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Geography B.A.

The geography undergraduate program addresses urban dynamics around the world, environmental issues in the present and the past, environmental science, cultural politics, globalization and more.
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About this Program

Through engaging coursework, you can learn to:

  • Recognize global, political and economic patterns and relationships.
  • Understand similarities and differences across cultures and institutions.
  • Use research tools, analytical techniques and presentation skills to explain and interpret contemporary issues relevant in the field of geography.

Students have the option to join the Environment and Sustainability Living Learning Community.

Program Information

Degree Type






College or School

Career Path

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Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs is Syracuse University’s home for innovative, interdisciplinary teaching and research in the social sciences, public policy, public administration and international relations. It includes America’s No. 1 ranked graduate program in public affairs, offering highly regarded professional degrees alongside advanced scholarly degrees in the social sciences. It’s also home to undergraduate programs across the full spectrum of social sciences.
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Core requirements for the major include at least 30 credit hours of geography courses, and it pairs well with a number of second degree options for students interested in other areas of the social sciences, communications, engineering and more.

  • Three required introductory courses
  • One advanced techniques course
  • Six advanced courses from one of five tracks

Geography majors are strongly encouraged to take their upper-division electives within one of five tracks:

  • Physical Geography and Landscape Dynamics
  • Environment and Society
  • Globalization, Development and Citizenship
  • Urban Space, Justice and Culture
  • Geographic Information Sciences and Geospatial Technology

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