Geography

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.

Benefits of the Geography Degree

  • Study the Earth and gain an understanding of where things happen, why they happen in specific locations, how the events relate to other events and phenomena, and why it is significant
  • Analyze and understand themes of location place, region, movement, and human-environment interactions

Career Opportunities 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:

Geography in Federal and International Government

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.

Geography in State and Local Government

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.

Geography in the Nonprofit Sector

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 in Law

Geography provides excellent preparation for law school, particularly in the areas of environmental and municipal law

Geography in the Private Sector

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.

3+2 program with Vermont Law School

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. 

Geography Outside of the Classroom

Past students have benefitted from the following opportunities:

  • Developing and teaching geography-related lessons in math, science, social studies, and English courses in area elementary schools
  • As part of the Green Campus Initiative, Cultural Geography students have maintained the campus community garden