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Global Geography (BA) - old

Global Geography explores how human societies and physical environments are deeply connected and constantly changing. Learn how to analyze global processes including urbanization, uneven development and inequality, migration and identity formation, and environmental change. Combine approaches from the social sciences, humanities, and physical sciences to identify solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges.

As a Global Geography student, you will gain knowledge and skills through hands-on classroom activities, field- and lab-based exercises, and community engagement. You will acquire technical know-how and experience in geographical information systems, data analysis, research methods, and field techniques, while also enhancing your communication, reasoning and leadership skills to address societal and environmental issues.

Ultimately, you will be equipped with skills that will prepare you for a career in Canada and abroad in areas such as government, journalism and media, development agencies, private-sector corporations and the non-profit sector.

Students will explore these critical global issues:

  • Human migration and identity
  • Economic development and inequalities
  • Geopolitical power
  • Global urbanization
  • Flows of knowledge, culture and data
  • Changing global environments

Program Details

4 years

Full time and some part time

Fall, Winter and Summer entry

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Curriculum Highlights

First year courses

  • The Land We’re On
  • The World Today
  • Weather and Climate
  • The Dynamic Earth
  • Elective courses of your choice. These can be used to start a double major or minor with your Global Geography degree.

Sample upper year courses

  • Global Urban Geography
  • Migration and Displacement
  • Introduction to Geomatics
  • Technological Worlds: Geographies of Digital Capitalism
  • Terrestrial Ecosystems

Hands-on Learning & Field Study

  • Field Studies in Physical Geography
  • Research Design & Field Studies in Human Geography
  • On Location: The Spatial Politics of Urban Placemaking
  • Semester Abroad at the Las Nubes EcoCampus in Costa Rica

Career Possibilities

With issues of globalization, urbanization, migration, sustainability and equity at the forefront of the public consciousness, more organizations and businesses are looking to hire professionals with the technical and transferrable skills developed by studying geography.  Along with developing hands-on geographic knowledge and experiences, students utilize in-demand transferrable skills including critical thinking, analysis and interpretation of quantitative and qualitative data, and communication, which open up career possibilities.  Our graduates are working in both the public and private sectors in a variety of fields including education, business, finance and banking, science and technology, and government. 

To help you succeed, our Experiential Education Coordinator provides a variety of career support services to our students including resume assistance, interview prep, and career planning workshops, and maintains an exclusive job board just for our students.

Some sample careers include: 

  • Data Analyst 
  • Geography Teacher 
  • Conservation Interpreter 
  • Urban Planner 
  • GIS Technologist 
  • Logistics Coordinator 
  • Policy Advisor 
  • Process Analyst 
  • Transportation Planner 

Additional Details

Admission Requirements

Please note that meeting the minimum academic requirements is not a guarantee of admission. More information is available on the York University Admission Requirements page.

  • ENG4U
  • Mid to high 70s
  • Mid to high 70s
  • Overall average of 3.0 on a 4-point scale (or equivalent)
  • Overall average of 2.3 on a 4-point scale (or equivalent)

How to Apply

Deadlines can be found on the York University Future Students website.

  1. Complete an Online Application Form.
  2. Pay the application fee.
  3. Submit supporting documents through the York University online portal, MyFile.
    • Within four business days of application, you will receive a confirmation email with your nine-digit student reference number, which will allow you to access your MyFile account and upload your documents.
    • It is important to check your MyFile regularly for any documents you are required to submit and updates to the status of your application.
    • More information about supporting documents, document processing times and decision processing times is available on the I’ve Applied page.