Jul 24, 2024  
2024/25 Combined UM UMM Undergraduate Catalog 
2024/25 Combined UM UMM Undergraduate Catalog

Geography Minor

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Academic Programs


Minimum number of credits required to earn minor: 18

GPA requirements to earn minor: Students graduating with a minor in a CLAS field must earn a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better in the courses in the minor field that are credited toward completion of the minor.

Minimum Grade requirement for courses to count towards minor:  C- or higher. 

Residency requirement: A minimum of 9 credit hours must be completed at the University of Maine.

Contact Information: Samuel Hanes, Chair, Associate Professor of Anthropology, 5773 S. Stevens Hall, (207) 581-1885, Fax: (207) 581-1823, samuel.hanes@maine.edu

The discipline of geography is an inherently interdisciplinary field of study that incorporates domain interests, theory, and methods from the social sciences, humanities, and earth sciences.  Geographers’ common focus on place, human-environment interactions, and spatial relationships integrates these diverse perspectives.  Mapping and spatial analysis are core methods that distinguish geography from many allied fields.  Geographers pursue research and teaching in areas as diverse as urban planning, cultural ecology, tourism, geomorphology, and transportation.  A particular strength in the UMaine Geography minor is its emphasis on historical geography, a subfield that explores the history of landscape and settlement, economic activity, resource exploitation, and the meaning of place and space.

The geography curriculum will appeal to undergraduates seeking a general yet practical University education.  Geographers find employment in such careers as resource management, urban and regional planning, environmental assessment, and conservation, as well as K-12 education, journalism, and the non-profit sector.  Students are urged to discuss and plan course selection with the Coordinator.

Required core class (6 credits)

One additional core course from this list:

As part of their electives, students may choose up to two (2) courses from this list:

Geographic Methods (3 credits)

One course from this list:


History majors: History majors may earn a minor in Geography, but should be aware that no course taken for the Geography minor will count toward their History major.

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Academic Programs