Phone: (845) 257-2995
Location: Hanmer House
Web address: www.newpaltz.edu/geography
The Department of Geography offers a comprehensive liberal arts major designed to prepare students for graduate study in geography or for employment in fields actively seeking geographers. Geography majors wishing to work with the environment may take environmental geography courses as electives, possibly with a minor in environmental sciences and a geography internship. Those wishing to study people, cultures, and environments may wish to take regional or cultural geography courses as electives, possibly alongside study abroad or a minor in a foreign language. Students in the early childhood and childhood education dual certification (B-6) program may select a geography major, while those in the adolescence (7-12) program may select geography courses as part of the social studies major in the education curriculum. The department also offers an emphasis in planning for students who wish to undertake graduate study in planning or to obtain employment in that field. A Geographic Information System (GIS) sequence is offered in addition to courses in Cartography and Remote Sensing.
For those majoring in other fields, a minor in Geography is available.
In addition, the department cooperates in various programs, such as Environmental Studies, Asian Studies, Women's Studies, and Latin American Studies. Students in the elementary education curriculum (Early Childhood B-2 and Childhood 1-6) may major in geography; students in secondary education (social studies) may select geography as an option.
To complement the academic program, the department offers an internship at several public and private agencies in the region, such as the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and Mohonk Preserve. One semester long, the internship offers students the opportunity to gain practical, on-site experience at a planning, development, or environmental protection agency.