Majors and Minors


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 geographic thought.  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, a Geography Major Modified, Major Modification with Geography, an Urban Studies Minor, and a Climate Change Science Minor. 

More information on what our amazing geography majors do after Dartmouth can be found on our Careers page and in the collection of Alumni Stories.


By the time of graduation, Dartmouth Geography Majors should be able to:

○ Understand and articulate the core themes and processes of geography, including space, place, location, and scale.

○ Apply geographic methods of data collection and analysis.

○ Understand the breadth of the field of geography in terms of its cultural-social, physical, nature-society, and geospatial approaches.

○ Gain in-depth knowledge in one of the discipline's major sub-fields through coursework, independent study, or Honors thesis research.

○ Effectively communicate geographical knowledge through a variety of formats (e.g., written, oral, and geovisualization).

○ Critically assess how geographical theories, methodologies, and analysis are applied to specific social and/or biophysical phenomena.

○​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ Apply their learning in ways attentive to social justice and environmental flourishing, and have a sense of their own individual and collective abilities to work towards positive social and environmental wellbeing.

Planning and Advising

Students looking to declare a major or minor should start with reviewing DartWorks

Worksheets are provided below to guide you through the process, and there are descriptions of all Geography majors and minors in the Organization, Regulations, and Courses Catalog:  

A list of future courses to help you plan can be found here:

Culminating Experience

Geography 90: Research in Geography is our culminating experience, aimed at senior majors who have completed the prerequisites (minimally) and have had a number of other geography courses. Juniors may also take G90 if they have met the prerequisites. The focal point of the course is the study of research in Geography centered on a particular topic. Students who have been accepted into the honors program also use G90 to develop their research proposals.

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.