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

Students complete CHSS 489 Honor Colloquium (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 determine how Honors Track courses will be integrated into existing requirements for the Geography major, students should consult their academic advisors.

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.

Geography Honors Track

Departmental Requirements:

  • Prerequisites:
    • Declared major in Geography
    • Completion of at least 57 credits
    • 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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