first glance, you might think geography has little to do with your
day-to-day life and even less to do with your career. You might think
that studying geography is nothing more than memorizing state capitals
or learning to plot points on a map. But geography is much more than
that. While historians study events through time, geographers study
where and why. The keys are location and interaction across horizontal
space. Maps are crucial for showing geographic information. Another
focus of geography is the relationship between human beings and their
environment. The truth is that may be one of the most useful subjects
offered in any school.
The world is changing rapidly. Where people
once focused on their neighborhood, their town, their country, they are
now adopting a more global perspective. They are learning that the
earth’s resources are not limitless and that the impact of human beings
on the environment is far greater than had been anticipated as little as
a decade ago.
In its 1988 publication Geography: Making
Sense of Where We Are, the National Geographic Society Society makes the
Geography for its own sake offers a
fascinating realm of knowledge that can enrich our lives. Conversely, a
lack of geographic understanding can diminish us as individuals, blunt
the success of our international economic and political ventures, and
dilute our strength as a nation.
(Source: Careers in Geography, National Geographic Society, 1996.)
The Geography Major consists of a minimum of
40 credits and must include one of the three options listed below. Each
option integrates course offerings from several departments. A common
core of introductory courses is required of all majors as a foundation
for more specialized work in a particular option.