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Geography, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Poughkeepsie, NY, United States
If you are interested in integrative problems of society, environment, policy, and sustainability, the Geography program of Vassar College provides a place to develop critical reading, writing, and analytical skills to understand these challenges.
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Many of our most interesting and urgent questions today occur at the intersection of society, space, and environment:

  • How does climate affect food production?
  • Why does uneven distribution of power and resources relate to conflict along international borders?  
  • What are the motivating forces of global economic changes and its local impacts?
  • How do planners design equitable and sustainable cities?

All of these are problems of uneven distributions of power and resources, across space and among communities. Geographers analyze how unevenness plays out in places where we live and how the flow of people, ideas, and resources changes the world. We take an integrative perspective on human and environmental systems, both of which help shape the places and problems we care about.

Students of the Geography program of Vassar College learn diverse analytical and research skills:

  • Field experience helps us understand how theory intersects with the empirical world around us.
  • GIS (geographic information systems) and mapping explain relationships among factors such as settlement patterns, resources, climate change impacts, or poverty.
  • Theoretical frameworks such as political ecology, world systems, and socio-nature give insights into power relations among places and peoples.

Careers in Geography

Broad and integrative training in Geography provide majors with excellent grounded knowledge to allow them to  go into urban planning, environmental consulting, environmental and urban policy, community development, business, law, government, GIS analysis, education, and many other careers involving community or environmental analysis.

Interested first-year students should take Geography 102, Global Geography: Place-Making in the Modern World. This course examines major contemporary issues, including environmental and climate change impacts on local communities, uneven development in the global political-economic system, the implications of nation-states and territorial boundaries, cultural landscapes, differentiated urban space, and mapping and cartographic communication.

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:

  • Earth Resource Challenges
  • Global Geography: People, Places, and Regions
  • Science and Justice in the Anthropocene
  • Earth, Environment, and Humanity
  • Public Policy and Human Environments
  • Cartography: Spatial Data Visualization with GIS

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Common Application
  • Secondary School Report and High School Transcript: To be completed and sent by your guidance counselor
  • Teacher Evaluations
  • Mid-year Grade Report Vassar requests each applicant's most recent grade report to be sent by their school counselor
  • Vassar will not require students to submit the SAT or ACT for the 2020-2021 admissions cycle, as part of a new pilot policy. Applicants will be able to decide whether or not to submit their test scores
  • If English is neither your first language nor the primary language of instruction you have used throughout secondary school (minimum of three full years in English), you should submit the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and/or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    57910 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 57910 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    57910 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 57910 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Poughkeepsie

  • 1138 - 2480 USD/month
    Living Costs

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