Geography (Minor)

Geography (Minor)
Geography Minor

What is geography?

If you’re interested in understanding the world, the geography minor may be for you. Geography provides a framework for comprehending the world and a universal language to communicate knowledge and perspective that is useful in almost every field of study. Geography studies the relationships between environments and human activity, using technology to explore the form, function and perceptions of places and spaces and how they interact and change. Combine the minor with a major such as communication, economics, information technology, sociology or environmental studies to more thoroughly understand some of the defining issues of our times —climate change, globalization, political conflict, natural resource management and runaway urban growth.

Why study geography at UNH?

With small class sizes and personalized advising by department faculty, you’ll receive a high degree of individual attention as a geography student. We emphasize hands-on learning, and our students have interned at places as varied as forest services, global relief organizations and planning commissions. We also encourage study abroad and have had students participate in programs in countries including China, Denmark, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, the United Kingdom and Vietnam. A geography minor will enhance your major and prepare you for a wide variety of careers or professional and graduate degrees.

Potential career areas

  • Community development
  • Demography
  • Environmental consulting
  • Environmental education
  • Geospatial data analysis
  • International aid
  • Market research analysis
  • Natural resources management
  • Real estate
  • Urban or regional planning

Curriculum & Requirements

The geography minor allows undergraduates to explore one or more of the three main areas of geography — human geography, environmental geography and geotechniques. Studying geography prepares students to pursue a wide variety of careers or enter graduate school.

To minor in geography, you must complete any five geography courses (at least 20 credit hours) with a grade of at least C-. 

Select five geography courses20
Total Credits20

Courses taken Pass/Fail cannot be used for the minor. All minor courses can be used to fulfill Discovery Program requirements.

At the beginning of your final semester at UNH you should complete a Certification of Completion of Minor form. The minor must be approved by your major and minor supervisors. The completed form is then presented to the college dean for approval and, finally, forwarded to the Registrar.

Please direct questions about minoring in geography to the department chairperson.


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