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What is Global Systems Analysis?

Geography is concerned with the relationships that exist in the world. With modern technology, the connections between economics, politics and the environment are growing stronger every day and are frequently described within the framework of globalization.  Geographers’ abilities to examine issues such as trade between nations, regional economic policies, global political networks and environmental issues give geographers an excellent understanding of global issues. Combining these understandings with geographic techniques such as cartography, GIS and remote sensing, students who pursue a concentration in Global Systems Analysis within are well suited for analyzing global geographic issues.

In Ghana -- mangoes for export to Europe
Photo: J. Saku

Hagia Sophia/Aya Sofya, Istanbul
Photo: R.A. Russo

Program Requirement

The Global Systems Analysis concentration requires 37-38 hours in geography and 9 hours in other disciplines for a total of 46-47 credit hours. Three required courses within the concentration – Geog 103 (Physical geography), Geog 104 (Human Geography)/Geog. 110 (World Regional Geography), and Math 209 (Elements of Applied Probability and Statistics) can be used to satisfy GEP requirements.

Internship Opportunities

All students in the Global are encouraged to participate in the Department of Geography’s Internship program. Students are placed with cooperating agencies that provide students with real-world work experience. By applying concepts learned in the classroom to solving practical programs, students are better able to grasp the relationship between the geographic concepts learned in the classroom and how they are applied to real-world problems.

Career and Graduate School Opportunities

Graduates of Global Systems Analysis have the potential of pursuing careers in both the public and private sectors. Possible employment opportunities include the State Department, the Central Intelligence Agency, private consulting firms, corporations, and non-governmental organization. There are opportunities for interested students to pursue graduate school.