The Undergraduate Geography Experience at Mount Holyoke College- Student Perspective

Authors: Amelia Green*,
Topics: Careers and professional development
Keywords: Mount Holyoke College
Session Type: Lightning Paper
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:45 PM
Room: Maryland C, Marriott, Lobby Level
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One of several liberal arts colleges in New England, Mount Holyoke College is a small college of 2,255 nestled in the Massachusetts Pioneer Valley. Mount Holyoke is a contributing college to one of the most active College Consortiums in the nation, and offers both a Geography major and a minor as well as a NEXUS minor in Development Studies, a 5-College Certificate in International Affairs, and a 4/1 joint BA-MA program with the University of Geneva.

As someone who works in Admissions, I feel that I have a unique position to both market Mount Holyoke as a college, but also the Geography department to students who are looking for an interdisciplinary major from a liberal arts education. Now as a junior declared within the department, I have found many other opportunities to use Mount Holyoke as a springboard for further academic pursuits; from my concentration in geopolitics to topics in physical geography with GIS application.

While the department generally yields about 12 majors per graduating class we have had an increase in the majors declared the past few years. This was one of the reasons I declared within the department; I liked the upcoming opportunities for research as well as the interdisciplinary study that geography encourages between people and the environment. I think I can speak to the opportunities for growth of these small departments within liberal arts settings and would be curious to see the marketing strategies of the other colleges for their own departments.

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