A minor in geography requires detailed study of particular places at different scales, from the Lowcountry to Africa, and teaches students to understand and appreciate the physical and social processes that shape the world we live in. Students are introduced to the discipline of geography through World Regional Geography, a required course. All declared minors also take Reading the Lowcountry Landscape, which is a field-intensive methods course that builds geographic skills by analyzing the various processes that have shaped the Lowcountry. The minor is offered by the Department of Political Science and administered by a steering committee of faculty. Additional geography electives and cognate courses may be proposed by other departments for inclusion at any time.
Students are required to take one systematic course in geography: environmental, political or urban geography. From there, students choose geography and cognate electives for a total of 18 credit hours in the discipline.
NOTE: a maximum of 9 hours of coursework in the Geography Minor may be applied to the requirements for the major in Political Science.