The Geography program at Castleton University is a great fit if you are interested in continuing your education through graduate studies or entering a professional career in government, business, law, or education.
The Geography program specializes in cultural, historical, and environmental geography as well as in geography education. The department offers a major-by-contract and a minor in geography.
Those who study geography will find a wide range of opportunities open to them.
Many Castleton Geography majors and minors have become teachers or moved on to graduate programs in geography, meteorology, economics, history, political science, or ethnic studies.
A Geography degree can also lead to employment in the following industries:
At the federal and multinational levels, geographers are valued for their ability to collect, analyze, and convey spatial information. They can be found in law enforcement agencies such as the FBI, information gathering and mapping agencies including the CIA, the United Nations, Diplomatic Corps, Peace Corps, Department of the Interior, Parks Service, historic preservation, National Register, National Archives, United States Geologic Survey, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and even NASA.
Depending on one’s concentration within the field, geographers possess skills necessary to work in town, city, and regional planning, town management, historic preservation, state parks, and in-state agencies related to agriculture, tourism, education, and commerce.
Geographers may be found as formal and informal educators, environmental scientists, researchers, archivists, and mappers/information specialists in a variety of nonprofit settings, particularly ones dedicated to environmental protection, political causes, and educational support (including museums and research libraries).
Geography provides excellent preparation for law school, particularly in the areas of environmental and municipal law
Geographers often work in both small businesses and large corporations in locational analysis, historic preservation, landscape interpretation, and other areas that require strong research, communications, and analytical skills.
Highly-focused Geography majors can also take advantage of our 3+2 program with Vermont Law School, which allows you to earn a Bachelor’s degree in just three years at Castleton and a Juris Doctor (JD) degree in just two years at VLS.
Past students have benefitted from the following opportunities: