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Human Geography, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #93 (WUR) , MI,
The Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Geography provides comprehensive academic training in the human dimensions of the environment, particularly how people are affected by the environment, and how they alter and change it. Geographic knowledge is essential for understanding rapid social and environmental change in a globalized society.


Human geographers describe, analyze, and explain the arrangement of the Earth’s cultures. With training in both the natural and social sciences, human geographers have a wide range of career opportunities in public and private sectors. They find work in consulting, government, urban and regional planning, locational analysis, marketing, real estate, tourism, transportation, and teaching. Geographers are increasingly in demand for jobs that require expertise in geospatial techniques, such as geographic information systems (GIS), global positioning systems (GPS), remote sensing, and cartography.

The discipline of geography, as the study of place and space, concerns itself with the analysis and explanation of the occurrence, distribution, and interrelationships of physical and cultural patterns on the earth’s surface. The discipline is also interested in how the earth’s physical and human landscapes change over time. Geography can be classified both as a social science and a natural science as it examines human beings and their environment and serves as a bridge between the physical and cultural worlds. The undergraduate program is designed to prepare students for various careers in business, industry, education and government.

Strengths of the department include physical geography (climate, geomorphology, soils, vegetation), economic geography, environmental change, spatial technologies (GIS, remote sensing, cartography), health/medical geography, urban geography, and nature-society interactions.

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:
  • Geographic Information Laboratory
  • Introduction to Quantitative Methods for Geographers
  • Introduction to Economic Geography
  • Introduction to Human Geography
  • Geography of the United States and Canada
  • Geography of Michigan and the Great Lakes Region
  • Geography of Latin America
  • Geography of Europe
  • Geography of Asia-Pacific
  • Geography of Africa
  • Geography of the Middle East and North Africa

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • 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. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • 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. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • 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.

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Academic Requirements

  • Complete MSU’s application for admission online, including the required personal statement.
  • Pay the $75 nonrefundable application fee.
  • Request that all secondary schools, colleges or universities attended and examination boards send original or attested copies of all transcripts, diplomas, mark sheets and certificates directly to Michigan State University in an official, sealed envelope.
  • Have the testing agency (TOEFL, IELTS, SAT, MSUELT or MELAB accepted).
  • International students are encouraged, though not required, to submit SAT or ACT scores.
  • Do not send letters of recommendation, photographs, portfolios or additional personal essays.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    39461 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 39461 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    14516 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14516 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for East Lansing

  • 1000 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

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