College of Social and Behavioral Sciences2020-2021

Department of Geography, Planning, and Recreation

Geographic Regional Studies, Minor

Geography is a discipline that utilizes the concepts of location, place, and space to understand and analyze interactions between humans and their environments by bridging the social and natural sciences. The Geography Regional Studies Minor meets the interests and needs of students from a variety of majors and disciplines who seek a robust framework to connect contemporary issues occurring among places, communities, peoples, and systems around the world, and to contextualize these through various geographic scales of inquiry. This minor provides students baseline knowledge of United States and the world in terms of geographic location, natural and human resources, environmental and social systems, and economic, political, cultural, and historical contexts. Students also develop the skill of geographic thinking, which helps them to visualize diversity, identify patterns, comprehend complex connections, critically analyze change, and evaluate solutions.
 

Careers

What Can I Do with a Minor in Geographic Regional Studies?

The Geography Regional Studies Minor meets the needs of Northern Arizona University’s students for enhanced knowledge of geography and increased understanding of human and environmental systems in a globalized world. The knowledge base and skill set achieved through this minor enhances student understanding of locations, places, and spatial interconnections to better assess globally diverse business opportunities, geopolitical processes, and community and human development contexts, and to become wellinformed citizens. This minor capitalizes on the “geographic turn” in academic scholarship, through which multiple disciplines have embraced the utility of geographic thinking. The minor would be particularly useful in giving students spatial and environmental understandings to strengthen degrees in international affairs, tourism and hospitality, education, comparative cultural studies, women’s and gender studies, business, psychology, the arts, and humanities. Students in the physical sciences would benefit from the social science understanding that geography integrates with the underlying earth processes that are emphasized in the study of geology, biology and climatology

Career opportunities that might be pursued:
  • Researcher,
  • Foreign service
  • Intelligence specialist
  • NGO/NPO worker
  • International hospitality and tourism
  • International finance
  • Community activist
  • Social-environmental scientist
  • Teacher

With further education, one of these paths is possible:
  • Environmental management
  • Regional planning coordinator
  • International business or hospitality representative
  • Demographer
  • Marketing
  • CIA area analyst
  • Travel agent
  • Teacher/faculty


University Requirements

  • A minor is earned in conjunction with a bachelor's degree.

    To receive a minor (18 to 24 units) at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject matter areas with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0. At least 12 units of the minor must be unique to that minor and not applied to any other minor.

Overview

In addition to University Requirements:

  • Complete individual plan requirements.

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

No more than 50% of the units used to satisfy minor requirements may be used to satisfy major requirements.

Minimum Units for Completion 18
Major GPA 2.0

Purpose Statement

Geography is a discipline that utilizes the concepts of location, place, and space to analyze and understand interactions between humans and their environments by bridging the social and natural sciences. The Geography Regional Studies Minor meets the interests and needs of students from a variety of majors and disciplines who seek a robust framework to connect contemporary issues occurring among places, communities, peoples, and systems around the world, and to contextualize these through various geographic scales of inquiry. This minor provides students baseline knowledge of United States and the world in terms of geographic location, natural and human resources, environmental and social systems, and economic, political, cultural, and historical contexts. Students also develop the skill of geographic thinking, which helps them to visualize diversity, identify patterns, comprehend complex connections, critically analyze change, and evaluate solutions. This knowledge base and skill set would allow students to enhance their own understanding, become well informed citizens, and capitalize on the “geographic turn,” through which multiple disciplines have embraced the utility of geographic thinking.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Be spatially literate and be able to describe key features of regions and the world employing geographical concepts and vocabulary (e.g. climate, landforms, geographic scales, cultures and human processes, site and situation, and sense of place)
  •  Recognize and analyze social and environmental processes and the relationships between them, (e.g. migration and immigration, climate change, and geopolitical conflict).
  • Identify and analyze similarities, diversity, and interconnections between places and peoples (e.g. globalization, development, cultural identity, and community).
  • Define and apply core geographic concepts and methods to examine regional, national and world events and issues (e.g. place making, spatial analysis, demographics, and geographic thinking) and connect these with sustainability and resilience.
  • Self assess their place in the world: In what ways am I part of local communities and global systems? How do I impact these systems?

Details

Minor Requirements
  • Take the following 18 units with a Grade of "C" or better in each course:
    Contact the Geography, Planning, and Recreation Department to be assigned a minor advisor.
  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.
     

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