Geography and Sustainable Development majors integrate the social and natural sciences to address 21st century social, economic, and environmental challenges. They synthesize geographic information using qualitative and quantitative techniques, including geospatial mapping technologies and data science. Students apply critical thinking, communication, and technical skills through individualized research and field experiences. They are prepared for purposeful careers in sustainable development and policy; environment and natural resource management; culture, citizenship and social justice; and geospatial techniques and applications.
Urban and Regional Planning majors systematically analyze urban problems and design appropriate solutions. Planners define urban problems, analyze them using geospatial and other methods, and use relevant planning concepts and techniques to facilitate decision-making. Students gain critical thinking, research, and communications skills through both independent research and team and projects. These skills prepare students for diverse public and private opportunities in planning and development.
In the minor, students explore interactions between people, places, and environments, integrating social and natural sciences to understand global issues and address them locally. Geography minors learn diverse methods, like geospatial analysis, for studying and managing human and environmental change.
The Geography minor is also embedded in the Social Justice Studies Major, Track 4: Global Peace and Social Justice.
The minor introduces students to the systematic analysis of urban problems and design of appropriate solutions. Planning minors gain basic skills for defining urban problems, use geospatial and other analytical methods, and apply relevant planning concepts and techniques to facilitate decision-making.
M.A. in Geography
The MA in Geography prepares students with advanced geographical thinking and methods essential to understand and solve linked human and environmental challenges. A flexible and personalized curriculum connects core concepts in space, place, and environment to diverse course offerings focused on global development, urban development and planning, environment and natural resource management, or geospatial science.
The Department of Geography offers integrated undergraduate and graduate courses and training leading to a combined Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Geography with undergraduate majors in Geography & Sustainable Development and Urban & Regional Planning.