What will I learn?

Geography is a wide-ranging and integrating academic discipline that focuses on spatial patterns and relationships found on the Earth's surface. Spanning the social and natural sciences, geography offers a variety of specializations, many of which are included in the comprehensive liberal arts program offered at SUNY New Paltz. The major in Geography is designed to prepare students for graduate study in geography or for employment in fields actively seeking geographers.

A sound geographic education provides perspectives and skills for understanding a wide variety of subjects as varied as population problems, food supply, ethnic conflict, international affairs, regional planning, resource distribution, watershed management, territorial disputes, migration patterns, environmental quality, and social inequalities based on gender, ethnicity, and race.

Geography majors wishing to work with the environment may take environmental geography courses as electives, possibly with a minor in environmental sciences and a geography internship. Those wishing to study people, cultures and environments may wish to take regional or cultural geography courses as electives, possibly alongside study abroad or a minor in a foreign language. Students in the Early Childhood/Childhood Education (B-6) program may select a geography major, while those in the Adolescence Education (7-12) program may select geography courses as part of the social studies curriculum. The department also offers an emphasis in planning for students who wish to undertake graduate study in planning or to obtain employment in that field.

To complement the academic program, the department offers an internship at several public and private agencies in the region, such as the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and Mohonk Preserve. One semester long, the internship offers students the opportunity to gain practical, on-site experience at a planning, development, or environmental protection agency.

Which department am I in?

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$16,980.00 per year
USD $8,490 per semester (This fees is for fall 2019/spring 2020 and it may subject to change for the coming year)

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

24 August 2020, 19 January 2021


College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

SUNY New Paltz,

1 Hawk Drive,


New York,

12561, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have completed a secondary school or equivalent qualification.

For international students

Student must have official secondary / high school degree. English Proficiency: TOEFL - iBT score of 80 or better; IELTS - score of 6.5 or better (no sub-scores lower than 6.0. Application Deadlines: December 1 for Spring semester (January start); June 15 for Fall semester (August start).

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About this uni

The State University of New York at New Paltz is an affordable yet high-quality university offering a diverse range of programs.

  • Affordable, high-quality university
  • Small class sizes with 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio
  • Builds future professionals with lasting skills
  • Academic English pathway program available