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Global warming. Drought. Air quality. Conflicts in the Middle East. The physical setting and cultural conditions in every environment greatly influence events and our understanding of them. The study of geography helps us make sense of all these interrelationships.

Pursuing our human geography concentration as part of our bachelor’s degree in geography will prepare you for a career studying the nature of place and analyzing these global relationships. Human geographers study subjects such as how humans use and perceive space and how they create and maintain places.

As a graduate of our program, you’ll be well prepared for a variety of fulfilling, well-compensated roles in both the private and public sectors.

What You Will Learn

With our bachelor’s degree in human geography, you will learn the basics of physical and social geography.

You’ll learn more about:

  • cartography
  • geographic information systems (GIS)
  • remote sensing
  • systematic geography
  • regional geography

What It’s Like to Major in Geography at Ball State

The great thing about Ball State’s geography programs is that you get exposure to everything we offer. You will be cross-trained in all of our major options because the core classes for each are similar.

We want you to be knowledgeable about all areas of geography because the more knowledge you have, the more in demand you will be professionally.

Private industry employers seek geographers as location analysts, marketing analysts, planning directors, travel planners, and researchers.

Having a variety of skills will help you pursue an advanced degree, get a promotion at work, or switch careers. 

Our high-tech labs feature state-of-the-art equipment that is constantly updated.

Being able to use this professional equipment, coupled with the skills you learn, will help you build a rewarding future career.

At our Geographic Information Science (GIS) Laboratory, we have the latest GIS software, including ArcGIS, the industry standard.

Meanwhile, our Meteorology and Climatology Lab is the focal point for the analysis of real-time meteorological and climatological data. Four televisions run different weather broadcasts to keep you up to date. And we have an archive of local weather records dating back to 1932. 

 At Ball State, you’re not just a number. With class sizes averaging 20 to 25 students, you will enjoy a high level of interaction with our faculty.


Our graduate students also benefit from having small classes by being able to do more research with us or with grant funding. Our graduate courses usually have fewer than 10 students in a class, and many of our students say that makes for a great learning environment.

Hands-on experience is a great way to learn your craft and at Ball State, we give you several opportunities to get up close and personal with geography and all of its options. Immersive learning is the hallmark of a Ball State education. Immersive learning is all about working with people outside your major and solving real-world problems—a key skill for landing that first job.

Our students who participate in immersive learning say it enhances what they learn in class and gives them insight into real-world problems—and real-world solutions. When you participate in an immersive learning project, you work with a faculty mentor to solve your team's problem and present a tangible product such as a book, DVD, or business plan.

Doing research early in your college career is what will set you apart from the competition. We encourage all of our students to engage in research as soon as possible.

Whether it’s working on an in-class project such as mapmaking or monitoring storms or helping professors with their research, you will get lots of hands-on experience here. 

Program Requirements

Completing our program will earn you a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science in geography with a concentration in human geography.

This highly structured program requires 51 credits of study on top of the University Core Curriculum for all students. You’ll take core courses for all geography majors and several that are unique to your concentration.

Credits Required

Total to Graduate: 120

  • Core Major Courses: 15
  • Concentration Courses: 36
  • University Core Courses: 69


The core classes for all geography students will cover topics such as global geography, map reading and graphics, and intro to geographic information systems.

A few of the classes you will take as part of this concentration include:

  • GEOG 120 Economic Geographies of Globalization
  • GEOG 320 Immigration and Ethnic Geographies of the U.S.
  • GEOG 323 Tourism and Geography of Food
  • GEOG 423 Population Geography

You’ll also take two courses that each focus on a specific region of the world.

For a complete list of all courses and their descriptions, please see our Course Catalog.

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What Can You Do with a Degree in Human Geography?

With a degree in human geography, you will have the opportunity to work in a variety of industries. In the private sector, jobs often include real estate, insurance, marketing, sales, and consulting. In government, employment can include:

Many of our students have gone to graduate school and earned advanced degrees in geography and related fields. Graduates in geography possess basic skills in geographic information systems (GIS), cartography, and remote sensing technologies. These are all currently in demand from a wide array of employers.

Paying for Your Education

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One of the best ways to understand why Ball State stands out is to come see it for yourself. You can schedule a visit through our Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Make sure to tell them you’re interested in our program. Or if you’d like to speak with someone in our department directly by phone or email, please contact us.

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