patterns of uneven development. Critical social, economic, and environmental challenges are being faced by corporate decision-makers, government policy makers, and non-governmental organizations.

The BA and MA degrees are designed to prepare undergraduates and masters students for a professional and/or academic career in this challenging and exciting world of international business and trade. You will be exposed to a wide-range of perspectives on the global economy, and will develop important skills in policy and data analysis at various geographic scales.

Our students pursue a wide variety of careers with organizations such as local investment and trade promotion agencies, trade and location consulting firms, governmental agencies, and a variety of international service providers (e.g. freight forwarders, customs brokers, international banks, transport carriers, and international trade management companies). (Note: These degrees were formerly known as International Trade/International Business and World Trade tracks or ITC in Geography).

Faculty members directly involved are Sharmistha Bagchi-Sen (also Chair of the Department of Geography), Trina Hamilton, Jessie Poon, and Marion Werner. The Director of Undergraduate Studies is Peter Rogerson. Please contact Ms. Betsy Abraham, Graduate and Undergraduate Secretary, for details (babraham@buffalo.edu or 716 645 0471).

Courses for International Trade include 12 Geography courses (9 required courses and 3 elective courses), 1 Computer Science course, and 2 Economics courses.

Required Courses:
GEO 100 - Geography Perspectives & World Issues – OR – GEO 101 - Earth Systems Science I
GEO 102 - Introduction to Human Geography – OR – GEO 103 - Geography of Economic Systems
GEO 120 – Maps and Mapping
GEO 211 – Univariate Statistics in Geography* (formerly 410)
GEO 330 – Dynamics of International Business
GEO 333 – Bases of World Commerce
GEO 334 – International Environments and Commercial Problems
GEO 425 – Industrial/Business Geography
GEO 460 – Geography of Development

Statistics Substitution (GEO 211): If you have already completed one of the following Stats courses, you will not need Geo 211. Approved subs: PSC408, PSY207, SOC294, STA119, ECO480, EAS308. However, students who take a course outside Geography that is equivalent to GEO211 must complete an additional Geography elective to fulfill the requirement of 36 Geography credits (units).

Any THREE Electives Courses at the 300/400 level.

These are some popular suggestions:


GEO 345 – Water Resources

GEO 352 - Introduction to Soils
GEO 366 – Urban Geography
GEO 367 – Urban Social Geography
GEO 411 – Multivariate Statistics in Geography
GEO 412 – Geography of Health
GEO 418 – Population Geography
GEO 419 – Transportation and Society
GEO 426 – Geography Seminar
GEO 470 – Integrated Environment Management
GEO 481 – Geographic Information Systems
GEO 482 – Locational Analysis

GEO 483 - Remote Sensing

Two Economics courses:
ECO 181 – Macroeconomics
ECO 182 - Microeconomics

One Computer Science course:
CSE 101 - Computers: A General Introduction
CSE 113 - Intro to Computer Science I
MFC101 - Intro Computers & Info Systems
MFC118 - Micro Computer Applications I
MGQ201 - Intro to Computer & Stats