Landscapes: Societies, Cultures, and Political Economies, Certificate

Program Code: HMNGEO_UCT

Program Requirements

To earn an undergraduate certificate in Human Geography, a minimum of 12 credits is required.

Required Courses
GEOG 220Perspectives on Human Geography Keystone/General Education Course3
Elective Courses (Choose 9 credits from the following):9
Apocalyptic Geographies: How can we prevent the end of the world? Keystone/General Education Course
Urban Geography: A Global Perspective
Place, Space and Culture Keystone/General Education Course
Geographic Perspectives on Economic Systems Keystone/General Education Course
War, Peace, and Diplomacy: Understanding Contemporary Geopolitics
Population Geography
Historical Geography of North America
Geography of the Global Economy
Geography of the Global Economy
Geography of Race, Class, and Poverty in America
GEOG 426Y
Urban Historical Geography
Political Geography
Geographic Perspectives on Global Urbanization
Non-Course Requirements
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.

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee’s unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.

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University Park

Jodi Vender
Undergraduate Advising Coordinator
305 Walker Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-863-5730
advising@geog.psu.edu

Career Paths

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.

Careers

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.

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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.

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Professional Resources

Contact

University Park

DEPARTMENT OF GEOGRAPHY
302 Walker Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-865-3433
geography@psu.edu

http://www.geog.psu.edu