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

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Application Requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.
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Transfer
International
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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, Postsecondary 10.6%$80,050
Cartographers and Photogrammetrists 19.4%$63,990
Command and Control Center Officers
Compliance Managers 8%$105,610
Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers, Postsecondary 10.5%$72,230
Economics Teachers, Postsecondary 10.6%$98,350
Economists6.3%$102,490
Education Teachers, Postsecondary 10.3%$64,020
Architectural and Engineering Managers 5.5%$137,720
Environmental Economists 6.3%$102,490
Geographers6.7%$76,860
Geography Teachers, Postsecondary8.4%$78,040
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education7.5%$59,170
Investment Fund Managers8%$105,610
Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education7.5%$57,720
Regulatory Affairs Managers 8%$105,610
Security Managers8%$105,610
Social Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary, All Other 10%$64,480
Social and Community Service Managers 18%$64,100
Sociologists1.3%$79,650
Supply Chain Managers 8%$105,610
Travel Guides4.9%
Transportation Planners 6.5%$79,370
Urban and Regional Planners 12.8%$71,490
Wind Energy Project Managers 8%$105,610

* 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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