School of Social Sciences and International Studies

Minor in Geography

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Why Choose Geography?

Students in any Wright State major may benefit from a minor in geography. With new technologies and applications making the geography major a very marketable degree today, the knowledge and skills gained in the geography minor will enhance your resume and employment opportunities. Declaring and successfully completing courses for the approved minor is certified on your official transcript upon graduation.


Geographers answer everyday questions, such as what is the best route around a highway detour to questions of survival. For example, How will we feed the world's growing population given changes in earth’s climate? Where are pockets of disease in the world and where have they spread? How does satellite data help us be safe? How does where people live affect their access to healthy food, adequate housing, and sufficient healthcare?

Our graduates work for:

  • city, township, county, state and federal agencies
  • engineering and architectural firms
  • economic development
  • intelligence gathering and interpretation organizations
  • construction and mining companies
  • forestry and natural resources conservation
  • tourism
  • climate adaption industry

Our graduates work as:

  • spatial and GIS analysts
  • real estate appraisers
  • planners
  • economic developers
  • market analysts
  • environmental educators
  • map makers
  • workforce consultants
  • energy efficiency program managers
  • security experts

View the Geography program profile for sample occupations, average salary, and employment projections.

Real-World Experience

The School of Social Sciences and International Studies offers fantastic internship opportunities to students in all majors and minors. Recent internships for our students include the Ohio Statehouse, the Dayton Foundation, the YWCA, Community Geographic Information Systems and Citizen Science Research Experiences in Belize, the City of Kettering, City of Yellow Springs, and the Federal District Court.

Service is part of our school’s culture. Through service-learning, students engage with the community, and learn as participants at events, programs, and activities. The university has earned recognition from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for advancing student learning through community engagement.

Success Stories

A passion for counties, maps, highways and exploring has lead Wright State University senior Denis Barry Jr. to a career in geography.
Jared Shank, who has degrees in geography and earth and environmental science from Wright State, searches underground for the past as a member of a metal detecting club.

Academics and Curriculum

The geography minor is comprised of 18 credit hours; two required courses; Human Geography (GEO 2100) and Physical Geography (GEO 2200) and four geography electives from which you may choose. View the checksheet below to see potential electives for the geography minor.

View Minor in Geography program information and degree requirements in the Academic Catalog.

Minor in Geography Checksheet (PDF)


If you are a current student, go to the WINGS Express Major/Minor change request form or talk to your advisor about adding a minor.


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