2018 - 2019

Geography is the study of the earth’s surfaces and their relationship with the world’s cultures. At Memorial, geography aims to teach students how to investigate environment systems from human and physical perspectives by examining the integration of nature and spatial organization of the world. The department of geography aims to teach students theories, methods and analytical techniques applicable to a wide range of questions and broad spectrum of occupations and to foster a spirit of inquiry about geography. Research in geography at Memorial encompasses both local and international interests, such as but not limited to the Arctic, coastal governance, electronic waste, Labrador highlands, marine habitat mapping, northern mining, and urban pollution history.



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STUDIES

To earn a Bachelor of Arts you must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours including the following degree components: core requirements, major or honours program, minor or second major, and electives

In your first 30 credit hours, take your first GEOG major courses GEOG 1050 and two of GEOG 2001, GEOG 2195, GEOG 2102, GEOG 2302 and/or GEOG 2425.

Consult the University Calendar for program descriptions, degree regulations, course descriptions, important dates, and everything else academic. Work towards the completion of the core requirements for the BA. Record your progress in the degree tracker.

Learn about declaring your program by visiting iDeclare or by emailing reghelp@mun.ca.

In your next 30 to 60 credit hours, take GEOG 2226 and three of the remaining GEOG 2001, GEOG 2195, GEOG 2102, GEOG 2302 and/or GEOG 2425.

Consider pursuing the Geographic Information Sciences diploma. 

Finalize the BA core requirements (CRW, LS, and QR). Declare your minor or double major. Consult departmental liaisons and the University Calendar, including the general undergraduate academic regulations and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences regulations. If you are looking for more academic credentials, consider applying for admission into an honours program.

As part of your 60 to 90 credit hours, take GEOG 3222GEOG 3226 and two or three GEOG courses at the 3000 level.

Note: You can specialize in cultural, economic or physical geography, resource management, cartography, geographic information systems or remote sensing through 3000 and 4000 level GEOG courses.

Cross-check your degree advice with the University Calendar regulations, contact your department for information about honours programs regulations/requirements, and seek a potential honours essay supervisor with similar research interests.

 

In your final 90 to 120 credit hours, take three or four GEOG courses at the 4000 level and one or two courses at the 3000 level

Ensure that your Breadth of Knowledge requirement of the BA core requirements has been fulfilled. Submit your application by January 15 for spring graduation or July 15 for fall graduation through Memorial Self-Service under Graduation menu options.

 

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CAREER

Pondering your future career interest?

Take action. Register for Artsworks, a free career development program designed for Humanities and Social Sciences students.

Explore career interests related to your major(s). Seek opportunities to network in your community.

Prepare for life after graduation.

INVOLVEMENT

Go to departmental welcome event and Geography society (MUGS) mixer.

Attend Geography events or other Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences events.

Seek opportunities to attend academic conferences through the department or through the Canadian Association of Geographers (CAG).

Think globally about your academic involvement through the Canadian Cartographic Association (CCA).

GO ABROAD

Consider Going Abroad and develop a plan with the go abroad coordinator.

Review your plan with the go abroad coordinator.

  • Meet with department advisor to ensure you are academically on track to study abroad
  • Know application deadlines and apply early

Prepare for departure with the go abroad coordinator.

  • Attend pre-departure orientation
  • Complete pre-departure checklist and reflection
  • Make the most of your travel experience and become an ambassador

Unpack your go abroad experience.

  • Attend go abroad debrief and participate in a reflection
  • Add international experience to your resume/CV at CDEL
  • Seek more opportunities to work, volunteer and/or study abroad
WELL BEING

Well-being is integral to long-term student success. At Memorial we offer resources designed to maintain your health and equilibrium, and promote academic success.

If you're in Distress or Crisis reach out for help • Become aware of supports available through the MUN Safe app - it is your direct line to a safer Memorial University. If you need a doctor, go to Student Health • Health and Dental insurance is offered through MUNSU • Foster well-being through online and in-person supports • Open the conversation about sexual harassment • Be a money smart student - know your finances, if you are in need, emergency loans and the campus food bank are available • The Works offers scheduled fitness programs and workout facilities • Check out Memorial Meditates • Living on-campus? Check out residence events • Be safe with Walksafe • Living off-campus? Check out the Off-Campus office • Be safe with safedrive • Visit Wellness and Chaplaincy Oasis during exams Ÿ Still have questions? Visit the current students page or talk to an advisor. 

