Department Chair & Faculty Advisor, Cultural Anthropology
Dr. Erin Hayes
Faculty Advisor, Physical Anthropology
Dr. Brian Pierson
Faculty Advisor, Geography/GIS
Adrian Youhanna, GISP
Faculty Advisor, Meteorology
Jason Finley, Ph.D., CCM, GISP
What Can I Do With a Major In Geography?
Geography is more than just knowing the locations of countries, capital cities, rivers, and oceans. Although the location is certainly a part of geography, the field encompasses much more. In fact, you may be surprised to learn that whatever you like to do and wherever you live, geography is very much a part of your everyday life. Geography is really more than just a subject, it is a visual science. It’s a way of looking at the world and asking questions and looking for explanations. Geographers know and understand how to apply geography to interpret the past and present, and plan for the future.
The study of geography is designed for students to better understand the world around them. At the most basic level, geography helps students understand the physical location of things in relation to each other. Cultural geography deals with language, religion, political patterns, and economics. Historical geography provides tools for better predicting the future. Physical geography can explain the basis for cultural and historical geography. It also has direct applications to everyday life. For example, through the study of physical geography and weather we can understand how the wind and sand storms will impact military activity.
Geography is not just a descriptive discipline — it is also a predictive discipline. Geography is becoming more of an applied field. There are a large number of people who are using the tools of applied geography, such as GPS or Geographic Information Systems in such varied fields as agriculture, business, the military and urban planning.