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Global Geography (BA)

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
condominium buildings near a port

At a Glance

4 years of study

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Offered full time and some part time

Accepts applications for Fall (September), Winter (January), & Summer (May) Entry

Application Process

Our programs are open for students direct from high school, with previous post-secondary studies, international students, exchange students and mature applicants.

Learn more about our admission requirements

Tuition and Fees will be paid to York University. Please see the Undergraduate Tuition and Fees information on the Future Students Website.Entrance Awards, Scholarships and Bursaries are available each year to support your education.

We recommend reviewing funding available exclusively for our students and the funding available for all York University students

  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.

Important Note: Deadlines for each entry period (Fall, Winter & Summer) can be found on the York University Future Students website.

Hands-on Learning and Field Studies

Learning in the field is a key component in our program. Your courses will take you on location with field trips to various places in Toronto, across the Ontario and in the work place. 

student taking picture of a plant with his phone

Field Studies in Physical Geography

This course applies geographic principles and field techniques to problems in physical geography during a residential field trip of around one week. In 2021 students explored the physical geography of the Bruce Peninsula near Tobermory.

Research Design & Field Studies in Human Geography

This course puts into practice what students have learned about geographical field techniques and combines on-campus preparation, data analysis and report writing with off-campus fieldwork during which data collection and preliminary analysis are carried out. In 2021 students explored the physical geography of the Bruce Peninsula near Tobermory.

aerial view of an urban area with lots of green spaces

On Location: The Spatial Politics of Urban Placemaking

In this course, students learn through immersive on-site fieldtrips and activities, walking tours, guest talks, and discussions in public spaces and community venues across the city, providing students with a first-hand experience of the struggles, controversies, and possibilities of place-making practices.

Work Placement

Through Work Placement, students (who meet the requirements) have an opportunity to apply their classroom learning in a work placement with government, NGOs, community groups and/or businesses for credit. You will gain confidence and valuable work experience that will serve you well when launching your career post-graduation.

worker installing a solar panel

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 help, interview prep, and career planning workshops, and maintains an exclusive job board just for our students.

Sample Careers

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

Overseas Placements

Going global is optional in this program. You can choose to Study Abroad on an international Exchange program or take courses on our Semester Abroad at the Las Nubes EcoCampus in Costa Rica.

We also offer you the opportunity to complete a Global internship with York International

Las Nubes Campus

Program Curriculum

We recommend all students understand their degree requirements by referring the official York University Academic Calendar for the year they started the program. Depending on which degree you are pursuing requirements will be different. You are encouraged to meet with your Academic Advisor each year to ensure you are on track for graduation. 

Residency requirement: a minimum of 30 course credits and at least half (50 per cent) of the course credits required in each undergraduate degree program major/minor must be taken at York University.

Graduation requirement: students must successfully complete (pass) at least 120 credits which meet the Faculty's degree and program requirements with a cumulative grade point average of at least 5.00.

General education: to fulfill the environmental and urban change general education requirements students must take 12 credits general education credits as follows:

  • 6.00 credit course in Humanities (HUMA), which may be satisfied by taking EU/ENVS 1010 3.00 and EU/ENVS 1100 3.00 or any other 1000-level humanities general education course (at least 6 credits) not listed as satisfying the social science requirement.
  • 6.00 credit course in Social Science (SOSC) which may be satisfied by taking EU/GEOG 1000 6.00 or any other 1000-level social sciences general education course (at least 6 credits) not listed as satisfying the Humanities requirement.

Major credits: students will take at least 27 credits in geograhpy, including

Faculty Requirements: 6 credits to be selected as follows:

3.00 credits of capstone experiential education chosen from among:

3.00 credits in either global or regional geography chosen from

Additional Major credits: students will take at least 27 credits, 9 credits must be at the 3000 level and 18 credits must be at the 4000 level chosen from among:

Upper-level credits: at least 18 credits in the major must be at the 4000 level. This requirement is met by satisfying the Additional Major Credits requirement, above.

