Dec 11, 2018  
Catalogue 2018-2019 
Catalogue 2018-2019

Geography Major

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Faculty: See Earth Science and Geography Department 

Requirements for Concentration:

11 units, including an introductory course (ESCI 100  or GEOG 102 ); a geographic methods course (GEOG 220 , GEOG 224 , or GEOG 230 ); and three 300-level Geography units, including the mandatory Senior Seminar (GEOG 304 ) and, optionally, a thesis. With the approval of the major adviser, two of the required 11 units may be taken at the 200- and 300-levels in cognate fields-such as anthropology, earth science, environmental studies, international studies, or urban studies, if the courses relate to the student’s focus in geography. After declaration of the major, no required courses may be taken NRO. Students must write a senior thesis to be considered for departmental honors.

Senior-Year Requirement:

An optional senior thesis (GEOG 300 -GEOG 301  or GEOG 302 ) or another 300-level geography course; and GEOG 304  (Senior Seminar). Majors must write a senior thesis to be considered for departmental honors.


GEOG 290 - Field Work  ESCI 151 - Earth, Environment, and Humanity ; and a study-abroad experience.

The following core courses are highly recommended as they represent the key areas of geographical theory: GEOG 250 - Urban Geography: Space, Place, Environment ;GEOG 256 - Geographies of Food and Farming GEOG 266 - Population, Environment, and Sustainable Development GEOG 274 - The Political Geography of Human Rights GEOG 276 - Economic Geography: Spaces of Global Capitalism .

Students are also advised to take at least one regional or area-studies course, such as GEOG 236 - The Making of Modern East Asia: Empires and Transnational Interactions ; GEOG 238 - Environmental China: Nature, Culture, and Development ; GEOG 242 - Brazil in Crisis: Continuity and Change in Portuguese America ; GEOG 252 - Cities of the Global South: Urbanization and Social Change in the Developing World  ; GEOG 260 - Conservation of Natural Resources .

Students interested in focusing their geography program in areas such as social justice, political ecology, land-use planning, sustainable development, political economies of globalization, or historic preservation should see faculty in the department to discuss recommended course sequences in geography and related disciplines.

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