About Geography

Samford University’s geography program offers an interdisciplinary approach to studying the nature and significance of the places, patterns and landscapes that make up the earth’s surface. Our students are prepared for careers addressing major trends in our world, including globalization, GIS and the expansion of other geographic technologies that have become part of our everyday lives, and the demand for people who can apply interdisciplinary learning to significant problems.

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Meghan McCollum
Long before I knew my own strengths, my professors took a vested interest in my passions and challenged me to go beyond the textbook. They taught me that being a geographer was more than being a walking atlas, but being able to recognize the complexities of the world around us, and to always be curious. Meghan McCollum, 2013 U.S. Rotary Global Scholar

About Sociology

Samford University’s sociology program helps students develop the knowledge and skills required to engage with all aspects of social interaction on the way to careers that help graduates build flourishing communities in fields such as sociology, health care, social work, social policy analysis, industrial relations, law enforcement and many others. Our fast track option allows students to earn a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s degree in social work in only five years.

All courses, research opportunities and personal mentoring in the disciplines of geography and sociology combine to give our graduates a unique professional advantage in whatever career they choose!

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morgan mitchell
Sociology has opened so many doors for me. I was able to conduct my own research and present it at a regional conference with many other professionals and students in sociology. Because of all of the hands-on experience I've had I am confident that I would be prepared for graduate school or any other career that I could imagine. Morgan Mitchell, Howard College of Arts and Sciences Ambassador

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Mentors Open Doors to Unexpected Careers
Forrest Courtney came to Samford with thoughts of a career in law. Although he was a lifeguard, a career in the ocean would have seemed far-fetched. He didn’t like to wade past his waist on family visits to the beach. “I saw Jaws way too early,” he joked. Now the geography major is a certified professional diver and researcher with an impressive record of coral reef preservation. 
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Undergraduate Research Fair Reveals Fascinating Topics, New Perspectives
Samford University’s Howard College of Arts and Sciences hosted its second annual Undergraduate Research Fair April 12. The fair, organized by Howard College of Arts and Sciences Associate Dean Emily Hynds and sponsored by the John Howard Scholars, featured projects by individual students and groups of students, all guided by expert faculty advisors. 
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New Play Explores Life of Howard College Namesake
English professor David Chapman, former dean of the university’s Howard College of Arts and Sciences, has produced a play inspired by the college’s namesake, 18th-century English humanitarian John Howard, who dedicated his life to the cause of prison reform.