Geography Certificate (M)

Students are encouraged to complete these certificates as a way to increase their marketability in their chosen programs.   They are a great way to increase depth of knowledge and round out hireability skills.

The School of Education and the School of Arts & Sciences also created these content-area certificates to enable Secondary/K12 education students the option to pursue additional areas of licensure.

While pursuing a Certificate in Geography students will understand map types and uses, and apply geographical concepts to current events in the past, present, and future and appreciate the natural factors that influence weather and climate, as well as the terms that define them, in the context of the earth’s makeup of biomes, primary spheres, and geomorphic processes.  They will also explain spatial patterns and variations in human population, internal and international immigration, and how geography impacts conflict and cooperation in the world while classifing geographic regions by human or physical characteristics, and know the major regions of the world. They will engage in discussion on environmental influences on geography, including how human activities and decisions modify the physical environment; how the human and physical system of geography interact; and the roles that climate change and global warming play in our world today, including the importance of renewable resources. Student will be able to recognize, describe and synthesize the essential narratives of peoples and civilizations around the world, particularly in terms of  chronology and geography and demonstrate knowledge and cultural understanding of European, American and non-Western civilizations and to compare those cultures across time.


Students should take at least one course from each of the three disciplinary areas listed below12
Social Sciences
Cultural Geography
Urban Society
The City & American Culture
Global History/Human Societies
History of Food
Non-Western World:A History Non-Western World:A History Non-Western World: A History
Ancient Civilizations
Empires: East & West
Introductory GIS
Environmental Science
Earth Science
Total Hours12