Are you passionate about understanding the world around us? Are you interested in how countries become richer or poorer? Or what is behind the headlines of international conflicts? Are you concerned about quality of life in cities and about sustainable living? Do you wonder how people differ globally in terms of the work they do, how and where they live, what they eat, how they get around, and how they play? Human Geography is an exciting new addition to the range of specializations offered in our department. As a Human Geographer, you will explore the cultural, economic, and political forces that shape and, in turn, are shaped by natural and social landscapes at a range of scales, from the local to the global.
Because of our unique spatial outlook and set of skills – including technical skills like mapping, spatial analysis, and qualitative analyses – human geographers are increasingly in demand in the following fields:
Federal, state, and local government, including:
Non-government Organizations, including:
Our alumni are employed at all levels of federal, state, and local government as well as private-sector firms. The Geography faculty are consistently overwhelmed by the number of companies attempting to hire our graduates, often before they have finished their academic programs! Many of our alumni take these jobs after completing a course of study at some of the world's most prestigious graduate schools. Some examples of recent employers:
Graduate programs that our students have recently entered include:
A significant proportion of majors in the Department select human geography as their specialization. Many who specialize in human geography complement their training by also completing the track in geographic information science (see the GIS track).
- GEOG 100 Introduction to Human Geography
- GEOG 101 World Geography: Europe and Asia*
- GEOG 102 World Geography: Africa and the Americas*
- *If taking GEOG 101 or 102, students must take the one not used in the core requirements.
- GEOG 308 Principles of Planning
- GEOG 325 Conservation and Resource Management
- GEOG 327 Political Geography
- GEOG 408 Urban Theory
Complete at least two courses from the following:
- GEOG 301 World Regions
- GEOG 403 Environmental Hazards
- GEOG 406 Regional Economic Development
- GEOG 416 Smart Growth
- GEOG 417 Water Resources