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Geography Undergraduate Program

WVU’s Geography program cultivates the capacity of our students to become agents of change in their community and globally. The Bachelor of Arts in geography prepares students to tackle our world’s most challenging problems through both coursework and professional development opportunities. Geography majors engage in transdisciplinary study of people, places and the environment. With the guidance of faculty, students gain critical knowledge and skills related to sustainable development, climate change, disaster relief, human migration and social justice. Students learn how to use professional tools, such as geographic information systems and remote sensing, and practice methods of community-engaged research for social action. Our professional field experience course gives students valuable experience in a variety of internships working in city planning, environmental organizations and the West Virginia GIS Technical Center.

Careers

Careers in geography are estimated to increase by 26% between 2012 and 2022 (Bureau of Labor Statistics). Our alumni work within state, federal and international agencies, nonprofit organizations and corporate enterprises. Examples of the kinds of successful careers our graduates achieve:

  • Nonprofit director
  • Social entrepreneur
  • Environmental consultant
  • Geographic information system analyst
  • Local or regional planner
  • International development liaison
  • Agricultural enterprise specialist
  • Conservation management strategist
  • Lawyer specializing in human rights or environmental law

Interested in going to law school or graduate school? We have an excellent track record of placing our students in the top law and graduate programs across the U.S. Many geography students gain critical mentorship and guidance to pursue post-graduate training in human rights or environmental law, earth science and international development.

Geography in action

Watch videos about our students, field experiences and faculty research to see what it's like to major in Geography.

Become a Geography major


Did you know that most of our students decide to major in Geography only after taking a class? Our flexible program is adaptable for many current students, whether they are looking to switch or add a major.


Chart your path with the Geography major map.

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