Winthrop University: Geography Minor

Geography Minor

Geography is a broad, flexible, synergistic discipline that can integrate other areas of study. Geographers approach world problems from a spatial perspective - or sometimes simply stated as the "why of where."

As a result, the Geography minor at Winthrop can complement and help build upon the major course of study, providing the student with a broad and solid educational foundation.

The Geography minor at Winthrop focuses on providing students with a solid foundation in human geography and its sub-disciplines. The program offers a variety of courses in regional geography, economic geography, geographic information systems, remote sensing, and environmental sustainability. 

Geography courses fulfill requirements for Environmental Studies, Environmental Science, and Middle Level Education-Social Studies, and Social Studies Education majors, certificates, and programs. Courses meet General Education requirements in Social Sciences and Technology. No matter what your major, these courses offer global perspectives that are valuable for a wide range of disciplines and can provide you with technology skills that are in high demand. 

Want more information? Contact our Program Coordinator Dr. Scott Werts.

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Minor Requirements

For the minor in Geography, students complete 15 credit hours of Geography courses that includes:

  • GEOG 101 (3) Human Geography
  • at least 6 credit hours in Geography courses numbered above 299

Spring 2023 Courses

GEOG 101 Human Geography

Mondays 6:30 - 9:15 PM 

Human Geography introduces the tools geographers use to understand humans and their place in the world. This course is the foundation for the minor and provides all students with the tools and knowledge to put contemporary issues into broader contexts.

GEOG 201 Geography of World Regions

Mondays and Wednesdays 9:30 - 10:45 AM

It has never been more important to understand both the global dynamics that are shaping human experiences—changing climates, migration, conflict, globalization—and the local responses to them. This course looks at each major world region to explore key contemporary issues and how they have been shaped by economic, political, social, and environmental processes. The goal is to equip you with the tools you need to make sense of what is happening in the world.

GEOG 308 Introduction to Geospatial Technologies

Mondays and Wednesdays 2:00 - 3:15 PM

Learn how Global Positioning Systems (GPS), Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and Remote Sensing (RS) are shaping how we study our world. . Through hands-on practice, you will become familiar with these three key technologies, widely used by scholars and professionals across a vast array of fields, including urban planning, agriculture, transportation, public health, environmental planning, and economic development.

Prereq: GEOG 101

GEOG 350 People and Environment in Latin America

Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:00 - 3:15 PM

How have relationships between humans and environments shaped Latin America? We look across time—from pre-conquest indigenous societies to the modern day—to understand people and place across diverse ecosystems. From cloud forests, to coastal desert communities, to rainforests, to glaciated peaks, we look at the how humans have adapted to these unique environments and the challenges faced today and in the past. Topics include responses to natural disasters, mining, agriculture, and managing forest resources.

Last Updated: 1/9/23