Geography’s interdisciplinary focus, positioned between the natural and social sciences, is reflected in the diversity of this degree program’s content. Geography describes, explains and shapes spatial structures and processes, and aids in finding strategies to solve environmentally and socially relevant problems both locally and globally. Thus, for example, natural phenomena like floods, landslides, or desertification can be objects of geographic investigation.

Geography consists of two main fields: physical geography and human geography. Physical geography includes, among others, geomorphology (the study of surface shapes), soil science, hydrogeography, climate geography and landscape ecology. Human geography is involved with population geography, settlement geography, social geography, economic geography and development geography research, among others.

With a minor in geography, students must choose a focus of either physical geography or human geography. Depending on their chosen focus, students learn mathematical/natural scientific or sociological/economic fundamentals and methods.

This subject must be combined with a second subject.

Possible lines of work:

The possible lines of work for bachelor’s degree holders with a minor in geography depend on whether their focus was on physical geography or human geography. Typical lines of work for geographers include: Development cooperation, geographic information systems (GIS), market/opinion research, consulting, natural hazard management, nature/environmental protection, public relations/media, spatial/landscape planning,  transport planning and transport infrastructure planning, urban planning/development, academia (research management, teaching/research at universities, research institutions, etc.). 

Job options strongly depend on a graduate’s chosen major.

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Bachelor of Arts
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At the University of Bonn, multilingualism and cultural diversity are considered to be valuable resources that complement subject-specific qualifications. This is why, in addition to curricular language modules, students have access to a diverse range of language-learning offers, including the independent-study offers at the Center for Language Learning (Sprachlernzentrum, SLZ) in which they can autonomously learn a foreign language or enhance existing language skills. Furthermore, students can apply for the “Certificate of Intercultural Competence” free of charge, which promotes extra-curricular and interdisciplinary activities of international or intercultural nature.

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