Feb 23, 2024  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024

Geography Minor

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Minor code OR4231

College of Arts and Sciences  
Geography Department  
N378 Lindley Hall
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.593.1140

Edna Wangui, Chair
Yeong Kim, contact person

Program Overview

Geography bridges the natural and social sciences. Geographers focus on spatial patterns to study physical and cultural environments and how people interact with those environments. Geography is important to humanity because most of the world’s problems require deep understanding of the interdependence between human activities and the natural world. Geographic theories and methods provide students with fundamental analytical skills relevant to any occupation focused on solving social and environmental problems. Reflecting the diversity and breadth of geography, the department of Geography offers nine majors to help students specialize in a subfield of their choice.

The Geography minor affords students flexibility in designing a geography curriculum that combines the traditions of physical and human geography with anaytical and technical skills. The minor is open to all undergraduate students except those majoring in Geography.

The Geography Department at Ohio University is committed to excellence in both teaching and advising. Several of our faculty members have received teaching awards. We are known across campus for the highest quality of student advising. As a geography major, you will meet one-on-one with your faculty advisor every semester during advising week, and you are always welcome to talk with your advisor at any time throughout the semester whenever questions may arise. In addition to advising our students about their academic programs, we provide timely information about internships, nationally competitive awards, and other opportunities as they arise. Many of our students complete internships and several of our students have received nationally competitive awards.

For more information about our program, please view this video, visit our website, or reach out to the faculty contact person, whose information is listed above.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Change of Program Policy

No selective or limited admission requirements.

External Transfer Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

Geography prepares students for a variety of career paths, including environmental management, planning, and analysis; private and public firms and agencies that employ geographic information systems; education; local, state or federal governments and agencies; city and regional planning; community development; non-profit organizations; foreign service; international non-governmental organizations; and cultural and historic preservation.


Minor Hours Requirement

The geography minor requires a minimum of 20 hours.

Foundation Requirements

Complete two of the following courses:

Complete at least three of the following 3000/4000-level courses for a minimum of 9 credit hours:


Complete additional GEOG courses to total at least 20 hours in combination with the foundation requirements.  These courses may not include any course over 4900 (including GEOG 4910 , GEOG 4930 , GEOG 4940 , GEOG 4941 , GEOG 4942 , GEOG 4943 , GEOG 4944 , GEOG 4945 , GEOG 4946 , GEOG 4970T , GEOG 4980T , GEOG 4990H ).

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