Mar 03, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Geography, Minor

Location(s): California-Blended, Clarion-Blended, Edinboro-Blended

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Geography is an interdisciplinary field of study that emphasizes a spatial approach to understanding human & physical systems and the natural world. In a nutshell, Geography is interested in “What is where, and why?” The study of nearly anything in the world can benefit from a geographic perspective, which is what makes Geography an excellent choice for a Minor program of study.

The Geography Minor will provide students with practical knowledge and practical skills that are useful in many other major and minor programs, including Business, Education, Environmental Sciences, History, International Studies, Natural Sciences, World Languages and Cultures, Sociology, Tourism, and more. Furthermore, it can help a student into entry level positions for careers that are not currently Major Programs at PennWest, for example Urban and Regional Planning or Sustainable Development. Students of Geography find careers in all sectors of the economy, from local-to-federal government, business, industry, and with local-to-international non-profit organizations.

All students completing the Geography Minor must take three required introductory geography courses and an additional nine credit hours of geography elective courses from prefixes GEOG or GGIS. It is permissible to substitute a Language and Culture course for three of the Geography Electives credits.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate core knowledge of human and physical systems and the natural world.
  • Master spatial analytic processes and decision-making, including map interpretation and use.
  • Demonstrate intellectual and practical skills including critical thinking, geographic analyses, synthesis and problem solving.
  • Demonstrate core knowledge of current global, social and environmental issues from a geographic perspective

Curriculum Requirements


At least 6 credits should be 3000-4000 level coursework.

Three additional courses with GEOG or GGIS prefix. 


Substitute up to 3 credits of any ARAB, CHIN, FREN, SPAN, or WRLC course for one of the Geography Electives

Total Credits: 18

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