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Global Geography (BA)

Global Geography addresses globalization and place-making among people in their social and physical worlds. You will learn to analyze the links between cities and the world economy, understand processes of uneven development and inequality, and learn how migration and mobility shape our politics and society. Global Geography engages climate change and environmental processes through a distinctive mix of physical science, geographical information systems (GIS), and social science. Geographers work across boundaries: thinking through problems using diverse approaches at multiple scales, from the local landscape around us to the global human impact on the earth today.

Our Global Geography program embraces the place-based aspects of the discipline and draws on global perspectives. You will study how history, economics, politics, culture and society produce inequality within human and physical geographies. 

Students will explore these critical global issues:

  • Human migration and identity
  • Economic production and consumption
  • Geopolitical power
  • Global urbanization
  • The flow of knowledge, culture and data
  • Networks of global cities
  • Environmental change

As a Global Geography student, you will earn distinctive interdisciplinary knowledge and skills through hands-on classroom activities, field- and lab-based exercises, and community engagement. You’ll gain technical know-how and experience in geographic analysis, methodological approaches and spatial thinking while enhancing your communication, reasoning and leadership skills to address environmental and societal issues.

Ultimately, you will acquire the key geographical skills of spatial analysis and critical thinking that will equip 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.

Program Details

4 years

Full time and some part time

Fall, Winter and Summer entry

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Sample Courses

  • Introduction to World Geography
  • Urban Geography
  • Nations and Nationalism
  • Disaster! Earth’s Extreme Events
  • Advanced Field Studies in Physical Geography
  • Learn more

Career Paths

  • GIS analyst
  • Economic development officer
  • Government policy analyst
  • Geography teacher
  • Media/Current Affairs reporter

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.