Geography at UW Oshkosh
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The Geography Department offers a comprehensive Geography major, along with a minor in Geography and a GIS Certificate. A Geography major/minor provides a window on a world made smaller by advances in telecommunications and transportation technologies, by the integrated operations of multinational corporations, by international terrorism and by environmental hazards that accompany global warming. Studying Geography enables us to better understand the interaction between these distant forces and nearby places to best solve our world’s problems.
The skills and knowledge that students in these fields acquire are practical and valued, globally and locally. Our graduates are able to provide insights into the ecological and social complexity of the international conflicts or help a retailer decide the most cost-effective location for its next store. Some Geography graduates design models of global climate change and others work to mitigate the negative impacts of a new highway on nearby wetlands.
Skilled Geographers are in high demand across a wide variety of fields such as land-use planning, environmental management, industrial and business location, transportation, cartography and urban and regional planning. Our graduates have valuable skills and insights to offer employers and pursue fascinating, meaningful careers.
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Focus on environmental analysis, regional studies, computer and spatial analysis, human-environment interactions, cultural studies, or whatever you find interesting
We offer multiple study abroad and field courses including in Yellowstone National Park, Germany, and Belize
Most major corporations hire geographers (and pay them well) to analyze people’s patterns of movement, where they frequent, where they spend their money, and how to get them there