Geography Minor


What is Geography ?

Geography studies the connections between people, places, and environments. Our Geography minor gives students a sound foundation in geography as a research-oriented and policy-related field of study. The minor also offers students the opportunity to acquire a variety of techniques and skills necessary to understand the spatial dimension of human changes in the physical earth, and to identify and analyze urban problems.

Why earn a minor in Geography?

Geography as a discipline prepares students for a wide variety of employment opportunities in the public and private sectors, including careers in the fields of planning, transportation, real estate and industrial development, publishing, banking, marketing, and resource management.

Minor Requirements

Students from other disciplines who want to minor in Geography must complete 18–21 semester hours as outlined below.

Required Courses—Geography Minor (hours):
  • GEOG 100—Concepts in Geography (3)
  • One additional 100-level course (3)
One regional, urban, or topics course from the following:
  • GEOG 101—World Regional Geography (3)
  • GEOG 202—Geography of the United States and Canada (3)
  • GEOG 207/ANTH 227/LALS 258—Ancient Civilizations of Mexico and Central America (3)
  • GEOG 207/ANTH 227/LALS 258—Ancient Civilizations of Mexico and Central America (3)
  • GEOG/ANTH 273—Ethnography of Southeast Asia (3)
  • GEOG 401—Topics in Regional Geography (3)
  • ANTH 228—Ancient Civilizations of South America (3)
  • ANTH 274—Ethnography of Africa (3)
  • ANTH 277—Ethnography of Mesoamerica (3)
  • GEOG 211—Chicago: An Urban Geography (3)
  • GEOG 215—A Global Geography of Cities (3)
  • GEOG 141—Environmental Geography (3)
  • GEOG 151—Introduction to Cultural Geography (3)
  • GEOG 161—Introduction to Economic Geography (3)
  • GEOG 241—Resource Problems in the United States (3)
  • GEOG 432/ANTH 421—Geomorphology and Archaeology (3)
One methods course from the following:
  • GEOG 175—The Making of Maps (4)
  • GEOG/ANTH 386—Elements of Spatial Analysis (3)
  • GEOG/ANTH 425—Field Techniques in Archaeology (4)
  • GEOG/ANTH 426—Laboratory Techniques in Archaeology (4)
  • GEOG 475—Thematic Cartography (4)
  • GEOG/ANTH 477—Remote Sensing of the Environment (4)
  • GEOG/ANTH 481—Geographic Information Systems I (4)
  • GEOG/ANTH 482—Geographic Information Systems II (4)
  • GEOG/ANTH 483—Geographic Information Systems III (4)
  • GEOG 484—Qualitative Methods in Geographic Research (3)
  • GEOG 486—Analysis of Geographic Patterns (4)
  • GEOG/ANTH 496—Internship (3)
At least two additional courses at the 300- or 400-level

Total Hours (18-21) —Geography Minor

For additional information, see the Undergraduate Course Catalog.

Students who are interested in a minor in geography should contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies.