Geography is an integrated discipline that studies the relationships between people, places, societies, and the environments. 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. All courses are designed to contribute in various ways to the College's Learning Goals and the Geography Department's Learning Goals. The requirements are below and please see the Geography chapter of the course catalog for more detailed requirements.
The major requires a minimum of 36 credits. There are three required courses: Geography 105: World Regional Geography; Geography 107: Introduction to the Physical Environment; and Geography 205: Mapping and Spatial Analysis OR Geography 210: GIS for the Social Sciences. Students also need to complete four 200-level thematic and regional courses and two 300-level seminars
The minor requires a minimum of 20 credits, including Geography 105: World Regional Geography, three 200-level thematic and regional courses, and one 300-level course.
Development Studies Nexus
Explore the relationship among history, politics, economics, and power that shape the world. The Development Studies Nexus track gives you the analytical skills to understand the complexities of global poverty, inequality, and injustice and strategies that state and non-state actors have used to improve the well-being of the people.
Joint BA/MA Program in Geneva
Eligible students have an opportunity to complete a BA at Mount Holyoke and an MA from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in five years, instead of the usual six years.
Participating Mount Holyoke students will spend the fall semester of their senior year at the Graduate Institute in Geneva participating there in the first semester of the MA program. They will return to Mount Holyoke for the spring semester of their senior year and for graduation and then go back to the Graduate Institute for their fifth year of study to complete their Master’s degree.
Deadlines for filing an application to Mount Holyoke are the February prior to the senior year. Please see the Joint BA/MA webpage on the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives website for more information
Five College African Studies Certificate
The Five College Certificate in African Studies offers students an opportunity to pursue an interest in African studies as a complement to any academic major. Drawing on the expertise and courses offered by more than 50 faculty members across the five campuses, students pursuing the Five College African Studies certificate work closely with a faculty advisor to plan a uniquely tailored course of study. See also the list of requirements for more information.