2021-2022 Undergraduate Bulletin

Global Commerce and Transportation

Office: University College Student Support Center
Mail Code: 2211 S. Josephine St. Denver, CO 80208
Phone: 303-871-2291, 800-347-2042
Email: ucolsupport@du.edu  
Web Site: http://www.universitycollege.du.edu

Gain the foundational elements needed to effectively manage the transportation of goods and people through a Bachelor of Arts in Global Commerce and Transportation. This exciting major offered in the Bachelor of Arts Completion Program at University College will prepare students to pursue more advanced career opportunities or education in the transportation field.

Developed in partnership with the Transportation Institute at the University of Denver, the BA in Global Commerce and Transportation offers hands-on instruction that covers transportation safety and security issues, law and policy, economics and finance, international trade, supply-chain logistics, and transportation modes and nodes. Students who major in Global Commerce and Transportation will also develop superior communication, creative, and decision-making skills—transferable outcomes provided by the bachelor’s program that can be applied immediately.  The Global Commerce and Transportation degree requires an integrative project, which allows the student to further explore the field through research and writing.

This degree prepares students to:

  • Demonstrate effective and persuasive oral, written, and non-verbal communication techniques using tone and principles appropriate to the audience.

  • Apply global commerce and transportation theory and principles to formulate well-organized arguments in writing and speaking that contain a clear purpose, relevant content, and a conclusion that directly reflects the purpose and strength of the content.

  • Describe how different transportation modes and intermodal transportation interface with key supply chain nodes to create a global supply chain.

  • Analyze the strengths and limitations of transportation policy in promoting public welfare.

  • Quantify data, analyze trends and exceptions, and establish the reliability of conclusions within an intermodal transportation framework.


Global Commerce and Transportation

Bachelor of Arts Major Requirements

(180 credits required for the degree)

Major Courses (40 credits)
GS 3050Economics and Finance4
GS 3100Understanding International Trade4
GLBL 3200Transportation Modes and Nodes4
GLBL 3250Supply Chain and Logistics Systems4
GLBL 3300Transportation and Public Policy Issues4
GLBL 3350Transportation Safety and Security4
BACP 3350Directed Research4
BACP 3400Civic Engagement4
BACP 3450Integrative Project Design4
BACP 3500Integrative Project4
Total Credits40

GLBL 3200 Transportation Modes and Nodes (4 Credits)

This course provides an overview of how transportation has driven economic development throughout the world now as well as in history and into the future. From around the world to down the street to your front door global supply chains are dependent upon fast, efficient, and dependable transportation. Whether by air, ocean, rail, track, barge, or pipeline, we are dependent upon the goods firms deliver to us daily. Students learn about the characteristics of these modes of transportation as well as the nodes of access they use including: ports, terminals, distribution centers, flow centers, cross-dock facilities, and the supply chains they serve. This course also addresses how different modes interface to create global intermodal transportation systems that efficiently move goods from origin to destination more efficiently than ever before. Whether it's a manufacturer, distributor, retailer, e-tailer, students learn how effectively managing transportation is a key factor in profitability.

GLBL 3250 Supply Chain and Logistics Systems (4 Credits)

This class provides an overview of supply chain management as a key business function that holistically integrates functions such as planning, purchasing, inventory control, transportation, and warehousing. Students learn about topics such as designing supply and distribution networks aligned with the firm's business and supply chain strategy as well as improving supply chain performance via SCOR, Lean, and Six Sigma techniques. Students explore how various aspects of supply chain management are integrated within the firm as well as coordinated with suppliers, trading partners, and logistics/transportation providers to deliver superior customer satisfaction. Making sound strategic and tactical decisions are learned by managing a global consumer electronics supply chain via an online simulation. Best practices are investigated by studying some of the world's top supply chains.

GLBL 3300 Transportation and Public Policy Issues (4 Credits)

This course provides an overview of the many public policy dimensions of transportation systems. It examines government regulations affecting transportation businesses, environmental regulations, labor laws, finance, public welfare, and the general relationship between economic policy and transportation investment. The class focuses on personal mobility (autos, highways, urban transit, and airlines), including freight transport (rail, ports, and pipelines). Future directions in transportation-related public policy are also addressed.

GLBL 3350 Transportation Safety and Security (4 Credits)

Transportation security in the 21st century challenges the capabilities of our global transportation infrastructure. This course explores the ever-evolving requirements imposed on industry practitioners and encourages students to develop skill sets and knowledge required to embed security in transportation systems. We examine the evolution of the industry's concerns about safety, including concerns about security, and analyze how these concerns drive workforce training and resource allocation. Students assess technological and economic challenges to ensure safe and secure transportation systems. In addition to physical security issues, this course also examines the issues of resilience and preparedness, and how they drive industry practitioners, policy planners, and stakeholders.

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