Human Geography

Human geography is the study of the spatial organization of human activity and human interaction with the physical environment. The Human Geography concentration 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).

Professional Opportunities

Graduating 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 do graduate studies in fields such as business administration, transportation planning, and the law.


A concentration in Human Geography may follow either of two tracks: the general track, which provides a broad range of studies in the geography of human activities, or the economic geography track, which is more focused on the geography of economic processes.

General Track

A general track concentration in Human Geography requires completion of 11 courses with a grade of C or better in each course.

Principal Courses

A core of three geography courses is required:

  • GE 102 or GE 103 (students are advised to take both)
  • One of GE 100 OR GE 101 OR GE 104
  • GE 365

Required Related Courses

The statistics requirement may be met with:

  • MA 213 OR EC 305

The calculus requirement may be met with:

  • MA 121 OR MA 122 OR MA 123 OR MA 124 OR MA 127 OR MA 129
  • OR a grade of at least “3” on AB calculus Advanced Placement examination

Additional Courses

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

  • GE 102, GE 103
  • GE 201, GE 202, GE 250, GE 275
  • GE 300, GE 304, GE 312, GE 323, GE 328, GE 331, GE 356, GE 381, GE 382, GE 395
  • GE 505, GE 511, GE 518, GE 531, GE 541, GE 542, GE 550

Economic Geography Track

Same requirements as the general track, except:

  • GE 103 is required
  • Either EC 101 or EC 111 is required AND either EC 102 OR EC 112 is recommended
  • The six additional courses are selected from the following list. At least two must be at the 400 or 500 level:
    • GE 300, GE 323, GE 328, GE 356, GE 395, EC 320, EC 356, EC 377 (Please note: EC 320 and EC 377 require both EC 101/111 and EC 102/112 as prerequisites.)
    • GE 491, GE 492
    • GE 505, GE 511, GE 518, GE 541, GE 542