Geography (School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning)

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The College

Geography's intellectual traditions bridge natural science, social science, and humanities. Thus, we offer degrees that allow a student to emphasize the natural and social sciences (B.S.) or humanistic and cultural studies (B.A.). Geography encompasses many topics ranging from local, community scales to the global, international realm. We also have a certificate program in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), which is a valuable skill in today's marketplace. For more information on the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning please visit

Special activities for Geography majors include the Geography Club and Honors Society, Internship Opportunities, and other activities.

Any Barrett student who is considering majoring or minoring in Geography should contact the lead FHA.

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Faculty Honors Advisors

David Sailor

Thesis/Creative Projects: 

Given the highly interdisciplinary nature of the Geography program, opportunities for honors theses are quite varied, including quantitative as well as qualitative research. Consistent with the Barrett requirements, students will work with a two-person thesis committee (thesis director and a 2nd reader).

Academic Preparation: 

There is no specific academic preparation required for students pursuing an honors thesis in Geography. However, thesis directors may recommend specific courses that are particularly relevant to the research topics being pursued by their students. Interested students should visit the Geography Honors Brochure to learn more about specific opportunities with individual faculty members.

Other Honors Opportunities: 

Students are encouraged to coordinate with instructors of individual courses to pursue Honors Contracts.