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Geography is SO much more than continents and state capitols! Fundamentally, geographers are interested in the relationship between humans and their environment. Do you want to learn more about the problem of global poverty and food insecurity? Do you want to learn more about challenges and solutions to climate change?


If you are eager to better understand these kinds of issues, Geography is the program for you! Geographers study how people impact the environment and in turn how the environment impacts people. Geography’s perspective is inherently spatial, meaning that geographers are interested in how people’s relationships with each other and the environment occur at a variety of scales from the local to the global. 


Geographers use a variety of cutting-edge techniques to study topics like agriculture, cities, wealth, poverty, culture, population, landforms, politics, economics, climate, ecology to name just a few examples. Techniques include but are not limited to computerized geographic information systems, cartography (map-making), remote sensing, and interviews with research subjects.


The Honors Tutorial program in Geography offers you an unparalleled opportunity to explore the breadth of this dynamic interaction between people and their environment, while at the same time, gaining depth and proficiency in a subfield of your interest. Are you interested in researching climate change adaptation in the developing world? Are you interested in researching innovative ways to create green space in densely settled cities? You can pursue these specific interests and so many more in the tutorial program in Geography. 


Our Geography HTC program prepares talented and highly motivated students like you for employment in the public sector (government work), private sector (both nonprofit and for-profit organizations), and for graduate studies. As a student in our program, you have a great deal of flexibility in choosing your concentration of study. The Honors Tutorial Program in Geography also offers several concentrations that can be tailored to suit your interests, too:

Environmental Geography

This program provides students concentrated study of the Earth's physical systems and human interactions with the environment. Environmental geography students explore topics such as environmental planning, design, and restoration, as well as environmental assessment and monitoring, resource management, natural areas preservation, and outdoor and environmental education. Students completing the program will develop competencies in a broad array of subjects spanning the natural and social sciences, as well as complementary analytical technique.


Dr. Dyer helps his student perform a tree core for analysis.

Dr. Dyer helps his student perform a tree core for analysis.



Geography student studies local livelihood strategies in Tanzania.

Geography student studies local livelihood strategies in Tanzania.


Urban and Regional Planning for Sustainability



This special curriculum is designed to provide students interested in sustainability urban futures with the conceptual and analytical tools for understanding and creating solutions for complex and increasingly urbanized world. Courses emphasize ecological social, political, and historical aspects of planning just, equitable, and therefore sustainable cities.



Urban green spaces make cities more livable and sustainable


Coal Power Plant

Coal-fired power plants fuel cities but contribute to climate change.


Geographic Information Science

Geographic Information Science provides students with a rigorous and intensive set of analytical and computational skills. GIScience students gain a background in the fields of geographic information systems, cartography, remote sensing, and quantitative methods which makes them highly adept at identifying, analyzing, and creating solutions to real-world problems. Students who pursue this concentration frequently work with businesses, government, non-profit, and planning agencies around the world following graduation.




Goegraphic Information Science


General Geography


Of course students wanting to enroll in the Honors Tutorial Program in Geography do not have to pursue their studies in the above mentioned concentrations. Students are also encouraged to tailor and pursue their own concentration with the HTC Geography Director of Study. The Geography Department at Ohio University has 15 full-time faculty working in both the natural and social sciences. This means that the Geography Department has significant Breadth and depth of expertise to assist you in crafting a course of study that will challenge and reward you academic curiosity and dedication.


Geography Faculty

Geography Department Faculty from left to right: Dr Dorothy Sack, Dr Harold Perkins, Dr Geoff Buckley, Dr Gaurav Sinha, Dr Tom Smucker, Dr. Ryan Fogt, Dr. Edna Wangui, Dr. Amy Rock, Dr. Jim Lein, Dr. Tim Anderson, Dr. Jim Dyer, Dr. Risa Whitson, Dr. Brad Jokisch, Dr Yeong Kim. Not Pictured Dr. Jana Hourser.


An Educational Experience Centered on Tutorials

Over the Course of the four-year program, students enroll in one tutorial per semester, including one fixed content introductory seminar -- Geography 5000: Research and Writing -- taken in their first semester. In their fourth year, students use their final two tutorials to conduct original research and write a thesis. All other tutorials are "electives" that are selected in consultation with the student's advisor and the program Director of Studies (DOS). One of these may be taken from a department or college outside of geography. In addition, students also take upper-level classes in geography and cognate fields in accordance with an academic plan agreed upon by the student, his or her academic advisor, and the DOS.



With regard to tutorial electives, the options available to students reflect the diverse teaching and research interests of the program's faculty. These interests span a broad range of systematic and technical specializations, including nature and society studies; cultural and political ecology; geographic information science and remote sensing; environment and development; international migration; gender and development; environmental planning; rural livelihoods and urban environments; landscape ecology; biogeography and landforms; and meteorology and climate among others. Geographers at Ohio University explore these fields in a variety of regional contexts around the world, including Latin America, Southeast Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Western Europe, North America, and Antarctica. Students may elect to build tutorials around these broad themes or construct more narrowly-focused inquiries depending on their individual needs and interest.


Eight tutorials, seven of which must be in Geography, are required. A Senior Thesis also must be completed under the direction of a faculty advisor and approved by the DOS and the Dean of the Honors Tutorial College. In addition, students are expected to take a minimum of six upper-division Geography courses, including one each from the program's human, physical, and technique offerings. Additional courses in cognate fields are recommended, selected in consultation with the faculty advisor. 


The deadline for applications is December 1. Interviews are held in January.

Additional Information

Dr. Harold Perkins

Department of Geography 

Ohio University

Clippinger Labs 111

Athens, OH 45701




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