In the Geography major, you’ll learn and experience social, spatial and environmental processes in human and natural systems, with a focus on critical theory, practical application, analysis and interventions. The Geography curriculum spans the social and natural sciences, and includes cartography and other technologies for analyzing spatial information.

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

Sample Courses

Core coursework works around environmental studies, world cultures, and natural human geographies. Sample courses include

  • Hazardous Geographic Environments
  • The Geography of Climate and Weather
  • Geographies of Environmental Justice
  • Gender in a Globalizing World
  • Political Geography
  • Cartographic Design

Practical Experience

Geography students are encouraged to enjoy a number of real-world learning opportunities that will bolster and enhance their experience.

  • Organize geography-related events such as films and outings as a member of the geography Club
  • Become a member of Gamma Theta Upsilon (GTU) — an international honor society in the geography field
  • Supplement your learning and networking experiences as a Renée Crowne University Honors student
  • Get hands-on experience as an intern at leading environmental and urban planning firms

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 gone abroad in Santiago, Florence, and Istanbul.

Life after Syracuse University

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

  • Civil Engineers
  • Geographers
  • Geographic Specialists
  • Urban and Regional Planners
  • Geography Professor

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

Learn more about Geography.