​Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

Learn about the spatial organization of social life, environment and society, and the natural environment, with a focus on critical theory, practical application, and engaged analysis.

The geography curriculum spans the social and natural sciences and includes GIS, remote sensing, and other technologies for analyzing spatial processes.

The degree program is structured to allow geography students to combine majors and minors in other fields, preparing graduates for careers in environmental analysis and resource management; urban and regional development; international relations; conflict resolution; public service and more.

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Sample Courses

Core coursework focuses on the environmental, human, and physical dynamics of the world around us. Sample courses include:

  • World Cultures
  • The Geography of Climate and Weather
  • Geographies of Environmental Justice
  • Gender in a Globalizing World
  • Political Geography
  • Environmental GIS 

Practical Experience

Take part in real-world learning opportunities that will enhance your experience.

  • Get hands-on experience as an intern at leading environmental and urban planning firms and in our Community Geography program.
  • Organize geography-related events such as films and outings as a member of the Geography Club.
  • Conduct your own research with Geography faculty or through an undergraduate thesis.
  • Supplement your learning and networking experiences as a Renée Crown University Honors student.

Study Abroad

Consistently ranked among the top international education providers in the U.S., SU Abroad is a storied part of the SU experience. With over 100 programs in 60 countries, nearly half of all students go abroad during their four years. Geography students have studied abroad in Santiago, Florence, and Istanbul.

Life After Syracuse University

With a degree in geography you can explore careers such as:

  • Environmental consulting or advocacy
  • Policy consultant
  • GIS specialist or surveyor
  • Urban and regional planners
  • Community organizer

Or, earn a graduate level degree in the areas of economics, anthropology, and sociology, among others.