Credits outside the major: at least 48 credits. (Note: students who are completing a double major or major/minor are deemed to have fulfilled some of this requirement.

To enrol in the research-based course EU/ENVS 4000 6.00; EU/ENVS 4001 3.00 (cross-listed to EU/GEOG 4001 3.00); EU/ENVS 4001 6.00 (cross-listed to EU/GEOG 4001 6.00EU/ENVS 4800 3.00EU/GEOG 4000 6.00 (cross-listed to SC/GEOG 4000 6.00); EU/GEOG 4420 3.00EU/GEOG 4520 3.00 or EU/GEOG 4541 3.00 (cross-listed to SC/GEOG 4541 3.00), students must successfully complete (pass) six credits of methods courses requirements with a B+ (7.00) overall cumulative grade point average by the end of their third year (completion of 84-90 credits) to be approved in June prior to enrolling in this course.

A Double Major option in Environmental Arts and Justice can be pursue jointly with an Honours program in the Faculty of Environmental and Urban CA Double Major option in Environmental Arts and Justice can be pursue jointly with an Honours program in the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change, the Faculty of Health, the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, the Faculty of Science, the School of Arts, Performance, Media and Design, Glendon College or where a Double Major is offered to students whose degree program allows completion of a Double Major.

Major credits: students will take at least 21 credits in environmental studies, including

3.00 credits in either global or regional geography chosen from

Additional Major credits: students will take at least 27 credits, 9 credits must be at the 3000 level and 12 credits must be at the 4000 level chosen from among:

Note: in a double major program, a course may count only once toward major credit. Students should be aware that in order to complete the requirements of the Honours double major programs it may be necessary to complete more than 120 credits.

The Honours BA Global Geography program described above may be pursued jointly with approved Honours Minor degree program in the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change, the Faculty of Health, the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, the Faculty of Science, the School of Arts, Performance, Media and Design, Glendon College or where a Major/Minor is offered to students whose degree program allows completion of a Minor.

Note: in a major/minor program, a course may count only once toward major credit or minor creditStudents should be aware that in order to complete the requirements of the Honours major/minor programs it may be necessary to complete more than 120 credits.

Major credits: students will take at least 15 credits in geography, including

3.00 credits in either global or regional geography chosen from

Additional Major credits: students will take at least 15 credits, 9 credits must be at the 3000 level and 6 credits must be at the 4000 level chosen from among:

Note: in a major/minor program, a course may count only once toward major or minor credits. Students should be aware that in order to complete the requirements of the Honours major/minor programs it may be necessary to complete more than 120 credits.

Residency requirement: a minimum of 30 course credits and at least half (50 per cent) of the course credits required in each undergraduate degree program major/minor must be taken at York University.

Graduation requirement: students must successfully complete (pass) at least 90 credits which meet the Faculty's degree and program requirements with a cumulative grade point average of at least 4.00.

General education: to fulfill the Environmental and Urban Change general education requirements students must take 18 credits general education credits as follows:

  • 6.00 credit course in Humanities (HUMA), which may be satisfied by taking EU/ENVS 1010 3.00 and EU/ENVS 1100 3.00 or any other 1000-level humanities general education course (at least 6 credits) not listed as satisfying the social science requirement.
  • 6.00 credit course in Social Science (SOSC) which may be satisfied by taking EU/GEOG 1000 6.00 or any other 1000-level social sciences general education course (at least 6 credits) not listed as satisfying the Humanities requirement.

Major credits: students will take at least 27 credits in geograhpy, including

Faculty Requirements: 6 credits to be selected in accordance of:

3.00 credits chosen from among: EU/ENVS 3010 3.00EU/GEOG 2340 3.00or EU/GEOG 3520 3.00

3.00 credits in either global or regional geography chosen from

Additional Major credits: students will take at least 18 credits, 9 credits must be at the 3000 level and 9 credits must be at the 4000 level chosen from among:

Upper-level credits: at least 18 credits in the major must be at the 3000-level and 4000-level. This requirement is met by satisfying the Additional Major Credits requirement, above.

Credits outside the major: at least 30 credits.