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73.95 (Median SR)
62.90
73.95 (Median SR)
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Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools.

Human Geography and the Environment Major

Study a major in Human Geography and the Environment at the University of Newcastle

Explore the relationships between people and places in a global context.

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 Geography and the Environment has become increasingly relevant.

A major in Human Geography and the Environment 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.

Courses focusing on hands-on experience and fieldwork in the Human Geography and the Environment 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

Suitable for arts and humanities students with:

  • An interest in learning about the relationship between people and the places they live.
  • Goals to understand how global and local forces shape economic and socio-cultural systems.
  • A commitment to analysing controversial issues such as social and cultural change.

What do you learn in a Human Geography and the Environment major?

Study a major in Human Geography and the Environment to learn about the interactions between people and places through the analysis of geographic issues:

  • Sustainability: Students will study the concept of sustainability and consider how this theoretical framework of sensible use has been contested by various stakeholders,
  • Social Development and the Environment: There are a range of courses which allow you to study the development of societies within specific environments. You will learn how societies form, interact with their surroundings and the processes which govern growth.
  • Globalisation: Students will focus much of their major on globalisation and how connectedness has rapidly changed economic systems and cities. Themes considered include governments, policy, markets, trade and the plight of disadvantaged groups.

What jobs can I get with a major in Human Geography and the Environment?

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

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.


Which degrees include a major in Human Geography and the Environment?

Studying Bachelor of Arts or any associated degree program will allow you to study a major in Human Geography and the Environment:

  • For more information about the Bachelor of Global Indigenous Studies program structure, please refer to the handbook.
  • For more information about the Bachelor of Arts program structure, please refer to the handbook.
  • For more information about the Bachelor of Social Science, please refer to the handbook.

Available at Newcastle campus (Callaghan) and Central Coast campus (Ourimbah).

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.