Janelle skeard Janelle Skeard was born and raised in central Newfoundland. This gave her a good understanding of the issues facing rural communities, and showed her the importance of community development and the role that natural resource development plays in community survival. She completed her BA in 2012 and her MA in  2014 (both at Memorial) and currently works with Women in Resource Development Corporation whose mandate is to increase the number of women working in trades and technology careers. Her title is research coordinator, but she also does evaluation and program facilitation. Her job requires her to take on several different roles and work with a wide variety of people.
 
What would your undergraduate self think of your current job?

She would be so surprised!! Not only do I lead research projects, I'm also a program facilitator. I actually spend some days in a workshop teaching high school girls basic carpentry and electrical so that they can build and wire their own lamp over the course of a day. I never dreamed I would work with my hands. I really feel like I have the best of both worlds.

What was your biggest challenge when arriving at university and how did you address this?
 I came from a community of approximately 60 people (and a graduating class of nine), so moving to St. John's and attending university was extremely overwhelming. I remember arriving at the lecture theatre in the science building for my first psychology class with hundreds of other students and it was such a culture shock for me that I didn't know how I would get through my degree. I wouldn't say I "addressed" the problem, but I learned how to manage my anxiety. Thankfully, all my other courses had far fewer students, so I was able to meet people and make friends. This definitely mitigated the anxiety of that first semester.

What resources did you use while at Memorial?

 I took advantage of every free service I could find! The Writing Centre was awesome and so helpful for essay writing. I also took advantage of any scholarship or award I could apply for. I was successful on a number of occasions and actually left Memorial with a BA and an MA debt free.

Did you ever meet with advisors, faculty or staff while a student?

 Absolutely. I highly recommend getting to know your professors and fellow students. It was extremely helpful for me in figuring out which direction I wanted to go in. Geography is quite a broad area, so speaking with professors and other students allowed me to make more informed choices when it came to my education.

How did your extracurricular activities (on and off campus) influence your success?
 I was so lucky to be able to be a part of The Vagina Monologues for a couple of years. Becoming involved with that production and the associated V-Day activities definitely strengthened how I view myself and the world around me. I learned a lot about working with others for a common goal and becoming more aware of the issues facing marginalized groups. I was also the vice-president of MUGS (Memorial University Geographical Society) for a year. This made me more organized and efficient - skills any employer values.

Was there an experience you had during your university years that influenced or put you on a path to your current career?
When I was in grade 11, I enjoyed geography, but never thought about pursuing it. During my first year at Memorial I kind of took a geography class on a whim. There, it was a couple of professors who really instilled my love of geography. Arn Keeling showed me the importance of human geography and the social sciences, particularly in the context of mining communities (which led to my MA project). Kelly Vodden (now at Grenfell) was one of the few women in the department and took me under her wing, giving me my first job as a research assistant, and teaching me about community development. They showed me that geography was important in understanding so many things about the world, from politics to natural resource development. Meeting these two people truly put me on the career path I pursued, and they were both my supervisors for my graduate degree.

What advice do you have for undergraduate students?
Get as much work experience as you can, as early as you can. If you have the chance to work as a research assistant during your degree, do it! You will learn so much while doing it - not only about the topics you're working on, but also how to effectively manage your time. Actually, if you're given any opportunity that can make you a better person, always take it. Speak to people, be it faculty, staff or other students. This will give you such a great perspective and really help you figure out what you want to do in life. Take advantage of all the services that are available to you: get your essay looked over at the Writing Centre, speak to advisors, find events that serve free pizza on campus. And while you're at it, apply for all the scholarships you can.  Finally, take a geography course. You live in this world - learn about it!

Make sure that you are preparing for your future but do it in a way that you get to study things that genuinely interest you.

by Sophie St. Croix - BA ’09, Classics (Memorial), Juris Doctor 2013, Schulich School of Law (Dalhousie), currently an associate at Roebothan McKay Marshall (St. John's)