B.A. Geography

Major Minor Teaching Endorsement

The geography program at Concordia University, Nebraska will help you explore why places are diverse economically, politically and culturally and how humans shape and are in turn shaped by our environment. 

Here, you will combine rigorous scientific study with deeply conceptual theoretical analyses to learn more about God’s world and our place in it. You will have the opportunity for the hands-on application of geospatial technologies and will learn to map projects using Global Positioning System (GPS), Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing. You will have the opportunity to conduct and present original research on geography topics that matter to you, and experience fieldwork and travel both nationally and internationally as part of your classes. 

Geography Courses
 

120 credit hours
97% career outcome rate1
19.4 average class size2
14:1 Student to faculty rate
 

Study and build a more sustainable world! 

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Program Highlights

WHY STUDY GEOGRAPHY AT CONCORDIA? 

The geography program at Concordia University, Nebraska equips students through an integrative and broadly-based curriculum with a solid foundation in geographic principles and perspectives and the professional skills to put them into practice so that they can understand problems and implement solutions to improve God’s world. 

Serve Abroad 

Studying, learning and growing goes beyond just your classes and experiences on campus. Serving abroad equips you with global life skills that no book or classroom can match. Concordia offers many different national and international mission trips to places like Guatemala, China, Haiti and Ethiopia so you can share God’s love while serving the world and discovering a different culture.  

Learn more at cune.edu/serveabroad.  

Study Abroad 

Some of your most memorable learning experiences in college will take place outside the classroom. At Concordia, you can go on study tours, experience service-learning opportunities and earn global internships to promote your intellectual, emotional and spiritual growth. 

Learn more at cune.edu/studyabroad. 

MEET OUR EXPERT FACULTY 

As experts in geography, our faculty and instructors bring years of experience to the classroom. 

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Meet our students

Will Helmer
Seward, Nebraska

Geography at Concordia is special because you get to have a lot of experiences you wouldn’t at different universities.

Accreditation

Concordia University, Nebraska is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. 

Degree Goals

A geography program graduate from Concordia University, Nebraska will be able to:  

  • Use concepts of space, place, location, scale, borders and regions to apply a geographic approach to natural and human systems and explain causation in human-environment interactions. 
  • Explain human and environmental causes of climate change, biodiversity loss, desertification and deforestation, sea level rise, poverty and inequality, urbanization, geopolitical crises and migration. 
  • Use a combination of quantitative and qualitative geographic methods and tools such as spatial analysis, mapping and remote sensing assisted by geospatial technologies. 
  • Apply critical thinking to understand complex issues facing people, cultures and places, including comparing different perspectives, evaluating evidence and arguments and using evidence to support their conclusions 
  • Communicate efficiently, with clarity and purpose, in the language of the discipline of geography and become active, informed citizens ready to have an impact on society and the environment. 

History, Geography, Intercultural Studies and Modern Languages Minors

  • American Sign Language  
  • English as a Second Language  
  • Geography  
  • Geospatial Technology  
  • History  
  • Mandarin  
  • Missional Leadership  
  • Spanish  
  • World and Intercultural Studies 

Career Outcomes

Cartographer 

  • Measure, analyze and interpret information to create maps and charts for political, cultural and educational purposes 
  • Compile data from various surveys, reports, photographs and satellite images to prepare digital or physical maps 

GIS Analyst 

  • Analyze data and generate reports based on GIS data 
  • Design databases, support departments that use GIS information 
  • Integrate GIS with other technology 

Geographer 

  • Study the Earth and its land, features and inhabitants 
  • Examine political or cultural structures and study the physical and human geographic characteristics of regions 
  • Gather geographic data through field observations, maps, photographs, satellite imagery and census data 

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1 Recent graduates attending graduate school or employed within six months of graduation.

2Average Class Size for Representative Subject Most Aligned with Major, Over Last 5 Years.