The Department of Geography and Regional Studies is a genuinely global team of eleven full-time faculty members representing several countries. We are consistently ranked among the country’s best programs in urban and regional studies according to Academic Analytics.

Our research agenda is broad and dynamic, including hot topics such as: climate change, sea-level raise, disease control, freshwater management, gender inequality, biodiversity conservation, sea-level changes, ethnic geography, social inclusion, urbanization, natural disasters and hazards, food security, economic prosperity, governance, and waste management.

Our department is proud to offer an exceptional and flexible education with outstanding career advising that addresses students’ distinct learning needs, interests, aspirations, and cultural backgrounds.

Our students work in small classes, receive individualized attention, get access to endless opportunities for internships and research as early as their first year, and frequently enroll in our study abroad programs.

We provide several opportunities for our students to expand their personal networks. We organize events and invite speakers from different types of organizations to share their experiences with us. In addition, all majors receive a free membership to the American Association of Geographers covered by the Department until graduation.

For more information contact our Director of Undergraduate Studies, Dr. Imelda K. Moise (moise@miami.edu).

Undergraduate Program

Our majors are designed for students who want to become Geographers, or in other words: explorers, global citizens, and game changers.

As a geography major, students meet one-on-one with their faculty adviser every semester during advising week, and they are always welcome to talk with their adviser at any time throughout the semester whenever questions may arise.  In addition to advising students about their academic programs, the department provides timely information about internships, nationally competitive awards, and other opportunities as they arise.

BA in Geography

This is our most flexible degree program and is particularly attractive to students who wish to combine a study of geography with the pursuit of other interests. Our BA students often complete a second major in the arts, humanities, communication, business, political science, international studies, sociology, and anthropology. The BA is strongly recommended for students who want to go to a Law School or pursue graduate studies in humanities, business, communication, education, or social sciences.  Learn more about the requirements for a BA in geography.

BS in Geography

This is a more rigorous program that requires several courses in geospatial technology in additional to both basic and advanced courses in geography. Our BS students often pursue a career in geography or pair these studies with a second major in computer science, architecture, engineering, ecosystem science and policy, and biology. We specially recommend our BS for students who want to go to medical school or graduate programs in Geography and related fields such as urban planning, environmental management, sustainable development, geospatial science, and urban planning. Learn more about the requirements for a BS in geography.

Our minors are designed to students of other majors that have a deep interest in Geography. A minor in Geography will provide key analytical skills relevant to a wide range of careers focused on solving social and environmental problems.

Minor in Geography

The geography minor appeals to students who intend to pursue a degree in some other field but have a general interest in geography. It is our most flexible option. Learn more about the requirements for a geography minor.

Minor in Geospatial Technology

A geospatial technology minor helps students build skills in geospatial technologies, such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS). This minor is essential for students in fields that require modern geospatial technology skills to be competitive, such as Biology, Marine Science, Ecosystem Science and Policy, Architecture, and Engineering. Learn more about the requirements for a geospatial technology minor.

Urban Studies

The Urban Studies minor offers undergraduate students a flexible concentration in the interdisciplinary study of cities and urbanism. It is a useful complement to majors such as Geography, History, Sociology, Anthropology, Literature, International Studies, Economics, Political Science, Architecture, Communication, and Business. Learn more about the requirements for an urban studies minor.

All undergraduates at the UM must complete at least one cognate in one of the three Areas of Knowledge that compose the UM’s framework for General Education:  People & Society, Arts & Humanities, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).

The Geography major or minor fulfills the People and Society cognate requirement. Therefore, they are great options for students majoring in mathematics, natural sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics), and engineering.

The Geospatial Technology minor fulfills the STEM cognate requirement, and therefore is a great skill-building option for social science and humanities students.

In addition to our majors and minors, the Department of Geography and Regional Studies manages four related cognates:

Geospatial Technology (STEM)

Global Urbanization (People & Society)

Sustainable Cities (People and Society)

Health & Medicine in the Social Sciences (People & Society)

Middle East Politics (People & Society)