Geography is a broad and exciting subject that allows students to learn a variety of critical and technical skills and ways to understand the spaces of our world. Geography majors at Rutgers approach spatial phenomena by specializing in one of three tracks: (1) Global Culture, Economics, and Society; (2) Environment; or (3) Geographical Techniques. Because it is such a diverse field representing multiple interests, a degree in Geography at Rutgers prepares undergraduates for work in many different directions depending on the ways students tailor their focus within the three tracks. Graduates of our program have continued on in careers with environmental agencies, government service, regional and city planning, international humanitarian aid, private sector business, and have pursued graduate degrees in Geography and related fields. Geography is a subject that will deepen your knowledge about the spatial dimensions of life on Earth, through looking at the climate and the physical landscape, the human relationship to environmental concerns, as well as global social, political, and economic systems.
Global Culture, Economics, and Society Track
Classes within this track are primarily focused on human geography, and address topics such as global political systems, dynamics of race, gender, and other aspects of identity, international development, urbanization, international economic networks, and regional geographies such as in The Caribbean, Africa, Eastern Europe, or Latin America.
Classes in the Environment track cover a range of environmental topics from both human and physical geography. Students who choose this track will gain specialized knowledge about environmental hazards and disasters, the dynamics of global climate change, the Earth’s physical geography, and different human responses to global environmental issues.
Students who focus on the Geographical Techniques track will be developing their expertise by using spatial data to create maps and other visual tools. Classes in the Geographical Techniques track focus on cartography, the use of remote sensing data, GIS (Geographic Information Systems), spatial data analysis, as well as how we can critically understand maps and the power that they hold.
A minimum of 18 credits are required.
- 6 credits from 450:101 (Earth Systems), 450:102 (Transforming the Global Environment), and/or 450:103 (Human Geography: Space, Place, and Location)
- 9 credits from the track of specialization
- 3 credits from one of the other tracks
No more than 3 credits earned at 100- or 200-level courses may be used to satisfy the 9 + 3 credit track specialization
No more than one course with a grade of D may be used in the Geography major.
Depending on the content of the course, Internship Geography (485 and 486), Geographic Problems (491 and 492), Geography honors thesis (495 and 496) may be applied to any track at the discretion of the undergraduate director