Arizona State University
Senate Motion #2016-55
Motion Introduced by: Curriculum and Academic Programs Committee, Steven Semken, Chair
Date of First Reading: March 28, 2016
Date of Second Reading: April 25, 2016
Title of Motion: Request from the Thunderbird School of Global Management – for the establishment of an undergraduate degree – BS in International Trade
Action Requested: This curricular proposal has received all college, school, unit and university administrative approvals, and is being presented to the Senate for review and voting decision.
Rationale: The BS in International Trade provides a rigorous training in skills related to a career in international trade. It is unique in training students not only in the functional disciplines of international business, but also in the knowledge and skills needed to do business in different parts of the world. The two required "Regional Management Environment" courses give students an in-depth understanding in the political, cultural, and economic aspects of doing business in specific regions. The course on Supply Chain Operations for Global Organizations provides students with a global perspective on managing supply chains. The course on International Trade and Regional Economic Agreements gives students the tools to use economic agreements to develop an effective strategy for conducting international trade, as well as practical skills needed for exporting and important goods and services. The course on Global Risk Assessment and Management provides tools to do systematic assessment of political, economic, financial, and commercial risks related to international trade. Together these courses, along with supporting courses in International Economics, the required international internship, and the capstone Pro-Seminar course, develop students for a wide range of careers in