The Geography Program at Illinois State is the second oldest in the country. It is a relatively small program, with nine full-time professors and one full-time instructor who emphasize undergraduate education. The department is one of sixteen departments in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Students may earn B.A. or B.S. degrees in Geography, or a B.S. in Geography Education. Regardless of the major track, students also develop and exercise critical thinking, writing, and quantitative skills. The major curriculum provides a balance between traditional liberal arts and technical and analytical skills. Technical skills in cartography and GIS are especially popular among our students.
All Geography majors, except those who student teach as their capstone experience, must complete at least four weeks (160 clock hours) of internship work. Almost all interns perform their assignments in the summer and work for more hours than the minimum because it is advantageous, both to the intern and the cooperating firm or agency, that the student be aboard for as long as possible.
The department maintains 3 computer labs equipped with latest hardware and software packages for current applications in physical and human geography.