Geographers study the world from a spatial perspective, emphasizing the importance of space, place, landscape and environment to relations and processes both within and between human and natural worlds. As an academic field, geography ranges across the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. With geography, you can pursue questions about culture, politics, society, economics and the physical environment. Geography is also an applied discipline. Studying geography is a foundation for doing practical work in mapping, cartography and Geographic Information Systems. Geography can also be preparation for other field-oriented careers and vocations, including urban and regional planning and natural resource management. Above all, studying geography provides a basis for life-long learning and a rich life, not just economically and academically, but culturally and socially.
Geography @ WOU
At Western Oregon, you can choose to major or minor in geography. The geography department also offers a minor in planning. You can opt to make geography your concentration within the Social Science and Social Science Teacher Education majors. In addition, geography coursework is integrated into other programs on campus, including: Environmental Studies, International Studies, Film Studies, GIS, and the different levels of teacher preparation offered in the College of Education.
Job opportunities for geography students: There are two positions available with the USFS in the Umpqua National Forest to do “geomorphic roads analysis and inventory.” Positions are temporary and begin in Fall. Get details. Feel free to contact your advisor about these positions or other jobs available in geography and related fields.
Applications are open for the Leo Fancey Geography Scholarship. Link to details. Note that the Denis M. Moran Scholarship is not being awarded this year.
Requirements for the geography major, minor and minor in planning have been revised for 2016-2017. You can review the requirements from Degrees & Programs. You can also view or download a four-year graduation plan for geography majors. See your advisor or any member of the geography faculty for additional guidance.
Internships with the AAG: the Association of American Geographers is looking for interns. Go to the AAG for details. In addition to this opportunity, see your advisor or any member of the faculty regarding additional internships, study abroad programs, and field schools. These kinds of opportunities can be arranged for course credit, or used for the Capstone in geography.
Looking for a course? See our updated Class Schedule.
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