At which campus can I study this program?
To earn an undergraduate certificate in Human Geography, a minimum of 12 credits is required.
|GEOG 220||Perspectives on Human Geography||3|
|Elective Courses (Choose 9 credits from the following):||9|
|Apocalyptic Geographies: How can we prevent the end of the world?|
|Urban Geography: A Global Perspective|
|Place, Space and Culture|
|Geographic Perspectives on Economic Systems|
|War, Peace, and Diplomacy: Understanding Contemporary Geopolitics|
|Historical Geography of North America|
|Geography of the Global Economy|
|Geography of the Global Economy|
|Geography of Race, Class, and Poverty in America|
|Urban Historical Geography|
|Geographic Perspectives on Global Urbanization|
|Per University policy, all credit courses for a certificate require a grade of 'C' or higher, and at least two-thirds (2/3) of the credits used to complete a certificate must be earned at Penn State. If student is completing multiple certificates in Geography, no more than one (1) course may double-count for each.|
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Students earning the Human Geography certificate learn a wide range of critical thinking, research, and analytical skills that are highly valued by employers. Students with backgrounds in human geography find jobs in all levels of government, nonprofit organizations, and in industry. This is one of several geography- related certificates that students can use to tailor their educational experience in preparation for the job market. In addition to Human Geography, the geography department offers certificates in Environment and Society Geography; Geospatial Big Data Analytics; Geographic Information Systems; Justice, Ethics and Diversity in Space; Landscape Ecology; and Physical Geography.
Students earning the certificate in Human Geography are well positioned to find employment with diverse organizations spanning business, government, and nonprofit sectors. Such organizations may include (but are not limited to): American Red Cross; Amnesty International; U.S. Census Bureau; Heifer International; National Geographic Society; National Park Service; Teach for America; U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; U.S. State Department; World Bank; local, regional, and state planning agencies; environmental and engineering consulting firms; policy research institutes; private corporations; and humanitarian organizations.
Opportunities for Graduate Studies
A certificate in Human Geography is useful for students who are interested in pursuing graduate degrees in the social sciences and humanities. Alumni enter graduate and professional studies in a variety of programs, including (but not limited to) geography, planning, international development, urban studies, sustainability, public policy, emergency management, education, and law. They sometimes begin graduate or professional programs directly after finishing undergraduate studies, but often get several years' work experience before returning to school, either full or part-time.