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.
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.