The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's transnational geographies bachelor's degree is intended for those who are interested in cultural difference, social justice, ethnographic field research, working abroad, or for those who desire strong preparation for graduate programs in human/cultural geography or anthropology.
The curriculum within the major is interdisciplinary and all-encompassing. Throughout the program, you'll learn the tools, techniques, practices and core fundamentals of a variety of geographical areas, including basic geography, transnational geography, physical geography, human geography, human-environmental geography and regional geography. Dozens of electives within those areas allow you to pursue multiple passions and study the topics that most interest you.
Coursework incorporates cultures and environments from across the globe. You'll learn from expert, dedicated professors who regularly travel to different countries to bring their international perspectives right to you. You'll also have plenty of opportunities to join them by studying abroad, participating in a faculty-led field study or enrolling in a cultural immersion program.
One of the few programs of its kind, our transnational geographies degree illustrates how geography impacts nations across the world — and transforms you into a truly global citizen.
There are currently thousands of dollars in scholarships available for students seeking a geography degree from UW-Eau Claire. For example, the George Simpson Geography Incoming Student Scholarship awards six $1,000-$1,500 scholarships to students majoring in geography. Another scholarship, the George Simpson Geography/Anthropology International Study Abroad Scholarship, offers multiple $350 awards to geography students who wish to study abroad.
Learn more about additional scholarships and resources available to you by checking out our scholarships page.
Financial aid at UW-Eau Claire
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Transnational geographies program details
- Program length: four years
- Offered: in person
- Campus: Eau Claire
- This major does not require a minor.
- Students majoring in this program may choose either a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS) degree.
- Geography and Anthropology Club
- Gamma Theta Upsilon
Energized, supportive environment. UWEC faculty and staff take great pride in their roles as educators and mentors and are dedicated to helping you find a career path you love. The geography and anthropology department has also built a large community of alumni who enjoy giving back to UWEC by providing guidance, collaboration and employer connections to current students. This network can help you you make valuable professional contacts and get your foot in the door at places where you may want to work.
Inspirational world travels. Take what you learn from our expert professors and experience it firsthand. Countless opportunities to explore the world are available to you at UWEC. Study the geographical distribution of plants and animals of the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador, uncover the impact of world wars on soils in France, learn about cultural and food geographies in Turkey or explore Yosemite National Park in coastal California and the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Take it from our grads: These travels will change your perspective of the world and stay with you for the rest of your life.
State-of-the-art tools and technology. Here, you'll have the chance to work with the same tools and technology professionals use out in the field today. Learn how to operate equipment like unmanned aerial systems (UAS), global positioning system (GPS) and ground-penetrating radar (GPR). It’s experiences like these that set you apart from other candidates when applying for jobs.
Innovative facilities. The university library is also a federal map depository, with a collection of over 92,000 maps in its Simpson Map Library, which can be used for research and study. In addition, the geography and anthropology department has two computer labs dedicated to geospatial science (cartography, GIS and remote sensing) and is well-regarded for its interdisciplinary work with departments across campus.
Unparalleled research opportunities. Our geography and anthropology department offers you the chance to contribute to the field of geography in meaningful and lasting ways. Alongside faculty, you’ll have opportunities to participate in groundbreaking research, bringing your findings back to labs equipped with top-notch tools and industry-standard software. Many students go on to present their discoveries at both regional and national competitions.
The flexibility of our transnational geographies major gives you the chance to become an expert in multiple areas — and opens doors to endless career paths. The unique major is an excellent choice for students interested in graduate studies or employment in the areas of civic governance and policies, transnational work in the public or private sectors and nonprofit work in developmental organizations.
With geography experts needed in a variety of organizations and industries, our graduates have no problem finding employment upon graduation.
Where are transnational geographies alumni now?
- Program coordinator, Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation, Washington
- Owner and guide, Solstice Adventure Co., Wisconsin
- Program food manager, Goodman Community Center, Wisconsin
- ESL teacher, Victor Jara Public School, Spain
- Erasmus and exchange coordinator, Ulm University, Germany
- GIS specialist, Farmers Conservation Alliance, Oregon
- Program pilots manager, Reading and Math Inc., Minnesota
- Intern, AmeriCorps FEMA Program, Wisconsin
- Graduate student, Western Michigan University, Michigan
Transnational geographies careers
- Social justice and human rights policy analyst
- City planner/developer
- GIS analyst
- Community development planner
- NGO project manager
- Community outreach specialist
- Urban designer
- Environmental hazards specialist
- Market researcher
Students majoring in transnational geographies will take core geography classes, multiple electives in advanced geography approaches and classes specific to the study of transnational geographies. A required capstone seminar integrates theory and methodology, quantitative and cartographic techniques and fieldwork. Students can expect to enhance their skills in literature review, research design, data collection and presentation.
Classes for geography majors might include:
- The Physical Environment
- Human Geography
- Conservation of the Environment
- Foundations of Geography
- Space, Society, Subject
- Indigenous Theory and Methodologies
- Experiences of Minoritized Groups in U.S. Economy
- Latin America Since Independence
- Women and World Religions
- World Regional Geography: Diversity and Globalization
- Legal Geographies of Race in the United States
Learn more about the comprehensive transnational geographies major in the UWEC course catalog.
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