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Minor in Geography

How do you see the future?  More of everything: food, personal electronic devices, energy, and peace between nations?  Or do you foresee more population growth, new diseases, conflict, urban sprawl, pollution, ethnic violence, and starvation?  Will there still be enough energy and clean water for your children? The world is changing at unprecedented rates, primarily because of human activity.  We live in an integrated global environmental; and, more than ever before, we need people who understand how things are linked. THAT'S WHAT GEOGRAPHERS DO!

Opportunities for increased well-being of humans and the environment abound.  On the other hand, competition for resources such as fresh water and oil is reaching crisis proportions.  Social unrest can precipitate disasters that decimate populations, destabilize governments, and may even cause armed conflict.  The future of humanity depends on skillful management of our environment.  Expert care of the environment is needed to maintain supplies of food, natural products, water, and the other resources on which life depends.  New insights into the social, economic, and urban environment can help control poverty and crime.

Geography focuses on the relationships between people and the natural world, the choices people make, the effects of past actions on people today, and the effects of today’s choices on future generations.  For example, changes in tropical forests in response to human population growth is leading to the loss of biodiversity and an increase in atmospheric greenhouse gases that contribute to warming and extreme climate events.

A minor in Geography can offer unique insights into these issues!

For information, contact Dr. Stephen Strader,


Course Requirements

The Minor in Geography consists of 5 courses and 16 credits (minimum).

Geography Minor course requirements

Contact Information

Department of Geography and the Environment
Suite G67, Mendel Science Center
Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085
Tel: (610) 519-3336
Fax: (610) 519-3338

Dr. Nathaniel B. Weston

Undergraduate Program Directors:
Dr. Steven Goldsmith (Environmental)
Dr. Stephen Strader (Geography)

Graduate Program Director:
Dr. Keith Henderson


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