Geography at Illinois State is an interdisciplinary program centered around a holistic approach to teaching and learning. The study of geography improves our understanding of the world in which we live today and prepares us for our roles as global citizens of the 21st century. Geography emphasizes the importance of diversity, inclusiveness, and international perspectives in its approach to solving human, physical, and environmental challenges facing our world.
Our Geography program is the second oldest in the country, with seven full-time faculty members who focus on undergraduate education and professional student training. The program offers hands-on and field training opportunities in and outside of the classroom. Our students receive individualized attention and have the opportunity to participate in faculty-led research. All Geography majors complete a required internship program before graduation.
The program places a strong emphasis on study abroad.
Point of Pride
The close-knit geography program boasts a 1-to-10 faculty-student ratio and average upper-level class sizes of less than 20. This gives students opportunities to participate in faculty-led research.
Why study Geography?
A degree in Geography provides a strong preparation for a diverse range of careers. It is also an effective preparation for a range of professional schools. However, geographers also have a number of specific technical and analytical skills that prepare them well for very specific tasks. Traditionally, geographers have been sought after as cartographers, planners (urban and environmental) and location analysts. Geographic Information Systems specialists are increasingly in demand. Geography provides a broad foundation for future career endeavors.
Applying to Illinois State
Illinois State's preferred filing period for freshman students for the fall semester is September 1-November 15. Applying early is encouraged, as the University must limit enrollment due to space at the University and in specific majors/programs. Visit the Office of Admissions to apply today!