BA in Geography with a Specialization in Human Geography

Human geography is the study of the spatial organization of human activity and human interaction with the physical environment. The Human Geography major can follow one of two tracks: the general track combines courses in economic, political, and cultural geography; the more focused economic geography track emphasizes spatial patterns of production, consumption, distribution, and communication in the regional and global economies. Both tracks stress the application of analytical methods, including Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Human Geography students may find employment in urban and regional planning departments; consulting firms specializing in transportation, industrial location, and retail site planning; and state and federal agencies with responsibilities for social services, economic development, and infrastructure policy. Human geography also provides an excellent background for students planning to complete graduate studies in fields such as business administration, transportation planning, and the law.

Requirements

General Track

A general track major in human geography requires completion of 11 courses with a grade of C or better in each course. Unless otherwise noted, all required courses are 4 credit hours.

Courses

A core of three geography courses is required, chosen from:

  • CAS GE 100
  • CAS GE 101
  • CAS GE 104
  • CAS GE 365
  • or other courses approved by the advisor

Required Related Courses

  • The statistics requirement may be met with CAS MA 213 or CAS EC 203
  • The calculus requirement may be met with CAS MA 121, 122, 123, 124, 127, 129, or a score of at least 4 on the AB calculus Advanced Placement examination.

Additional Courses

Six additional geography courses are selected from the following list. No more than one may be below the 300 level, and at least two must be at the 400 or 500 level:

  • CAS GE 201
  • CAS GE 250
  • CAS GE 356
  • CAS GE 375
  • CAS GE 382
  • CAS GE 491
  • CAS GE 492
  • CAS GE 505
  • CAS GE 512
  • CAS GE 519
  • CAS GE 550
  • CAS GE 597
  • CAS IR 373

Economic Geography Track

An economic geography track major in human geography requires completion of 12 courses with a grade of C or better in each course. Unless otherwise noted, all required courses are 4 credit hours.

Courses

A core of three geography courses is required, chosen from:

  • CAS GE 100
  • CAS GE 101
  • CAS GE 104
  • CAS GE 365
  • or other courses approved by the advisor

Required Related Courses

  • All students in the economic geography track are required to take CAS EC 101 and are advised to take CAS EC 102
  • The statistics requirement may be met with CAS MA 213 or CAS EC 203
  • The calculus requirement may be met with CAS MA 121, 122, 123, 124, 127, 129, or a score of at least 4 on the AB calculus Advanced Placement examination

Additional Courses

Six additional courses are selected from the following list. At least two must be at the 400 or 500 level:

  • CAS GE 356
  • CAS GE 491
  • CAS GE 492
  • CAS GE 505
  • CAS GE 519
  • CAS GE 533
  • CAS EC 320
  • CAS EC 356
  • CAS EC 377

(Note: CAS EC 320 and EC 377 require both EC 101 and EC 102 as prerequisites.)