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Global Studies


A well-rounded liberal arts education

Geography will help you under understand how people, places, and problems are related in our increasingly complex world. By studying these connections with a spatial perspective (i.e., focusing on the relevance of location), you will be able to propose solutions to challenging social, environmental, economic, and political problems. Global Studies emphasis will give you a broad experience with the geographic perspective, both conceptually and professionally.

You Can Use This Degree:


  • As a liberal arts style degree to satisfy an interest in geography.
  • To prepare for graduate studies in geography, business, law, development, or international relations.
  • To prepare for careers that require geographic knowledge and skills, especially at a global scale (i.e. sustainable development, multi-national corporations, consultants, federal governments, international business, and the military).
  • Job titles might include: Geographer, Location Analyst, International Business Liaison, University Professor, High School Teacher, Environmental Lawyer, Relief Services Provider

Median Salary: $44,360/yr

Expected Learning Outcomes



The Course Work will teach you about the spatial processes and patterns of a particular subject at global and local scales; interactions among many spatial forces in a particular region, emphasizing the role of those interactions on current issues and help you develop the analytical and communication tools for learning about the world and solving geographic problems.

Upon finishing the Global Studies Program Requirements you will be able to:

  • Explain the development and current activities of human societies at world, national and local scales.
  • Understand the fundamental principles of the physical environment, the ongoing changes therein, and the interactions between the physical environment and human activity.
  • Study practical and theoretical issues in geography, using a variety of methods such as quantitative and qualitative analysis, documentary research, map analysis, geospatial technologies, and written communication.
  • Evaluate the core human and environmental processes which create the context for global issues.
  • Recommend viable solutions to current world problems.

All graduates of the FHSS Geography department will receive a Bachelor’s of Science in Geography with an emphasize a specific area of geography. Your emphasis may be in:

*also available as a minor as well as Geography Teaching and Global Studies


Geography at BYU strengthens the geographic awareness, knowledge, and skills of our students, the University, and the community through the following activities:

  1. Providing a solid introduction to core geographic concepts and ways of creating knowledge;
  2. Providing students with skills for generating and interpreting knowledge and to ensure that geography majors complete programs with adequate skills for competing successfully in the workplace or in graduate school;
  3. Advancing the discipline of geography, especially in those areas which benefit the university, local/regional community and the worldwide church;
  4. Developing research, education, and service relationships for students and faculty with others in the university, community and the discipline.

College of Family, Home and Social Science Mission Statement


The College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences is composed of departments that study patterns of human behavior from diverse disciplinary approaches. Teaching and scholarship rely on social scientific methodology to learn about human behavior and human societies, their histories, organization, governments, and economies. As the name implies, the college is particularly concerned with studying the family as the basic unit of society. The many institutes and centers within the college provide opportunities for faculty and students to further research and disseminate scholarship.

Students in the college gain a broad education that helps develop an appreciation of the values of modern civilization and prepares them to contribute effectively as citizens. The knowledge and skills gained in the varied disciplines prepare them well for graduate study and professional careers. Many of the departments and programs housed within the college provide opportunities for student learning outside the classroom through internships and faculty-mentored teaching and research experiences.