BA in Geography

The Department of Geography believes that geographic literacy is essential for the lifelong development and professional service of all the university’s students, not merely those majoring or minoring in the discipline.  We aim to provide a learning environment in which students will have structured opportunities to develop expertise in geography and to also achieve the institutional Undergraduate Learning Outcomes.

Geographic study at WOU focuses on the following learning outcomes for students:

  1. Explain important elements of geographic thought and practice.
  2. Interpret the interrelationships between people, space and place.
  3. Analyze human-environment relations.

For more information, contact: Dr. Shaun Huston (, Dr. Sriram Khé (, Dr. Mike McGlade ( or Dr. Mark Van Steeter (

View or download a four-year graduation program for geography majors: Four Year Geography Major Plan

GEOGRAPHY MAJOR (70-72 Credits)

Foundations (12)

  • GEOG 105, 106, 107 Introductory Geography

Geographic Thought and Practice (12)

  • GEOG 495 History and Philosophy of Geography

Choose Two:

  • GEOG 240 Map and Air Photo Interpretation
  • GEOG 321 Field Geography
  • GEOG or ES 340 Cartography
  • GEOG or ES 341 Geographic Information Systems
  • GEOG 384 Qualitative Methods
  • GEOG 385 Quantitative Methods
  • GEOG 386 Making Digital Video for the Social Sciences

People, Space and Place (8)

Choose Two:

  • GEOG 327 Popular Culture in Global Perspective
  • GEOG 330 Geography & Social Justice
  • GEOG 370 Human Migration
  • GEOG 371 Mexico & Central America
  • GEOG 410 Global Issues
  • GEOG 411 Cultural Geography

Human-Environment Relations (8)

Choose Two:

  • GEOG 331 Environmental Justice
  • GEOG 380 Environmental Conservation
  • GEOG 390 Global Climate Change
  • GEOG 391 Biogeography
  • GEOG 425 Urban Planning and Policy
  • GEOG 470 Energy, Environment and Society
  • GEOG 480 Nature and the American West

Capstone (4)

Electives in Geography (20)

Take any additional twenty (20) credits in Geography (GEOG). Consult with your advisor regarding scheduling and selection of courses that align with your needs and interests.

Intellectual and Experiential Breadth (6-8)

Complement your program of study in Geography with one (1) of the following:

  • Language Study (in a second or additional language)
  • Tools and Methods (consult with you advisor regarding selection of appropriate courses)
  • Non-geography Electives (consult with your advisor regarding selection of appropriate courses)
  • International Experience (consult with you advisor regarding possible programs, including study abroad, international internships or field schools, and credit options)
  • Special Individual and Applied Studies (consult with your advisor regarding details and credit options, which may include practica, internships or independent research)


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