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What is Human Geography?


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.

Physical Geographers

Seek to understand the dynamic processes that interact to create unique environments, how these processes affect human society, and how human activities alter them. 

Facilities & Resources

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.

Mapping

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.

Did You Know?


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.

Get to Know Us


Ben Marsh

Professor

Ben Marsh

What are the sets of events that created this? What are the impacts and implications for the people who live there? And how do we make the world better for people based on this knowledge? For me, that's what geography does.

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Karen Morin

Professor

Karen Morin

For me, a truly successful class is one in which the professor and the students have developed between them a rich and complicated dialogue about the subject under debate.

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Hands-on Experience


Outside the Classroom

Study Abroad

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.

Research

Undergraduate Research

Beginning in their first year, geography students frequently work with faculty on special research projects, which help them develop their analytical and research skills.

Internships

Internships

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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