Some courses you'll take focus on a specific topic (the evolution of the world economy, political geography, or the geography of cities). Others are more applied focusing the ways in which societies shape their environment (geography of water; environmental policy; urban and regional planning). All are designed to broaden the social and cultural horizons of students and to contribute to a sophisticated understanding of their world.
Courses which focus on systematic human geography include a survey class at the introductory level as well as more specialized intermediate and upper level courses. Intermediate level classes are offered in many human geography subfields (urban, economic and political geography). Several intermediate and upper level classes are offered in more applied fields (geography of water, environmental policy and urban regional planning). Geography courses are designed to broaden the social and cultural horizons of students. Many courses fulfill elective requirements in major and minor concentrations.
Some of our students recently have conducted extensive summer research projects, such as Matt Crawford '12 who analyzed conservation easements in Vermont and the effects they have on everything from working farms to hiking trails. Matt reports that he got a great practical education on tax and legal issues in the process.
Internships are also possible during the school year.
The field of urban planning and community development is wide open and a natural fit for somebody with background in geography. Many of our graduates are working in such jobs today. Other geographers work as cartographers or in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Some find jobs in climatology for weather agencies, in transportation management, environmental management, research and specialized technical writing or teaching at the high school or college level.