Geography is the study of the natural and human structures of the Earth, as well as their development, dynamics, and evolution. It divides into human geography, which studies communities and their interactions with their environments, and physical geography, which studies the natural environment itself. It aims to bridge our scientific understanding of the environment with our social, historical, economic, and cultural understanding of humans beings and their communities.
Duration: Three to four years (full-time study); six to eight years (part-time study)
Entry Requirements: Undergraduate degree or equivalent general education
The core topics introduce the field of geography and give students the skills and understanding to choose and pursue their interests in the specialized topics. The Director of Studies will make adaptations based on student ability and schedule. On completing the core, students will be able to independently read the historical and academic literature. The core topics are:
* Field work must be decided in partnership with a Director of Studies and may come with an additional fee.
Specializations should be discussed with the Director of Studies. On completing specializations, students will be able to independently read advanced literature and conduct a final project in that topic. Some suggested specializations are:
The final project in geography consists in one or more papers written on an area of specialization. The paper should take the form of a dissertation elaborating an original argument, interpretation, or perspective. All final projects should be discussed with the Director of Studies, who will assist in choosing an appropriate focus and method. Advanced students may be advised to submit their paper for publication in an appropriate academic journal.