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Geography and the Environment Undergraduate Programs

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B.A. in Geography


As a geography major, you won’t just study the world around you—you will get out and experience it through immersive coursework, fieldwork and research. You will form a new perspective on the dynamic relationships between people and places, and will have the knowledge to analyze issues and advocate for sustainable change.

B.A. or B.S. in Environment, Sustainability and Policy


In the environmental, sustainability and policy (ESP) undergraduate degree program, you will explore and think critically about the political, cultural and economic factors that affect environmental policy around the world. This double major program (a base major is required before adding ESP) will develop your ability to understand these problems from multiple perspectives, to think about their science and policy implications, and to find solutions that promote sustainability.

Minor in Geography


Coursework for a geography minor spans the social and natural sciences. Combine majors and minors in other fields to prepare for a fulfilling career or advanced studies in environmental analysis and resource management, urban and regional development, international relations, conflict resolution, public service and more. To complete a minor in geography, students must complete 18 credits in geography courses, of which a minimum of 12 credits must be upper division (i.e. 300-level or above).

Minor in Environment and Society


The environment and society (E&S) minor examines the social dimensions of environmental issues and sustainability, giving you a deep understanding of the political, cultural and economic factors that shape the relationship between society and the natural environment. The minor requires the completion of 18 credits including an introduction to environmental studies and an introduction to physical geography. The remaining courses must be selected from a list of primarily upper-division environmentally oriented courses identified by the E&S director and steering committee. At least two elective courses completed for this minor must come from departments other than geography and the environment.

Study Abroad or in Washington, D.C.

Our D.C. headquarters at the nationally ranked Center for Strategic and International Studies gives students access to leading minds in the world of policy and international affairs, competitive internships, employment opportunities and a deeply engaged network of D.C.-based alumni.

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Career Resources


Maxwell students have access to many career tools and resources, including Syracuse University’s exclusive online job and internship portal, alumni directories, networking treks and skill-building resources needed to apply for jobs or graduate school. As you start thinking about your post-graduation goals, career advisors are available—in person, via drop-in virtual appointment, and via text—to help translate your academic work into professional opportunities. You will quickly discover the many ways a liberal arts education can open new pathways to your future. 

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Lilly Datz

I am Maxwell.

You really get to know all the faculty, and have one on one conversations. That’s how I became involved in the Autonomous Systems Policy Institute. It’s pretty incredible that as a freshman, I’m able to do research that’s really interesting.”

Lilly Datz ’22

Double major: geography; magazine, news and digital journalism

Autonomous Systems Policy Institute

Geography and the Environment Department
144 Eggers Hall