Are you fascinated by the interactions between the natural world and its human inhabitants? As a Geography major at the University of Central Arkansas (and part of the only Geography department in the state), you’ll study the physical and human processes that shape our dynamic planet through a diverse curriculum, which includes courses in cultural and historical geography, environmental and city planning, global and regional studies, cartography, remote sensing, and geographic information systems (GIS). You’ll learn to use cutting-edge technologies to analyze, model, and visualize spatial processes. Graduates from our program are prepared to pursue careers as environmental resource planners, urban and regional planners, computer mapping specialists, programmers, GIS specialists, and market analysts.
As a Geography major at UCA, you’ll have access to all of the distinct advantages that make the UCA experience special. Just a few of the benefits of our program include:
- Expert Faculty who contribute their diverse specializations to a teaching-focused classroom environment. Our instructors are deeply committed to the success of their students and provide individual attention, a network of connections within the geography community, and mentoring for internships, undergraduate research, and employment opportunities.
- Hands-On Learning including class projects for local agencies and industries, service learning and undergraduate research opportunities with area environmental organizations, and even potential study abroad experiences. Our program also offers internships, often leading to paid positions, which provide our students with practical experience, professional connections, and a proven work record, at sites like the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, the Arkansas Soil and Water Conservation Commission, Pulaski Area GIS, U.S. Forest Service, and Conway City Planning.
- Educating for Global Engagement (EDGE) offers internships, undergraduate research, service learning, and study abroad opportunities, such as travel to the British Isles, France, and Italy. To find out more about the possibilities associated with this program, visit the EDGE webpage at: http://uca.edu/liberalarts/edgeplan/.
- Student Organizations including the Geography Club, which promotes geographic sciences through outdoor activities, educational experiences, tutoring, and workshops; the Environmental Alliance, which hosts speakers on environmentally important issues as well as campus-wide environmental activities; and the Gamma Theta Upsilon International Honor Society for geography students, which encourages intellectual and professional growth within the discipline.
- Employment Opportunities are vast in the 30 billion dollar a year Geo-Spatial industry. Recent alumni have begun their careers with the Department of Homeland Security, Southwest Energy, the Arkansas Highway Department, and Little Rock Community Planning, just to name a few.
To learn more about the exciting opportunities for personal and professional development available to you through the Geography major at the University of Central Arkansas, visit http://uca.edu/geography/.