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College of Arts & Sciences
Department of Geography


Enhancing Your Undergraduate Experience

Study Abroad allows you to earn academic credits toward your USC degree while seeing the world! Geography majors often choose to study abroad to enhance their academic experience. You can study a variety of topics overseas including resource management, ecotourism, environmental conservation and education, development, and geographic information sciences. Popular destinations include the United Kingdom, Central and South America, the Caribbean, New Zealand, and Africa. You may also choose to intern, volunteer, or conduct research abroad. You are encouraged to visit the Study Abroad website for more information on opportunities to broaden and extend your knowledge and perspectives.

Student Organizations can be instrumental in helping you adjust to life on campus and network within your field. The University of South Carolina has a family of nearly 300 student organizations. As a geography major, you may wish to join the Geography Club where you can attend field trips and regional professional meetings. You may also wish to get involved in the Association of American Geographers (AAG), an international nonprofit scientific and education society that contributes to the advancement of theory, methods, and practice of geography. Students have attended and presented at the Southeast regional meeting of the AAG. Getting involved in an organization that interests you can help you network, meet new friends, and develop leadership skills. You can also seek out volunteer opportunities that relate to your major. Find a student organization on campus that interests you!

Graduate School is one of many possibilities following graduation. Graduates with a major in geography from USC have gone to graduate schools around the world. Graduates pursue degrees in a variety of areas depending on their individual interests.

Departmental Scholarships may be awarded to outstanding entering freshmen or current students. You can compete for several scholarships offered each year by the Department of Geography including the Bennett S. Masaschi Memorial Scholarship. This $1,000 scholarship was established by John and Susan Masaschi in honor of their son, Bennett, who was a geography major at USC. The Department of Geography offers additional scholarships each year.