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Geography is the study of the natural environment itself, and the broad question of society's relationship to nature.

Geographers are humanists and social scientists who study the changing regional patterns of human behaviour in order to understand the cultural, economic, social and political forces that shape the landscape. UBC's Geography Department offers students a wide range of programs in this field, from biogeosciences to the role of the natural environment in limiting and creating opportunities for people.

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Building your career takes more than attending academic lectures. Get involved with research and complement your studies with relevant research and applied experiences. Whether you choose one of the experiences listed below or one of the many other great opportunities available, you’ll learn new things, make new friends, network, and set yourself apart. It all counts.

Join a network

Join the Ten Thousand Coffees platform to find a mentor or meet with classmates. Connect with peers based on your interests to share ideas, insights and advice over a cup of coffee.

Go Global 

Imagine student life in Iceland; spending your classes hiking atop volcano craters and glaciers in Iceland, and your evenings relaxing on a patio with friends, gazing up at the northern lights. Whether you end up studying environmental sustainability in Iceland or industrial geography in Japan, with Go Global you can immerse yourself in the languages and cultures of another part of the world, all while finishing your degree.

You can take on an international internship, participate in a Global Seminar, go on exchange or even conduct research abroad. Check out the range of international experiences to learn more.

Arts Co-op Program

Gaining paid, full-time, relevant experience will help you explore career options in non-profit organizations, government, and the private sector across Canada and abroad. Completing a co-op term can help put you on a fast track for a successful career in your field of interest. Graduate with career skills, experience, and a network of professional contacts that will give you a competitive edge after graduation. 

Arts Internship Program

Build a career while you are studying through part-time, unpaid internships designed with Arts students in mind. Exciting internships are being created at non-profits that allow you to apply your valuable classroom knowledge and skills to the world of work and gain industry contacts along the way. Check out exciting internships you can apply for.

Community experience

Work and learn in community settings. Take a course with a community-based experiential learning component and develop community development, research, policy, decision making and career skills. Whether it’s a course or signing up for Trek & Reading Week placements, International Service Learning or a grant project in community, you’ll build skills in real-world settings and make invaluable connections with people in community.

Student directed seminars

The Student Directed Seminars program provides upper-year undergraduate students (in 3rd year or later) the opportunity to propose, coordinate, and lead their own 3-credit seminar class with a small group of peers on a topic not currently offered at UBC-Vancouver. Each seminar brings together a group of highly-motivated students that explore and investigate a topic through learning activities including group discussions, research papers, presentations, guest lectures, applied problem-solving, and Community Service Learning. This is a fantastic opportunity for Arts students to share their passion for a topic, as well as build key skills in the areas of facilitation, time management, peer-to-peer learning, and more.

Career possibilities


Cartographers use geographic data to create logical, informative, and easy-to-read maps that are both visually appealing and accurate.

GIS specialist

Geographic Information System (GIS) specialists use computer software and digital data to design and develop maps, presentations and other geographical information systems.

Public policy analyst

Public policy analysts use their political and economic background to deal with current issues ranging from local environment to international trade and to contribute to policy development and new legislation.

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