Minor in Geography

Geography studies the connections among people, places, and environments. The minor gives students a sound foundation in geography as a research-oriented and policy-related field of study. The minor also offers students the opportunity to acquire a variety of techniques and skills necessary to understand the spatial dimension of human changes in the physical earth, and to identify and analyze urban problems.

Geography as a discipline prepares students for a wide variety of employment opportunities in the public and private sectors, including careers in the fields of planning, transportation, real estate and industrial development, publishing, banking, marketing, and resource management.

Students planning to declare a minor in Geography should consult the director of undergraduate studies in geography or a department academic advisor.

Minor Requirements

Students from other disciplines who want to minor in Geography must complete 18–21 semester hours as outlined below.

Required Courses
GEOG 100Concepts in Geography3
One additional 100-level course3
Select one of the following regional, urban, or topics courses:3
World Regional Geography
Geography of the United States and Canada
Ancient Civilizations of Mexico and Central America
Ethnography of Southeast Asia
Topics in Regional Geography
Ethnography of Meso-America
Chicago: An Urban Geography
A Global Geography of Cities
Environmental Geography
Introduction to Cultural Geography
Introduction to Economic Geography
Resource Problems in the United States
Topics in Resource Management and Policy
Seminar in Cultural Ecology
Quantitative Methods
Geographic Modeling of Transportation Systems
Select one of the following methods courses:3-4
The Making of Maps
Elements of Spatial Analysis
Field Techniques in Archaeology
Laboratory Techniques in Archaeology
Thematic Cartography
Remote Sensing of the Environment
Geographic Information Systems I
Geographic Information Systems II
Geographic Information Systems III
Qualitative Methods in Geographic Research
Analysis of Geographic Patterns
At least two courses at the 300- or 400-level6-8
Total Hours18-21