Geography gives us an understanding of the world. It demonstrates how the physical and human systems on our planet work and connect to maintain life.
Geographers have specific and valuable skills to tackle important societal challenges facing our planet. Climate change, population pressures, geopolitical conflicts, and natural disasters all need the expertise of geographers.
Geographers are citizens of the world. When solving problems, they value diversity, inclusiveness, and international perspectives.
Typical careers for a geographer include:
- Planner (urban and environmental)
- Location Analyst
- Geographic Information Systems Specialist
Studying geography gives you a solid foundation for any career. You'll develop strong skills in research, communication, critical thinking, problem-solving, and writing.
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?
Geography at Illinois State focuses on your education and professional training.
We take a holistic approach to learning and give you plenty of opportunities to do what you love. Our hands-on learning experiences get you out of the classroom and into the field-outdoors.
As a Geography student, you'll help solve real-world challenges. You can conduct research with faculty, study abroad, and take part in internships. These experiences give you valuable skills to help you succeed in any career.
Geography at Illinois State is an interdisciplinary program. This lets you take courses from a variety of subject areas at the University. You'll be exposed to more perspectives, and have a deeper, engaging learning experience.
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!