Geography for Political Science Majors

A minor or second major in geography will enhance your employment potential by equipping you with knowledge of ethnic, socio-economic, and urban patterns and with skills in geographic information systems (GIS). These GIS courses provide students with expertise in a nationally recognized "Top 20" growth industry. Paid internship opportunities are also available in this area.

Recommended Courses:

  • GEO 101: World Human Geography
  • GEO 102: Globalization and Development
  • GEO 104: Geomorphology
  • GEO 200: American Ethnic Geography
  • GEO 210: Current Themes in Geography
  • GEO 215: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
  • GEO 220: Cartography
  • GEO 274: North American Indian on Film
  • GEO 301: Regional Geographies of the World
  • GEO 320: Urban Geography
  • GEO 321: Urban and Regional Planning
  • GEO 361: Research Design
  • GEO 415: Advanced Geographic Information Systems
  • GEO 470: Political Geography
  • GEO 474: Historical Geography of the United States
  • GEO 486: Internship in Geography
  • GEO 490: Selected Topics in Geography (International Ethnic Conflicts)
  • GEO 495: Independent Study

Field Study locations include:

  • Indian Mound Sites of the American South
  • Ethnic Chicago: A Cultural and Social Geography of the City

Internship opportunities available at:

  • urban and regional planning agencies
  • national parks and monuments
  • GIS and cartography firms
  • Library of Congress
  • American Indian Reservations
  • U.S. Census Bureau

For information on careers in geography and on internships, visit the home page of the Association of American Geographers (AAG) and follow the Careers link.