International Trade ,BS

International Trade, BS

Academic Programs / Undergraduate Degrees / International Trade

International Business, Trade, cross-cultural communications, global business, global economy, global leadership, global management, global negotations, global strategy, global trade, international trade, multicultural, regional studies

In the growing field of international trade, skilled managers are highly sought-after by global corporations. Prepare yourself for these positions with courses such as supply chain management for global operations, international trade, regional economic agreements, and big data in the global economy offered through this unique degree program.

Program Description

The BS program in international trade provides rigorous training for a career in global commerce. Students learn the functional disciplines of international business while gaining an in-depth understanding of the political, cultural and economic aspects of doing business on a global scale and in international markets.

Supported by Thunderbird's emphasis on a global mindset, students gain tools for managing supply chains, systematically assessing risk, exporting and importing goods and services, and using economic agreements to develop effective strategies for conducting international trade.

This program is unique as it allows students to learn new skills needed for a career in international trade through rigorous, hands-on training and to apply these skills during a local, national or international internship. The program provides global career opportunities, courses taught by outstanding Thunderbird graduate-school faculty, and an in-depth understanding of the political, cultural and economic aspects of regional business.

Graduates of this program possess the intercultural skills and global mindset needed to do business or take on a leadership role in any part of the world and learn to develop effective strategies for international trade and exporting goods and services.

Thunderbird students become a part of a renowned global network of Thunderbird alumni working in all parts of the world, in all industries and sectors.

At a Glance
  • Additional Program Fee: Yes
  • Second Language Requirement: No
  • First Required Math Course: MAT 210 - Brief Calculus
  • Math Intensity: Moderateprogram math intensity moderate

Required Courses (Major Map)
Concurrent Program Options

Students can choose to create their own concurrent degree combination to match their interests by working with their academic advisor during or after their first semester of study. Some concurrent combinations are not possible due to high levels of overlap in curriculum; students should speak with their academic advisor for more details.

This degree is also offered as a concurrent program with an integrated major map with the following:

Accelerated Program Options
Admission Requirements
General University Admission Requirements:

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.
Freshman | Transfer | International | Readmission

Additional Requirements:

Concurrent degree admission requirements:
Students interested in the international trade and business (global logistics management) program must meet general university admission requirements.

Transfer students wishing to pursue the concurrent degree combination must have a 3.00 cumulative transfer GPA and a 3.00 cumulative ASU GPA (if applicable) in addition to meeting the general admission requirements in order to be admitted to this program. If the student does not meet the admission requirements for the concurrent program, they will be placed in the BS in international trade.

Change of Major Requirements

Current ASU students who would like to change their major to international trade must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00.

Students should refer to for information about how to change a major to this program.

Attend Online

ASU offers this program in an online format with multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year. Applicants may view the program description and request more information here.

Transfer Options

ASU is committed to helping students thrive by offering tools that allow personalization of the transfer path to ASU. Students may use MyPath2ASU™ to outline a list of recommended courses to take prior to transfer.

ASU has transfer partnerships in Arizona and across the country to create a simplified transfer experience for students. These pathway programs include exclusive benefits, tools and resources, and help students save time and money in their college journey. Students may learn more about these programs by visiting the admission site:

Global Opportunities
Global Experience

As globalization continues to impact the way people live and work, international experiences have become vital to success in every field of business, especially international trade. Through international study and internships, students gain valuable skills employers are looking for, including communication and interpersonal skills, flexibility, motivation and a real-life perspective on how international trade functions worldwide.

Career Opportunities

In the increasingly globalized economy, the dramatic expansion of international trade has created tremendous opportunities for global business. Thunderbird's BS in international trade prepares students for a career in this growing field, one in which skilled managers are in demand around the world. Thunderbird's rigorous curriculum and renowned faculty prepare students for a leadership position in a wide range of career fields.

Students in this program master a repertoire of globally transferable skills that open doors to an abundance of opportunities around the world such as:

  • commodities broker
  • country manager
  • import and export agent
  • international business development manager
  • international market analyst
  • international marketing manager
  • international product or brand manager
  • regional manager

Career examples include but are not limited to those shown in the following list. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions.

Career *Growth *Median Salary
* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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Contact Information

What are Accelerated Programs?
ASU students may accelerate their studies by earning a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in as little as five years (for some programs) or by earning a bachelor’s degree in 2.5 or 3 years.

Accelerated bachelor's and master's degree programs are designed for high-achieving undergraduate students who want the opportunity to combine undergraduate coursework with graduate coursework to accelerate completion of their master’s degree. These programs, featuring the same high-quality curriculum taught by ASU's world-renowned faculty, allow students to obtain both a bachelor's and a master's degree in as little as five years.

Accelerated bachelor’s degree programs allow students to choose either a 2.5- or a 3-year path while participating in the same high-quality educational experience of a 4-year option. Students can opt to fast-track their studies after acceptance into a participating program by connecting with their academic advisor.
What are Concurrent Programs?
Students pursuing concurrent degrees earn two distinct degrees and receive two diplomas. ASU offers students two ways to earn concurrent degrees: by choosing a predetermined combination or creating their own combination. Predetermined combinations have a single admissions application and one easy to follow major map. To add a concurrent degree to your existing degree, work with your academic advisor. Either way, concurrent degrees allow students to pursue their own personal or professional interests.
What are Joint Programs?
Joint programs, or jointly conferred degrees, are offered by more than one college and provide opportunities for students to take advantage of the academic strengths of two academic units. Upon graduation, students are awarded one degree and one diploma conferred by two colleges.

What constitutes a New Program?
ASU adds new programs to Degree Search frequently. Come back often and look for the “New Programs” option.
What are Online Programs?
ASU Online offers programs in an entirely online format with multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year. See for more information.
What is the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE)?
The Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) is a program in which residents of western states (other than Arizona) may be eligible for reduced nonresident tuition. See more information and eligibility requirements on the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) program.

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