The Geography Major and Minor

Geography is an integrated discipline that studies the relationships between people, places, society, and the environment. Mount Holyoke College geography majors and minors learn about the impacts of social, economic, environmental, and political processes that shape spaces and places, the science of earth systems, the human dimensions of global environmental and climate change, and the use of geographic information science (GIS) and remote sensing techniques to represent and analyze data and knowledge at different spatial scales.

The Geography Major

The geography major is intended to provide students with an understanding of the world around them in its physical, spatial, and human dimensions. Central to the discipline is the study of interactions of humans and environmental systems. Specific topics emphasized in the curriculum include the physical environment, urban and political geography, resource conflict, socioeconomic development, and techniques in geographic data analysis (computer mapping, satellite image analysis, and geographic information systems).

The major requires a minimum of 36 credits, including Geography 105, World Regional Geography, and Geography 107, Introduction to the Physical Environment or Geography 108, Introduction to the Physical Environment with lab, and additional thematic and regional courses at the 200 and 300 levels. 

The Geography Minor

The minor requires a minimum of 20 credits, including Geography 105, World Regional Geography, 3 courses at the 200-level and 1 course at the 300-level.

For detailed information on requirements for the major and minor, see the Geography chapter of the course catalog.