Bachelor of Art in Geography
This degree is offered as a face to face or fully online program.
The Bachelor of Arts in Geography degree provides students with an understanding of various aspects of the Earth, including its physical features, the role of humans in modifying the Earth, and the relationships between peoples and places.
"Geography is the only subject that asks you to look at the world and try to make sense of it. The field never stops being exciting because that's what geography is all about - trying to make sense of the world."
-- Peirce F. Lewis, Professor Emeritus of Geography
How can a geography degree at KSU lead to a valuable career?
Geography is the study of the human and physical landscapes of the Earth's surface. It considers many factors such as human culture, language, climate and weather, vegetation, landforms, trade flows, transportation, and cities. These are studied using geography's unique spatial perspective. Geographer Marvin Mikesell has labeled it the "why of where." In addition to meeting the basic human and physical geography requirements, KSU geography students also select a large number of courses in related studies. This illustrates the interdisciplinary nature of geography and allows students to tailor their degree to their personal and career interests. Related studies may be in the humanities and social sciences, the arts, the physical sciences, business, and many other disciplines. If you have started a degree in another field, you will see how it will fit into your B.A. in Geography from KSU. A geography degree can lead to a rewarding career in business, education, government (at any level), non-profit organizations, or research.Download Our Degree Infographic
For more information on specific classes, see our B.A. in Geography information in the KSU Undergraduate Catalog.
Information for our Online Students
The online Bachelor of Arts in Geography degree is a 123-credit hour program that began in Spring 2015. The program director is Dr. Garrett Smith. The online geography degree program is based on four years of full-time enrollment. Summer courses are not included but may be taken as available to hasten the time spent on the degree. Students should understand that this is a completely online degree program. No courses will be taken in the face-to-face format. The online geography degree program was recently ranked in the top 5 online geography degree programs in the U.S.
Dr. Garrett Smith describes the online Bachelor of Arts in Geography degree: