Q: What courses should I take to see if I’m really interested in geography?
A good place to start is one of several 00- and 100-level courses in geography that have been designated as core courses. Geography majors take four of these core courses which are designed to highlight core geographic concepts and ways of creating knowledge that will help build a framework for understanding the world as a geographer. Core courses must be selected from one of the following core areas of geographic knowledge:
  1. Nature and Society: Analyzes the ways that human societies have used, shaped and constructed nature; impacts of societies, economics and cultures on ecological systems; and societal and environmental consequences of the interaction.
  2. Globalization, Cities and Development: Examines the ways that space and location shape economic, sociopolitical and cultural life; ways that economic, sociopolitical and cultural factors shape space and location; relationships between these processes and the dynamics of urban life.
  3. Earth System Science:Examines how earth systems (ecosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and lithosphere) naturally function, how these systems interact with one another, and how they are affected by human activities.
  4. Geographic Information Science: Examines the acquisition, analysis and communication of geographic information; principles and techniques important in cartography, remote sensing, geographic information systems, and spatial analysis
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Q: What courses should I avoid in my first year?
Students should avoid taking any 200 level courses in the department until they have taken the introductory courses.
Q: What should I do if I think I might want to major in geography?
Visit on the web! where you will find handbooks, a full list of courses, as well as information about student and faculty research. Or stop by the main office of the Geography Department located in the Jefferson Academic Building, Jefferson 220 B (Tel: 508-793-7336).
Q: How do I get an advisor in geography?
Once you decide to major in geography, we will make sure to put you in contact with the appropriate faculty member to advise you in the department. But First, you'll want to contact, Rachel Levitt, the Undergraduate Program Assistant in Jefferson Academic Center 220B for your copy of the Guide to the Major and to receive faculty contact information.
Q: Who can I contact this summer for more information?
For questions about the Geography major or the Global Environmental Studies major contact Rachel Levitt, the Undergraduate Program Assistant.