The Central Connecticut State University Department of Geography was founded in 1969. Students receive a holistic, liberal education that integrates the study of human activity and the natural environment. We have the largest Geography Department of any institution of higher education in New England. Our courses and research examine interaction within and between the biosphere, atmosphere, lithosphere, and hydrosphere. In addition to lecture oriented courses, we also provide field-oriented, applied, and hands-on experiences throughout Connecticut and in far away lands. We strive to provide our students with a friendly, well-supported learning environment that trains them to be top scientists as well as citizens of the world.
The CCSU Department of Geography attracts approximately 2,300 undergraduate students to its courses every year, and has approximately 220 undergraduate majors in Geography. The undergraduate program of the Geography Department offers BA and BS degrees in the following emphases and specializations:
- Environmental emphasis
- Geographic Information Science emphasis
- Tourism emphasis
- General/Regional Geography emphasis
- Elementary Education-Geography emphasis
- Social Science emphasis
- Planning specialization
- Tourism and Hospitality Studies program
The Department of Geography began its graduate program in 1964. The graduate program of the Geography Department offers the following degree options:
There are currently about 50 graduate students enrolled in the graduate program. The MS program in Geography was founded in 1962, and the MS in Geography with a specialization in Global Sustainability program began in 2010. The first MS in Geography was awarded during the 1966-67 academic year, and the first MS in Geography with a specialization in Global Sustainability is anticipated to be awarded in 2012.
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