Areas of employment for geography graduates include:
- municipal, provincial and federal government
- community economic development agencies
- city or regional planning firms
- social and community service organizations
- parks and recreation departments
- international development organizations
- educational institutions
- cultural resource management agencies
- transportation planning departments
- agricultural and environmental consulting firms
- travel and tourism industry
- environmental boards and commissions
- environmental non-governmental
- organizations (ENGO’s)
- scientific foundations and policy institutes
Develop in-demand skills
Many employers are interested in the skills possessed by geography graduates, including their ability to:
- understand and communicate how human societies, cultures and economies work, and how human systems are interdependent with each other and with natural and earth systems
- explore, map, survey and analyze spatial information about populations and places in order to make sense of environmental patterns, processes and dynamics at multiple scales, from local to global
Make a difference
- produce robust and compelling research about the social, political and economic implications of Canada’s place in the world and role in world affairs
- promote environmental values and citizenship and protect Canada’s environmental heritage as both a resource for human wellbeing and an important contributor to the global ecosystem
- characterize the sources, mechanisms and consequences of social and environmental injustices in order to support collective action
- Honours: 4 years (120 credit hours)
- Advanced: 4 years (120 credit hours)
- General: 3 years (90 credit hours)
- Minor: 18 credit hours
A Bachelor of Arts in Geography provides students with the opportunity to focus in
one of three academic streams:
- Resources, Environment and Society (RS)
Students in this stream focus on the geographies of natural and human induced environmental processes in the recognition that current environmental change shapes relationships across all scales of society.
- Global Politics, Justice, and Sustainability (GPS)
Students in this stream study geography on a global scale through an integrated assessment of the links between the economic, socio-cultural, ecological and political systems that combine to shape the world we live in.
- Culture, Identity and Space (CIS)
Students in this stream study geography with an emphasis on the dynamics between identity, culture and landscapes, with a particular focus on cooperation and conflicts that produce local landscapes.
Sample course offerings
- GEOG 1280: Introduction to Human Geography
- GEOG 1290: Introduction to Physical Geography
- GEOG 1700: Social Justice in the 21st Century: Global Political Economy and Environmental Change
- GEOG 2520: Geography of Natural Resources
- GEOG 2570: Geography of Canada
- GEOG 2640: Geography of Culture and Inequality
- GEOG 3272: Social Vulnerability to Natural Hazards
- GEOG 3340: Migration and Mobility in a Globalized World
- GEOG 3730: Geographic Information Systems
- GEOG 3850: Sustainable Manitoba
- GEOG 3890: Geography and Wellness
- GEOG 4260: Sacred Lands
- GEOG 4280: Gender and the Human Environment
For full course descriptions, please visit the Academic Calendar.
Human geography embraces the study of topics as wide-ranging as:
- human-environment relationships
- social justice
- attachment to place
- recreation and tourism
- climate change
Geography students can develop fascinating, focused and challenging degree programs that will prepare them for careers in a variety of areas.
The following are minimum requirements for entry into the Bachelor of Arts in Geography program. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program.
Direct entry applicants are those who have not attended a post-secondary institution or have completed fewer than 24 credit hours at a recognized university or college.
Advanced entry applicants are those who have completed one year (24 credit hours) or more of studies in another faculty at the University of Manitoba or another recognized post-secondary institution.
If you do not meet the requirements for direct or advanced entry, you can apply for admission to University 1, the Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources or another program.
How to apply
Domestic student application fee: $100
International student application fee: $120
Applications to the University of Manitoba are completed online. To begin your application, select the "Start or continue your application" button. The online application includes several parts, and you may be required to submit transcripts, proof of English Language proficiency, and other documents.
For guidance on how to minor in Geography, talk to an academic advisor from your home faculty.
For guidance regarding how to minor in geography, talk to an academic advisor.
Admission and application inquiries
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