Geography (BA)

The BA in geography teaches students to see the world through the twin lenses of space and place.

Geographers have a unique spatial perspective in understanding the modern world, global to local. The BA in geography emphasizes humanistic and cultural traditions. Students pursuing undergraduate studies in geography typically concentrate knowledge-building in understanding various cultural phenomena or in studying regions such as:

  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Australia and Oceania
  • Europe
  • Latin America
  • North America

 

Career Opportunities

Geographers with an emphasis on culture and human patterns obtain careers in community development, foreign service, or teaching.  They may work for governmental or nongovernmental organizations in areas of intelligence analysis, international trade, or urban or regional planning.

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The BA program in geography teaches students to see the world through the twin lenses of space and place.

Geographers have a unique spatial perspective in understanding the modern world, from global to local. The Bachelor of Arts program in geography emphasizes humanistic and cultural traditions. Students pursuing undergraduate studies in geography typically concentrate knowledge-building in understanding various cultural phenomena or in studying regions such as:

  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Australia and Oceania
  • Europe
  • Latin America
  • North America

Degree Offered

Geography (BA)
Liberal Arts & Sciences, College of

Location
Tempe, Online

Major Map

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Application Requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.
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Career Outlook

Geographers obtain careers in:

  • community development
  • foreign service
  • geodemographic analysis
  • governmental organizations
  • intelligence analysis
  • international trade
  • nongovernmental organizations
  • public sector transportation planning
  • teaching
  • urban and regional planning

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:


Career*growth*median salary
Architecture Teachers, Postsecondary9.4%$73,720
Cartographers and Photogrammetrists 29.3%$60,930
Command and Control Center Officers
Compliance Managers 3.9%$105,060
Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers, Postsecondary 15.1%$68,950
Economics Teachers, Postsecondary9.7%$90,870
Economists5.7%$95,710
Education Teachers, Postsecondary9.1%$59,720
Architectural and Engineering Managers 2%$130,620
Environmental Economists 5.7%$95,710
Geographers-1.6%$76,420
Geography Teachers, Postsecondary7.9%$71,320
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education 5.8%$56,310
Investment Fund Managers 3.9%$105,060
Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education 5.9%$54,940
Regulatory Affairs Managers 3.9%$105,060
Security Managers 3.9%$105,060
Social Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary, All Other 17%$65,320
Social and Community Service Managers9.5%$62,740
Sociologists-0.7%$72,810
Supply Chain Managers 3.9%$105,060
Travel Guides0%$35,100
Transportation Planners -2%$75,630
Urban and Regional Planners 6.3%$66,940
Wind Energy Project Managers 3.9%$105,060

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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