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Bachelor of Arts in Geography

How do we shape the physical world around us through our interactions with the environment? Geography at the University of St. Thomas asks you to examine the world around you from varied perspectives.

Why Study Geography at St. Thomas?

Our interdisciplinary approach to geography means you utilize knowledge from the physical and social sciences, as well as the humanities, throughout your time at St. Thomas. We promote collaborative research between students and faculty, internships, student research grants and service learning. You graduate with strong problem solving, critical thinking, data analysis, communication and collaboration skills, making you a versatile employee for any industry. Our graduates are working in multiple sectors including government, private business and education.

See the World From a New Lens

  • Course Requirements
  • Four-Year Plan
  • Degrees Awarded
  • Internships and Research
  • You start by taking human geography, exploring several different effects on the world from a geographic perspective. You then complete coursework focusing on how globalization influences the unique character and culture of other countries. You supplement your geography knowledge with classes in geology, remote sensing and global health. It culminates with a capstone research project with a local community organization.
    We recommend connecting with a member of our faculty to plan your career at St. Thomas since geography is an interdisciplinary and flexible program.
    • Bachelor of Arts in Geography
    • Minor in Geography
    All students work closely on real-world projects with community partners, such as the Nature Conservancy, Great River Greening and the Parks and Trails Council of Minnesota. Many of our students also complete internships to gain practical experience. Past internships have been with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Brightside Produce, St. Paul Regional Water Service and Three Rivers Park District.

    Course Requirements

    You start by taking human geography, exploring several different effects on the world from a geographic perspective. You then complete coursework focusing on how globalization influences the unique character and culture of other countries. You supplement your geography knowledge with classes in geology, remote sensing and global health. It culminates with a capstone research project with a local community organization.

    Four-Year Plan

    We recommend connecting with a member of our faculty to plan your career at St. Thomas since geography is an interdisciplinary and flexible program.

    Degrees Awarded

    • Bachelor of Arts in Geography
    • Minor in Geography

    Internships and Research

    All students work closely on real-world projects with community partners, such as the Nature Conservancy, Great River Greening and the Parks and Trails Council of Minnesota. Many of our students also complete internships to gain practical experience. Past internships have been with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Brightside Produce, St. Paul Regional Water Service and Three Rivers Park District.
    Students smile as they work on a group project in a classroom.

    Career Paths

    We give you the tools you need to succeed in a variety of careers and industries. Here are a few potential paths you can go down with a degree in geography.

    • Professor
    • County Planner
    • GIS Consultant
    • Military Intelligence Officer
    • Director of Market Analysis
    • Transportation Planner

    In-Depth Knowledge. Practical Experiences.

    You have access to numerous opportunities for mentorship, research and more inside and outside of the classroom with our program.

    Over 90

    We have had over 90 research presentations in the last five years at academic conferences.

    Grants

    Students have earned multiple grants over the last few years, including two Sustainability Scholars Grants and two McNair Scholars Awards.

    Collaborative Research

    We promote research projects to all students in our program, and faculty are always eager to get you involved with what they are studying.

    Vast Knowledge. Versatile Skills.

    The interdisciplinary nature of our program will develop your knowledge and skills in various fields. 
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    Where You Want To Be

    Geography students blend the natural and social sciences, along with the humanities, to better understand how humans shape the physical world through their interactions with the environment. They gain a versatile skill set that is applicable to any industry.