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Department of Geography and Environmental Planning

Honors in Geography 

An honors degree in geography is the ideal way for students to take away a sense of individual accomplishment at graduation. Students in the program complete an intensive research project in their area of interest and gain a firm grounding for graduate school and the job market.


  • Students must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.25, and a 3.50 in their major, or the consent of their faculty adviser.
  • Students may be admitted to the program no sooner than the spring of their sophomore year.


Credit Hours:

  • Minimum 40 hours total
  • Core Requirements (19 units)
  • Regional Course Requirement (3 units)
  • Elective Courses (18 units)
  • Minimum 6 units of Honors Directed Reading (GEOG 498) and Honors Thesis (GEOG 499), which may also serve to satisfy 6 of the 18 upper-level elective units needed for the major.
    This program includes 6 to 9 units in seminars, directed readings, and research projects in the student's major. A senior thesis is required, as is an oral defense.

Further information about the Departmental Honors Program is available from the Honors College.



Department of Geography and Environmental Planning
Liberal Arts Building, Room 2210F (map)
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Phone: 410-704-2973
Fax: 410-704-4702



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