Senior Honors Thesis, Internships, and Independent Studies
Participating in the Geography Honors program will allow you to graduate with honors or highest honors in the geography major. To qualify for honors, students must have a minimum GPA of 3.300, and a minimum GPA of 3.4 in Geography courses.
Honors students must write a Senior Honors Thesis. Topics are developed with a faculty member who has skills and expertise in that topic area. Interested students are encouraged to discuss their ideas with faculty who work on corresponding themes and topics. Candidates will enroll in two courses (691H and 692H) in their Senior year. During that time, students will write an honors thesis, which will be approved by the sponsoring faculty member and one additional faculty member from any department on campus. Additional information about the senior honors thesis can be found here , or by speaking with the Director of Undergraduate Studies in Geography. If you don’t know what an honors thesis might look like, the Writing Center offers some guidelines.
Internships (Geography 493, 3 credits)
Students may receive course credit for relevant internships by registering for Geography 493. This is open to juniors and seniors who are Geography majors The internships will combine substantive geographic work experience with an academic project, closely overseen by a faculty member. If a student is interested in pursuing an internship, they should first discuss the possibility with a faculty member.
Independent Study (Geography 296)
Under the supervision of a faculty member, a student may complete a special reading and research program. A learning contract must be completed by the student and approved by the faculty member and department. Find the form here: Learning contract independent study