Geography: Human Geography

at UBC's

Vancouver Campus

Human Geography covers a wide set of sub-disciplines that share in common the study of the human use and experience of the world. You'll study such broad territory as the relations between nature and society, place and human identity, and the spatial basis of economies and societies.

This program is also offered at UBC's Okanagan Campus
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Program information

  • Campus: Vancouver
  • Faculty: Faculty of Arts
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
  • Length 4 yrs
  • Co-op Yes
    You can combine your studies with full-time, paid work at top local and international organizations.
  • Honours Yes
    You can study intense specialization in a single field.

Geography is about how things work together to make the world in which we live, and examine historical and contemporary events within cultural, physical, and social circumstances.  The Bachelor of Arts program includes a Major in Human Geography, and a Major in Environment and Sustainability.  (For physical geography, see the Bachelor of Science program in Geographical Geosciences.)

The BA program in Human Geography examines human use and experience of the world, studying relations between nature and society, place and human identity, and the spatial basis of economies and societies.  This program offers a multidisciplinary study that balances the basics of other disciplines in a synthesis that encourages the examination of the things that matter to all of us.

Campus features

UBC’s Geographic Information Centre offers support services for students, faculty and the general public. Holdings include maps specializing in BC and Canada, atlases, books and journals with geographical content, videos, course reserves, and the University’s major Aerial Photo Collection. UBC’s Department of Geography enjoys a high international reputation, and is ranked in the world’s top 10 departments.

What can you do with this major after graduation?

Your future

A UBC education will introduce you to people and ideas from around the world, open doors to new opportunities, and take you places you never imagined. You’ll graduate not only with expertise in your chosen field, but with the skills you need to continue growing, learning, and evolving with your career over time.

Program requirements

English-language requirements

English is the language of instruction at UBC. All prospective students must demonstrate English-language competency prior to admission. There are numerous ways to meet the English Language Admission Standard.

General admission requirements

  • Completion of the IB Diploma with a minimum score of 24 points, including at least three Higher Level courses and additional points for Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge.
  • Completion of Standard Level or Higher Level English A at a minimum score of 3, where English is the primary language of instruction.

Degree-specific requirements: Arts

  • No specific courses required beyond those needed for general admission
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