The Committee on Geographical Studies The University of Chicago

Undergraduate Program


The BA degree in geographical studies calls for the satisfactory completion of eleven courses, at least eight of which must be in geographical studies. These include the orientation course (GEOG 20000); an introduction to cartography and geographic information systems/GIS (GEOG 28200); the senior seminar (GEOG 29800); and at least eight additional geography courses, up to three of which may be in approved related fields. A BA thesis is prepared in connection with the senior seminar.

Summary of Requirements


All courses counted toward the geographical studies major must be taken for quality grades.

Thesis Research Travel Grants

Geographical studies students may apply for small re-imbursement grants from the Ada Espenshade Wrigley Fund in support of extraordinary travel expenses connected with research leading to their BA thesis.


Honors with Distinction are awarded to students with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher who submit a BA thesis that is judged to be truly outstanding.


Each year the Committee on Geographical Studies nominates a fourth-year student for an Outstanding Senior in Geography Award from the Illinois Geographical Society, and in addition an Award for Excellence from the National Council for Geographic Education and the Association of American Geographers.