geography

Learning geography typically focuses on interconnections—between human beings and the natural environment, past and present, domestic and foreign realms, and rural and urban areas—all at the different scales of our existence (from local to regional, national, and global).

In geography-rich interdisciplinary programs, you'll learn about local places and the larger world humans inhabit, how they define their homelands, how they engage in conflict and cooperation with each other, and how they migrate. You’ll have opportunities to study scholarly and imaginative works, develop skills in writing and research, and conduct policy research, fieldwork, and mapping.

How to Choose Your Path

You’ll choose what you study to earn a Bachelor’s degree that’s meaningful to you. Some students decide their programs as they go, while others chart their course in advance.

Aim for both breadth and depth; explore fields that may be related or that may seem very distant. You'll be surprised at what you discover.

If you're new to college, look for programs where you can gain a foundation, build key skills, and broaden your knowledge (FR only, FR-SO, or FR-SR).

If you already have a foundation in this field, look for programs with intermediate or advanced material (SO-SR, JR-SR, or FR-SR). These programs may include community-based learning and in-depth research. Some of these programs have specific prerequisites; check the description for details.

Talk to an academic advisor to get help figuring out what coursework is best for you.

Planned offerings for 2017–18
Class Standing Quarters Offered Credits
Advanced Research in Environmental Studies JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
0
Andean Roots: Linguistics and Ecological Agriculture SO-SR
  • Fall
12, 16
Andean Roots: Linguistics and Ecological Agriculture in Peru SO-SR
  • Winter
16
Aotearoa New Zealand: Native Decolonization in the Pacific Rim SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Climate and Ecosystem Change in the Anthropocene FR-SO
  • Winter
16
Climate and Ecosystem Change in the Anthropocene FR-SR
  • Spring
16
Conserving Wildlife JR-SR
  • Fall
16
Countertextual Ecologies: Eco-Music FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Countertextual Ecologies: Eco-Poetics FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Countertextual Ecologies: Gastropoetics FR-SR
  • Fall
16
Countertextual Ecologies: Political Ecology FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Counting on Soils: Precalculus and Soil Sciences FR-SR
  • Spring
16
Foundational Skills in Desktop Geographic Information Systems (GIS) FR-GR
  • Summer
4
Foundational Skills in Web-Based Geographic Information Systems (GIS) FR-GR
  • Summer
4
Mapping for Change FR-SR
  • Fall
4
Mapping for Change (A) FR-SR
  • Winter
4
Mapping for Change (B) FR-SR
  • Winter
4
Viking Economics: Learning from Scandinavia FR-SR
  • Spring
8
Where Are You? Introduction to Geography and Geographical Awareness FR-SR
  • Spring
16
Planned offerings for 2018–19
Class Standing Quarters Offered Credits
A People's Geography of American Empire SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Advanced Research in Environmental Studies JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
0
Ecological Agriculture: The Science, Justice, and Policy of Food Systems SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Living With Climate Change SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
8
Political Ecology of Land: Urban Planning, Property Rights, and Land Stewardship JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Political Economy and Environmental and Social Movements: Race, Class, and Gender SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16