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Honors Program Requirements and Courses

The honors program is open by departmental permission to geography majors with at least a 3.25 grade point average (GPA) in total university coursework and a 3.25 GPA in geography courses. After completing 57 credits, all qualified students will be invited to join the Geography Honors Track.

Students complete CHSS 489, a multidisciplinary colloquium emphasizing problem solving, discussion, reading, and writing on a topic or theme); GEOG 483 Honors Thesis; and HNRC 499 Honors Senior Synthesis, which fulfills the Liberal Studies Synthesis requirement. Students must maintain a 3.0 average in the track. 

To apply, students must submit a letter of intent that includes a two-page self-statement describing the student's academic and career goals. Two Geography faculty members must endorse the student’s application.

For more information, see the undergraduate catalog.

Departmental Requirements

  • Prerequisites:
    • Declared major in Geography
    • Completion of at least 57 credits with qualifying GPA
    • Endorsement of two Geography faculty members
  • Required courses:
    • Honors Senior Synthesis
    • Honors Colloquium
    • Honors Thesis in Geography (six credits)
  • Geography and Regional Planning Department
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    421 North Walk
    Indiana, PA 15705
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