What Can I Do With a Major In Geography?
Geography majors go on to successful careers in academics, business, science, research, publishing, and much more.
You can graduate with a B.A. or a B.S. in Geography. B.S. students take either the Geographic Information Science (GIS) or Environmental Systems track, which emphasize math or computer science. B.A. students choose one of these interest areas: Environmental Systems, Geographic Information Science/Systems, Globalization & Uneven Development, Urban Worlds, or Environment & Society. For more information, contact the Department of Geography.
All liberal arts degrees help CLA students develop their Core Career Competencies, and geography majors develop specific skills that are applicable to lots of different careers. These skills include:
- Critical thinking and evaluation skills
- Strong verbal and written communication skills
- Strong research skills and attention to detail
- Ability to work independently and collaboratively
- Ability to gather, assess and interpret data
- Ability to apply rhetorical theory to professional practice
- An understanding of the composition of the Earth and the processes that operate on it
Interest Code: IRS
Internship & Job Search Websites
- Association of American Geographers Career Resources
- HECUA internship program
- Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
- Idealist (Nonprofit positions in the US and internationally)
- Public Service Careers (Check out “Why Public Service?”)
- UMN Geological Society
Below is a small sampling of what alumni with this major have pursued, organized by the most common career fields they go into (although, keep in mind that there are geography alumni in all eight of the career fields). For more career information for geography majors, utilize these additional resources:
- What Can I Do With This Major - Find information about common career paths, employers, and strategies for how to build experience in different career fields
- LinkedIn's Alumni Tool - Explore thousands of alumni career pathways
- GoldPASS - Explore different job, internship, and volunteer opportunities as well as career events on campus
Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required