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geographyA geography degree from Marshall University will provide you with an interdisciplinary approach to the field and prepare you for a variety of careers. As a result, you will be able to understand and address many modern-day challenges, including climate change, natural resource management, economic development, urban planning and ethnic conflict resolution.

What is Geography?

Geography occupies a unique position as a bridge between the social and natural sciences and STEM fields (GIScience). Consequently, the field offers diverse job opportunities.

Geography Degrees

Our undergraduate degrees offer students broad exposure to the various subfields and provide specialized career training and preparation. In addition, our department offers minors in the field to expose students to the various subsets of geography.

Where Can a Geography Degree Take You?

Geography is a rapidly expanding discipline with career opportunities across fields in both the public and private sectors. As a result, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that demand for trained geographers will grow much faster than average over the next decade.

DID YOU KNOW? According to the U.S. Department of Labor, geographers in 2015 earned a median of $74,260 a year.

Fields you can pursue include:

  • Economic Development
  • Environmental Conservation
  • Cartography
  • International Business
  • Regional and Urban Planning
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Professions

Click here to see some of the fields in which our graduates are employed and learn more about the jobs you can pursue.


Our mission is to mentor you as you learn to communicate effectively, interpret and construct maps, recognize, analyze, and interpret earth and human geography processes, identify and critically evaluate world regional issues, calculate and apply quantitative solutions to geographical problems, and design, conduct, and present geographical research.

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