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Geography, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #24 (WUR) Evanston, IL, United States
The Geography program of Northwestern University studies the concept of “environment” at the very heart of geographical study because it is human society that is environed by the physical world. Geography emphasizes that the physical and the human should be studied together.
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The Geography program of Northwestern University allows students who elect to major or minor in geography come from virtually all fields of study in the university, including engineering, economics, earth science, environmental sciences, education, journalism, and anthropology. Many have found that geography makes an excellent subject to present along with their other studies and skills when applying for jobs or seeking admission to graduate and professional schools.

Program highlights

The Program in Geography offers three types of courses to students who seek knowledge about the physical earth and its various modes of human occupancy. Introductory courses develop global perspectives on environments that are relevant to many social and physical science fields. Courses in regional geography present a unique way of understanding how nature and culture have interacted over time to give character to specific places or regions. Advanced courses focus on the concepts and techniques of professional geography, especially on the construction of maps and on the uses of maps in solving geographical problems.

Those who wish to specialize in geographical studies may elect to do so by completing either the adjunct major or the minor. The adjunct major requires students to complete a major in some other field in addition to their geographical studies.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Geography
  • Economic Geography
  • World Biogeography
  • Geography of Chicago and Its Region
  • North America
  • Principles of Cartography

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Common Application or Coalition Application
  • Official secondary school transcript and school report
  • Counselor recommendation
  • At least one teacher recommendation
  • SAT or ACT scores
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores (ONLY required for international applicants whose first language is not English or whose schooling has not been in English)
  • Nonrefundable application fee of $75 or application fee waiver
  • Early Decision Agreement (ONLY Early Decision applicants)
  • Midyear transcript
  • Music audition (ONLY School of Music applicants)
  • Required for homeschooled applicants ONLY: 3 SAT subject tests 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    56232 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56232 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    56232 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56232 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Evanston

  • 1100 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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