Human Geography

The Human Geography programs provide the opportunity to learn about the relations between landscapes, places, people and nature, and the spatial organization of human activities. While students are encouraged to explore the breadth of the discipline, we also identify courses by theme for students who wish to develop expertise in one or two subfields (e.g., urban geography, cultural and historical geography).  The Human Geography programs appeal to students who wish to develop an integrative understanding of the cultural, economic, political and social forces that shape how people use and experience the environments they live in. These programs offer training in quantitative and qualitative research methods, including GIS and Remote Sensing.

Program Requirements:  For the full list of course descriptions, please see the Faculty of Arts & Science Calendar.

Specialist Entry Requirements

This is a limited enrolment program that can only accommodate a limited number of students.  Admission will be determined by one of the following:

0.5 GGR FCE’s at the 100 or 200 level with a final mark of 75% or 1.0 GGR FCEs at the 100 and/or 200 level with a final mark of 70% in each course.   Achieving that mark does not necessarily guarantee admission to the program in any given year.

Jointly offered GGR courses will also be considered (e.g. JEG, JGI, JGE)

Completion Requirements:

First Year Geography Courses: Any 2 courses (1.0 FCE) from GGR100H1/​JEG100H1, GGR101H1, GGR107H1, GGR112H1, GGR124H1. 200/300-level GGR courses may also be used to meet this requirement. Contact the Undergraduate Administrator to update your program.

Physical and Environmental Geography Course: Any course (0.5 FCE) not used to satisfy first year course requirement from GGR100H1/​JEG100H1,GGR101H1, GGR201H1, GGR203H1, GGR205H1, GGR206H1, GGR223H1

Methods Courses: All (1.5 FCE) of GGR270H1, GGR271H1, GGR272H1

Regional Geography Course: Any course (0.5 FCE) from GGR240H1, GGR246H1, GGR254H1, GGR341H1, GGR342H1, GGR343H1

Fourth Year Courses: Any 2 (1.0 FCE) 400 series GGR courses, at least one of which must be from Group E. Up to 0.5 FCE can be used fromGGR493Y1 based on internship.

Applications: Any 11 courses (5.5 FCEs) from Group E; Up to 1.5 FCE can be from Group F.

Note: At least 4.0 FCEs must be 300/400 series courses. Of these, at least 1.0 FCE must be 400 series (includes Fourth Year Course requirement).

Total FCEs: 10.0

Major Entry Requirements

This is a limited enrolment program that can only accommodate a limited number of students.  Admission will be determined by one of the following:

0.5 GGR FCE’s at the 100 or 200 level with a final mark of 67% or 1.0 GGR FCEs at the 100 and/or 200 level with a final mark of 63% in each course.   Achieving that mark does not necessarily guarantee admission to the program in any given year.

Jointly offered GGR courses will also be considered (e.g. JEG, JGI, JGE)

Completion Requirements:

First Year Geography Courses: Any two courses (1.0 FCE) from GGR100H1/​JEG100H1, GGR101H1, GGR107H1, GGR112H1, GGR124H1. 200/300-level GGR courses may also be used to meet this requirement. Contact the Undergraduate Administrator to update your program.

Physical and Environmental Geography Course: Any course (0.5 FCE) not used to satisfy first year course requirement from GGR100H1/​JEG100H1),GGR101H1, GGR201H1, GGR203H1, GGR205H1, GGR206H1, GGR223H1

Methods Courses: All (1.0 FCE) of GGR270H1, GGR271H1

Regional Geography Course: Any course (0.5 FCE) from GGR240H1, GGR246H1, GGR254H1, GGR341H1, GGR342H1, GGR343H1

Fourth Year Course: Any course (0.5 FCE) from 400 series courses from Group E.

Applications: Any 7 courses (3.5 FCEs) from Group E; Up to 1.0 FCE can be from Group F.

Note: At least 2.0 FCEs must be 300/400 series courses. Of these, at least 0.5 must be 400 series (includes Fourth Year Course requirement).

Total FCEs: 7.0

Minor Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this program.

Enrolment Requirements:

There are no entry requirements for this program.

Completion Requirements:

First Year Geography Courses: Any 2 courses (1.0 FCE) from GGR100H1/​JEG100H1, GGR101H1, GGR107H1, GGR112H1, GGR124H1. 200/300 level GGR courses may also be used to meet this requirement. Contact the Undergraduate Administrator to update your program.

Applications: Any 6 courses (3.0 FCEs) from higher level GGR/JFG/JGE/JGI/JUG social science or humanities courses, including at least 1.0 FCE at the 300/400 level. One course (0.5 FCE) can be from Group F.

Total FCEs: 4.0

Human Geography Groups

Group E Optional courses for Human Geography:
GGR216H1, GGR217H1, GGR220H1, GGR221H1GGR223H1GGR225H1, GGR240H1, GGR241H1, GGR246H1, GGR251H1, GGR252H1, GGR254H1, GGR272H1, GGR273H1, GGR299Y1, GGR300H1, GGR314H1, GGR320H1, GGR321H1, GGR323H1, GGR326H1, GGR327H1, GGR328H1, GGR329H1, GGR334H1, GGR336H1, GGR338H1, GGR339H1, GGR340H1GGR341H1, GGR342H1, GGR343H1, GGR352H1, GGR356H1, GGR357H1, GGR359H1, GGR360H1, GGR361H1, GGR363H1GGR372H1, GGR373H1, GGR374H1, GGR381H1, GGR382H1, GGR400H1GGR416H1GGR418H1, GGR419H1, GGR420H1, GGR421H1, GGR424H1, GGR430H1, GGR431H1, GGR433H1, GGR434H1, GGR438H1, GGR439H1, GGR452H1, GGR457H1, GGR458H1, GGR462H1, GGR473H1, GGR482H1, GGR491Y1, GGR492H1, GGR492Y1, GGR493Y1 (depending on internship), GGR497H1GGR499H1; JGE321H1, JGE331H1; JUG320H1; JGI216H1, JGI346H1, JGI454H1; JFG470H1, JFG475H1

Group F (Optional science courses)
GGR201H1, GGR203H1, GGR205H1, GGR206H1, GGR301H1, GGR305H1, GGR308H1, GGR310H1/FOR310H1, GGR337H1, GGR347H1, GGR348H1, GGR405H1, GGR413H1, GGR498H1

Course Clusters

Students may wish to choose courses from among one or more of the following clusters if they want to concentrate in a particular area within Human Geography, while fulfilling the overall requirements given above. These are not POSt requirements, but rather suggestions for students seeking guidance on how to navigate our course offerings.

(Last Updated: March 1, 2018)