Human geographers focus on people and their habitats. They look at the way people transform space into place, giving meaning to the world, and how these geographies are integral to identity.
Seek to understand the dynamic processes that interact to create unique environments, how these processes affect human society, and how human activities alter them.
Geography students have access to lab and field facilities, including computerized geographic information systems laboratory facilities, an environmental science laboratory, and a nearby 45-acre nature site. Central Pennsylvania offers some of the finest field sites in the East - small towns, forests, strip mines, rivers and wetlands.
At Bucknell, we have equipment to make some amazing maps, from standard transits, plane table and alidade, to Global Positioning System (GPS) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology.
Immigration, fashion, prisons, climate change, poverty, discrimination, disease, war, peace – anything that happens on Earth is fair game for geographers.
What unites them is a common interest in the how and why of location, movement, boundaries and distribution.
Students may focus on either human or physical geography courses or a combination of both.
Our geography program encourages in-depth, interdisciplinary and critical views of how people's activities in political, economic, social and cultural dimensions create environments and are influenced by them.
Close ties with other departments and programs allow students to pursue complementary studies in such fields as economics, political science, sociology, environmental studies, women’s and gender studies and international relations. Many geography students choose to double major.
Students often spend a semester or year abroad in their specific region of interest, such as Europe, Africa, East Asia or Latin America. Recently, students have gone global through: Bucknell on the Susquehanna, Florence, Guatemala, and Milan.
Beginning in their first year, geography students frequently work with faculty on special research projects, which help them develop their analytical and research skills.
Geography students have opportunities for internships with local planning offices, the Soil Conservation Service and other agencies. Students often obtain summer internships through Bucknell's McKenna Environmental Internship Program or in planning and environmental agencies nationwide.
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