A human geography and the environment major explores relationships between people and places in a global context and patterns which impact the human environment

Bachelor of Arts

Human Geography and the Environment

Explore the relationships between people and places in a global context.Available at Newcastle campus (Callaghan) and Central Coast campus (Ourimbah).

As the world continues to change, an understanding of the process and patterns which cause these transformations and the impact they have on the human environment has become increasingly relevant.

 A major in human geography will provide you with the skills necessary to understand contemporary challenges and their impacts on the environment and will give you the opportunity to help address these impacts.

Hands-on experience and fieldwork in the human geography major will equip you with essential research skills in interpreting the local environment, where you will examine processes and patterns such as:

  • demographic and cultural change
  • environmental governance
  • globalisation
  • governance and political organisation
  • social and economic development
  • sustainability
  • urbanisation

Throughout your studies, you will be taught by staff who are active in research and hold research grants from prestigious funding organisations. Many staff members have also received awards for their excellence in teaching.


The human geography and the environment major will equip you with a range of generic skills for further studies or future employment in a range of sectors including:

  • community development
  • education
  • environmental management
  • international aid work
  • policy development
  • social and community planning
  • urban and regional planning

 For more detailed information about the Bachelor of Arts program, please refer to the handbook