About the geography major

Geography is the study of spatial patterns and processes associated with phenomena in both the natural world and the world of human affairs. While studying this major, you'll learn about topics such as the spread of disease, the sprawl of cities, the distribution of plants and animals, and the diffusion of culture and ideas based on spatial components.

As a geographer, you'll learn methods of natural sciences, social sciences, and even the arts. You'll also learn about tools to understand the fundamentals of place, including maps, satellite images, interviews, and field work. 

Studies and abilities this major develops: analytical skills, communication, critical thinking, writing, and research (IU School of Liberal Arts, 2018).

Quick facts

Sample coursework

  • Cartography and graphics
  • Environmental geography
  • Geography of wine
  • Human geography
  • Medical geography
  • Research methods in geography
  • Urban geography

Possible careers

  • Cartographer
  • Environmental consultant
  • Geographical information systems officer
  • Landscape architect*
  • Surveyor
  • Urban or regional planner*

*These careers require additional training or education.

Where could I work?

  • City of Indianapolis 
  • Department of Environmental Management
  • Information technology
  • Public health
  • State of Indiana
  • Urban planning

Arts, Humanities, and Human Services Cluster

This major is part of the Arts, Humanities, and Human Services (AHHS) cluster. The AHHS cluster is the academic home of University College students pursuing majors in art and design, education, general studies, journalism, liberal arts, and social work. The AHHS cluster partners with students on their academic advising and career plans to guide them into their degree-granting schools. 

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