Geography Minor

Chair, Department of History and Geography: Professor Irons

Coordinator: Associate Professor Xiao

Associate Professor: R. Kirk

Assistant Professor: Marshall

Geography explores how location affects societies, economics, politics, culture and ecosystems. How do we analyze, describe and construct boundaries, both natural and human, which we then impose on the physical and intellectual worlds we live in? The study of geography is much more than maps or knowing where places are located. It includes study of both the natural world and the varied patterns of human life on both the macro and micro scales.

Graduates with training in geography are sought as geographic information systems (GIS) specialists to work with GIS computer mapping software and related technology for government at the local, state or federal level as well as for a wide variety of businesses and corporations; regional specialists to work for the Central Intelligence Agency, foreign service, Peace Corps or community activist organizations; business, economic and population geographers to work for insurance companies, in real estate, for federal agencies such as the U.S. Census Bureau or to work in market-oriented businesses; environment and recreation specialists to work for botanical gardens, the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Park Service or parks and recreational agencies; and teachers and map librarians to work at elementary or secondary schools or at universities.

Several geography courses count toward area concentrations in International and Global Studies and Environmental Studies majors. Our GIS labs offer opportunities for hands-on learning and to obtain the latest computer mapping and spatial analysis skills. Gamma Theta Upsilon, the international honor society in geography, has a campus chapter, and minors in geography and GIS are offered at Elon.

Minor Requirements:

Required course: 4 sh

GEO 1310THE WORLD'S REGIONS

4 sh

Choose two courses from the following: 8 sh

ENS 1110INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

3 sh

ENS 1130INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE LAB

1 sh

GEO 1210GLOBAL PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENTS

4 sh

GEO 2500/ENS 2500INTRODUCTION TO GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS

4 sh

HST 2210/IGS 2210THE WORLD IN THE 20TH CENTURY

4 sh

POL 1410/IGS 1410INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

4 sh

GEO ANY 200-LEVEL GEO COURSE

Choose eight semester hours of GEO electives at 300-400 level: 8 sh

Includes COR 404: Africans and African Development

Total Credit Hours: 20

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