Why minor in Geography?
The Geography minor is designed for students who wish to better understand the relationship between environment and society. Students have the opportunity to explore the physical, cultural, economic, political, and social patterns associated with the human development, occupancy, organization, perception, and use of the environment. Our inquiries encompass a wide range of topics from urban environments, cultural landscapes, to mapping and analyzing geographical phenomenon.
The undergraduate minor in geography complements many other programs in the university such as Business, Environmental Science, Geology, History, International Studies, Political Science, Sociology, and Criminal Justice. Geography provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to explain the spatial organization of society including; why some places are more or less developed than others, and ways in which development and planning can take place.
Geography is interdisciplinary and employers look for geographers with holistic problem-solving skills. Geographers, unlike other disciplines, study human society and the physical environment and they are valued employees because we are trained to understand the complexity and interconnections between society and the environment. Employers seek geographically trained employees for their analytical problem-solving abilities.
This minor is intended to provide students with the background needed to incorporate the sustainability principles into their major field of study and their subsequent careers. Students interested in a minor in sustainability should meet with the Director of Environmental Studies to develop a plan of study.