Department of Geography Department of Geography

Undergraduate Degrees

Geography is one of the few disciplines in the University curriculum that comfortably bridges the social sciences, biophysical sciences and the humanities through its holistic approach to studies. As a result, the Geography program fulfils a vital function in the university's mission by providing students with a conceptual framework for synthesizing information from several disciplines. As well, geography programs offer international and integrative perspectives on the relations among social, economic, and biophysical processes that affect interconnections between people, environments and places on the earth's surface. A secondary goal is to provide majors with the knowledge and skills that are necessary to enable them pursue a graduate degree in geography or seek employment in geography-related fields. Geography courses thus form an integral part of the General Education program at Central Connecticut State University.

Learning Outcomes

Consistent with the above goals, the Department has identified the following learning outcomes for students graduating from the undergraduate program in Geography: Students will:

  1. demonstrate knowledge of the basic concepts of physical and human geography.
  2. use geographic theories, principles and data to solve spatial problems
  3. apply basic research skills, including the ability to critically evaluate the research of others
  4. show competent skills in oral or written expressions regarding the clarity, logic and effectiveness of arguments.
  5. synthesize and produce graphic displays of spatial data (i.e., maps, graphs and database).
  6. describe the nature of Geography as an academic discipline, including familiarity with its history and recognition of its major subfields.
  7. demonstrate knowledge and skills that are sufficient to allow one pursue advanced study in geography and/or find employment in a geography-related field.

Majors and Tracks/Specializations in Geography

Major in Geography-Environmental Track: Curriculum Sheet
Major in Geography-Geographic Information Science Track: Curriculum Sheet
Major in Geography-Tourism Track: Curriculum Sheet
Major in Geography-General/Regional Track: Curriculum Sheet
Major in Geography Planning Specialization: Curriculum Sheet
Major in Geography-Subject matter concentration for certification in Elementary Education: Curriculum Sheet
Major in Social Science with a Minor in Geography-Secondary Education Certification in Social Studies: Curriculum Sheet 
(This will take you to the Department of History website.  To complete the program with a minor in Geography simply complete the 18 unit Geography minor for your 'social science concentrate'. See the Department of History for Advising.)
Major in Hospitality/Tourism: Curriculum Sheet

Minors in Geography

Minor in Geography

Eighteen credits in Geography as follows: Geog. 110 or 120; and 15 credits of Geography electives. Six credits must be at the 300-/400-level.

Minor in Environmental Geography

Eighteen credits in Geography as follows; 3 credits in Geog. 110; 3 credits from Geog.  266, 276, 378, or 442; 6 credits from Geog. 270, 272, 275, 374; and 6 credits from Geog. 433, 445, 472,473, 475, or 473.

Minor in Geography with a Specialization in Planning

Eighteen credits in Geography as follows: Geog. 110, 241, and 441; 6 credits from Geog. 272 or any of the techniques courses; and 3 credits in 400-level planning courses.

Minor in Geographic Information Science

Eighteen credits: Geog. 130, Geog. 378, and twelve credit hours (at least six at the 300 or 400 level) from Geog. 266, 276,460, 463,464,466, 468, 476, 478, 479, 480, ETC 458.  For geography majors, 3 additional credits of electives are required.

Minor in Tourism

Eighteen credits as follows; Geog. 110 or 120; 3 credits from any regional Geography course and 9 credits from these courses:  Geog. 290, 291, 450, 451, 453, 454, 455.  Courses used to satisfy the requirements of this minor may not be used to satisfy the requirements of any major in Geography.