The Earth is our home: what do we make of it? Geographers approach this question both
from the "earth" side (through studies of landforms, weather and climate, and vegetation)
and from the "home" side (through studies of architecture and planning, cities, economies,
and societies). But especially they are interested in the "we" part: this is a discipline
that brings together a number of fields of study to probe how people interact with
their environment. Students at Chicago State University who select Geography as their
major field are interested in these questions and how they apply to possible careers
in planning, teaching, environmental studies, public policy, geographic information
systems, and international affairs. They develop close working relationships with
the advisors, faculty, and chairperson of the Department, who are always ready for
advice on course selection and career planning.
The Geography program offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography. Students may pursue one of four advisement tracks: General Geography, Community Development,
Environmental Justice, or Geographic Information Systems. Students may also major
in Secondary Teaching in Social Studies with a Major in Geography. Minors sequences
are also available in geography and geographic information systems.
A Master of Arts degree in Geography, and a Master of Arts Degree in Geography with GIS concentration are
offered. Graduate certificates are available in Geographic Information Systems and Community Development.
Students enrolled in the liberal arts concentrations may prepare for careers in diverse
geographical fields including economic, recreational, and urban geography; cartography;
climatology; government service; international affairs; industry; planning agencies;
ecology and resource management; publishing companies; real estate; transportation
corporations; neighborhood and community development; and tourism and travel agencies.
For more information concerning undergraduate and graduate programs, please contact
one of our faculty advisors or click on the names below: