Department Head: Dr. Bob Willoughby
Advising Coordinator: Debbie Findlay
College Website: College of Communication, Languages, Arts, and Social Sciences
The Geography minor provides a student the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of our increasingly globalized world. Geographers study space and place to understand why things are located where they are, how they got to be there and what impact they have by being located where they are. The answers lie in analyzing the physical, social, cultural, historical and economic processes at work at any specific location on the surface of the earth. In short, geographers are interested in identifying and explaining how natural processes and human activities shape our world. Therefore, a minor in geography provides additional context and depth to many of the issues that are central to a student’s major area of study.
Why should you choose to minor in Geography?
A geographic perspective is an invaluable skill for students majoring in disciplines such as business, organizational leadership, political science, history and criminal justice.
All levels of government hire geographers. They may work for local and state offices in economic development, planning and transportation. Many geographers at the federal level work for the Central Intelligence Agency, the State Department, the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. National Park Service and the U.S. National Forest Service.
Private sector firms also hire geographers to conduct marketing and growth studies, plan transportation routes, understand international markets and assess environmental risks. Geographers work in such areas as telecommunications, real estate, retail, tourism and travel.
Websites for Career Research
(The student self-registration Access Code is: numa.)
Undergraduate Research Opportunities
Present a paper or poster at the Southwest Region of the Association of American Geographers’ annual conference.