geography

Learning geography typically focuses on interconnections—between human beings and the natural environment, past and present, domestic and foreign realms, and rural and urban areas—all at the different scales of our existence (from local to regional, national, and global).

In geography-rich interdisciplinary programs, you'll learn about local places and the larger world humans inhabit, how they define their homelands, how they engage in conflict and cooperation with each other, and how they migrate. You’ll have opportunities to study scholarly and imaginative works, develop skills in writing and research, and conduct policy research, fieldwork, and mapping.

How to Choose Your Path

You’ll choose what you study to earn a Bachelor’s degree that’s meaningful to you. Some students decide their programs as they go, while others chart their course in advance.

Aim for both breadth and depth; explore fields that may be related or that may seem very distant. You'll be surprised at what you discover.

If you're new to college, look for programs where you can gain a foundation, build key skills, and broaden your knowledge (FR only, FR-SO, or FR-SR).

If you already have a foundation in this field, look for programs with intermediate or advanced material (SO-SR, JR-SR, or FR-SR). These programs may include community-based learning and in-depth research. Some of these programs have specific prerequisites; check the description for details.

Talk to an academic advisor to get help figuring out what coursework is best for you.

Planned offerings for 2019–20
Class Standing Quarters Offered Credits
American Frontiers: Homelands and Borderlands FR
  • Spring
16
Catastrophe: Community Resilience in the Face of Disaster FR
  • Winter
16
Climate Justice JR-SR
  • Spring
16
Introduction to Environmental Studies FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Marketing with GIS FR-SR
  • Spring
16
Picturing Plants JR-SR
  • Spring
16
Social Science Approaches to Solving Environmental Problems JR-SR
  • Spring
16
South Asia: Climate Change and Society SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Story-Mapping for Change FR-SR
  • Fall
4
Student-Originated Studies: Community Resilience SO-SR
  • Fall
16
World Geography with GIS FR-SR
  • Spring
8
Planned offerings for 2020–21
Class Standing Quarters Offered Credits
Introduction to Environmental Studies: Water FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
8, 16
Politics of Identity, Scale, and Nature SO-SR
  • Spring
16