Major, Minor and Modifications


The Geography Major consists of ten courses spread across five categories: introductory, methods, breadth, depth, and culminating experience.  Introductory courses provide an overview of the field of geography, and ground students in the fundamentals of geography.  Methods courses impart the qualitative and quantitative tools that geographers use to explore people and environment in space.  Breadth courses expose students to the diversity of geography as a discipline.  Depth courses allow students to more substantively engage an area of interest.  Finally, the culminating experience synthesizes students' knowledge of geography through deep discussions of key and current literature in a seminar format.

The Department of Geography also offers a Geography Minor, the Geography Major Modified, Major Modification with Geography, an Urban Studies Minor, and a Climate Change Science Minor. 

Geography Honors Program

Students apply to the honors thesis program by submitting a formal letter of application and a preliminary proposal to the department in the Junior Year Spring Term. The department offers preliminary acceptance to the honors program based on these documents and an assessment of major and overall GPA.  Proposals and research plans are developed further in Geography 90 during Senior Year Fall Term, with research occurring anytime Junior Year Summer Term to Senior Year Winter Term.  Thesis public presentation and defense occurs in Senior Year May, with the final draft due shortly after the defense.

Read more about the senior Honors thesis program.