Geography

Disciplinary Minor

Associate Professors Marcelo Cruz, Laurel Phoenix (chair)
Assistant Professor
Adam Parrillo

Geography is the systematic study of the location, variation and interrelations of natural and cultural features of the earth. Its study exemplifies the University’s mission to emphasize interdisciplinary, problem-focused education because Geography examines the world and its problems with a view to comprehensive understanding and critical thinking.

Geography students gain a broad education encompassing the sciences and the liberal arts.

Geography offers technical training for students who wish to work as professional geographers in government or industry, and provides background for advanced work in business, economics, history, planning, political science, the humanities, or in the biological and earth sciences, depending upon a student’s individual needs. Students who want preparation to teach should seek advice early from advisers in Geography and Education to make sure they complete all requirements.

Geography minors combine their studies with an interdisciplinary major. Depending on their career goals, students might effectively combine Geography with programs in Business Administration, Environmental Policy and Planning, Urban and Regional Studies, Human Development, Democracy and Justice Studies, or Humanistic Studies.

Students in Geography can expect to become acquainted with current technology in the field through courses introducing them to the concepts and uses of geographic information systems (GIS). In addition, students develop spatial analytical skills that are applied to problem solving projects. In this light, students are encouraged to gain practical experience through internships with local agencies and organizations in the region and through practical course projects.

Students are also encouraged to take advantage of the opportunities offered in the two travel courses offered under Urban and Regional Studies that will satisfy the Geography minor. Students apply what they learn in the classroom to the international experience. Geography minors study urban and regional issues in Ecuador, South America and Switzerland in Central Europe.

Students seeking information on teacher certification should contact the Education Office.