Bachelor of Arts (Honors)[B.A.(Hons.)] (Geography)

Programme Overview

Duration: 3 Years | Programme Code: 090208

Globalisation, geopolitics, population, and sustainability are amongst the largest challenges confronting society in the 21st century. Geography enables one to understand these issues and the ways in which they shape the world. The programme of B.A. Hons. in Geography helps one to develop expert knowledge and skills to interrogate the range of different approaches to, and perspectives on, these issues, as well as the ability to understand how they interact.

Students will learn how to conduct interviews, use statistical and demographic analysis, and interpret data in order to construct models, maps, and other tools for understanding. In addition to providing students with the analytical tools and habits of mind to assess these problems, we also encourage students to combine classroom study with internships, community service, apprenticeships, and independent research to develop an integrated learning experience. This learning experience provides students with critical and analytical skills.

Programme Educational Objectives

  • Demonstrate and analyze knowledge of the facts, processes, and methods of environmental, human and regional Geography.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and analyze of the facts and methods of map and imagery interpretation.
  • Prepare maps and other geographical graphics that report their discoveries through analyses of appropriate documents, primary data, and/or archival data.
  • Explain the connectivity of human societies and environments at local, regional and global scales.
  • Appreciate that geography as an academic and professional discipline offers important knowledge as well as analytical techniques which have application in solving important human problems.

Programme Outcome

Upon successful completion of the programme the graduate would be able to :
  • Distinguish and classify human characteristics, human activities and processes, and interpret their distribution including the composition of population, cultural complexes, economic interdependence, settlement and political patterns.
  • Identify and critically analyze patterns of human-environment interactions, including perception, distribution and use of natural resources.
  • Recognize and analyze the critical importance of location, proximity, and pattern and their relationships with various explanatory variables using geospatial techniques.
  • Analyze and interpret patterns of physical and human characteristics on the Earth’s surface and apply geospatial tools to appraise real-world problems.
  • Apply principles and tools of geographic information science including cartography, remote sensing, and geographic information systems.
  • Articulate the benefits and responsibilities of working as a member of a team while solving human-environmental problems.
  • Synthesize, critically evaluate and present geographic information that addresses human-environmental problems in written and oral form.

Programme Highlights

The course provides the opportunity for students to gain hands-on experience. For example, students take field trips to local sites to collect water or soil samples; conduct sample analysis in on-campus lab spaces; broadcast weather forecasts in front of a green screen; create maps and analyze data spatially in a computer lab; and interview personnel from local manufacturing firms to understand operations.

In addition, all geography majors have the opportunity to conduct research through a thesis, independent study, internships, or service learning courses. Students learn about the physical and human geography of these locations during these transformative trips.

Some of the major areas that will be covered

Geomorphology, Geography of Population, Analytical Physical Geography, Oceanography, Geography of Settlements, Economic Geography, Environmental Geography, Urban Geography, Geography of Natural Resources, Spatial Dimensions of Development, Statistical Methods in Geography, Geography of India, Evolution of Geographical Thought, Social Geography, Field Techniques.

Career Avenues

Geography graduates are trained to deal with multivariate problems, are skilled in information retrieval, data management and computing, and are used to working on their own initiative, and as such are highly employable in a variety of professions.

Graduates enter many different careers, including industry and commerce, charities, planning, teaching, finance, social and community work, environmental management and conservation, the media, politics, and the Civil Services.

Entry Requirements

10+2 from CBSE or equivalent examination. In addition, candidates will also have to successfully complete Goenka Aptitude Test for Admission (GATA) and appear for a personal interview.