The Geography major program that focuses on the systematic study of the spatial distribution and interrelationships of people, natural resources, plant and animal life. Includes instruction in historical and political geography, cultural geography, economic and physical geography, regional science, cartographic methods, remote sensing, spatial analysis, and applications to areas such as land-use planning, development studies, and analyses of specific countries, regions, and resources.
Please consult the UMW Undergraduate Catalog for specific and up-to-date major requirements.
Thinking About This Major?
The Center for Career & Professional Development has many tools and resources available to help you choose your major. Below are three of them:
Focus 2: A series of reliable, intuitive, career and education decision-making assessments to help students select a major, explore occupations, make informed career decisions, and take action in their career development.
Skills developed as a Geography major major (via Focus2): Designing, listening, mathematics, problem solving, reading comprehension, reasoning, troubleshooting, writing and authoring.
What Can I Do With This Major: Learn more about what you can do as a Geography major major! Some areas of career options are physical geography, planning, environmental geography, economic geography, cultural and human geography, and geographic education.
Handshake: UMW’s online career management platform that includes the latest jobs from employers hiring at your school. You can search for organizations based on major, location, job type, and many other categories.
Geography – Current Job Opportunities
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Geography – Current Internship Opportunities
Geography Graduate Data
Note: Undergraduate outcome data is collected by the UMW Career Center each year. The data is then broken down by major in order to determine how many graduates in each major are employed, attending graduate school, or pursuing a different path within 6 months of graduation.
- “knowledge rate” defines the percent of graduates for which the institution has reasonable and verifiable information concerning the graduates’ post-graduation career activities
- “career outcome rate” is the number of graduates who have landed in any of the employment categories (full-time, part-time, internship) in addition to service, military, and continuing education divided by the total number of students for whom an outcome is known.
Geography Alumni (2018-2022)
Total Graduates: 141
Knowledge Rate: 89%
Career Outcome Rate: 87%
- Employed Full-time: 52%
- Employed Part-time: 9%
- Grad School: 24%
- Military: 1%
- Seeking Employment: 13%
- Waiting on Grad School: 1%
Where do our alumni land?
Alumni Success Stories
UMW alumni are excited to help current students and other alumni succeed in their fields. Below are stories from alumni about their experiences at UMW and after.
Geography Alumni Profiles: Learn more about our successful geography alums!
- American Association of Geographers
- American Meteorological Society
- American Planning Association
- American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
- Geospatial Information and Technology Association
- National Council for Geographic Education
- American Geographical Society
- Association for GIS Professionals