Geography is an interdisciplinary field of study that emphasizes a spatial approach to understanding human & physical systems and the natural world. In a nutshell, Geography is interested in “What is where, and why?” The study of nearly anything in the world can benefit from a geographic perspective, which is what makes Geography an excellent choice for a Minor program of study.
The Geography Minor will provide students with practical knowledge and practical skills that are useful in many other major and minor programs, including Business, Education, Environmental Sciences, History, International Studies, Natural Sciences, World Languages and Cultures, Sociology, Tourism, and more. Furthermore, it can help a student into entry level positions for careers that are not currently Major Programs at PennWest, for example Urban and Regional Planning or Sustainable Development. Students of Geography find careers in all sectors of the economy, from local-to-federal government, business, industry, and with local-to-international non-profit organizations.
All students completing the Geography Minor must take three required introductory geography courses and an additional nine credit hours of geography elective courses from prefixes GEOG or GGIS. It is permissible to substitute a Language and Culture course for three of the Geography Electives credits.