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.
Geography with GIS Certificate
Students with a special interest the many professional applications of geographic information systems (GIS) may choose the version of our geography major that adds advanced GIS courses and provides certification in this exciting technology.
Samford's sociology degree 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.
Our environmental studies minor offers interdisciplinary exploration of the relationship between humans and the environment, in the interest of solving complex problems. Students study the built and natural environment, and explain about human views and interactions with nature. They also examine ways that politics, economics, the sciences, history, ethics and philosophy influence human behavior in the natural world, so the minor is an ideal complement to those majors. Students pursuing this program must complete a field-based January term or summer course.
A minor in geography is ideal for majors in any field that engages with the places, patterns and landscapes that make up the earth’s surface. It can add a distinctive and valuable skill set for students called to careers in business, history, sociology, political science, math and computer science, journalism, government, public health, world languages and cultures, missions and religion.
A minor in sociology adds unique value to degrees in health care, business, social work, social policy analysis, geography, industrial relations, law enforcement, political science, religion and journalism.
The all-online, 12-hour Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems program will help you develop the skills needed for sophisticated gathering, analysis, mapping, and reporting of geographic data related to environmental management.