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Human Geography at the U of M


As a human geography student in the Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources you will learn about the relationship between people and their environment by examining human activity including cultural and social conditions, demographics, consumption, sustainability, land use, settlement patterns and economics.

Skills you will gain by studying HUMAN GEOGRAPHY

  • An understanding of the interrelationship between social, cultural, economic and political factors affecting societies and the environment
  • The ability to describe, analyse and interpret information about populations and places within a spatial perspective
  • The ability to advocate for Canada's environmental heritage as both a resource for human wellbeing and important contributor to the global ecosystem
  • The ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing


This resource is meant as a guide to provide suggestions throughout your time at university. Develop a plan and timeline that suits you best. Make intentional choices for your courses and work experiences.

* Refer to the Academic Calendar for a complete list of program requirements.

Year 1 - 30 credit hours



Course requirements:
6 credit hours from GEOG 1280, GEOG 1290 and/or GEOG 1700

To do this year:

  1. Know the requirements for your degree. Meet with an academic advisor to help you plan your program.
  2. If you need academic support, visit the Academic Learning Centre for workshops or to meet with a learning skills instructor.


Start planning your career:

  1. Meet with a career consultant to generate career ideas based on your interests, values, personality and skills.
  2. Research occupations that match your skills and interests.
  3. Set up a careerCONNECT account to view job postings and register for workshops and events.
  4. Set up your Co-Curricular Record (CCR), an official record of university-approved activities.


Link experiences to your career interests. Options include:

  1. Student groups including Environment and Geography Students Association, UMEARTH and Students for Sustainability.
  2. Join the University of Manitoba Volunteer Program to volunteer for Info Days and other events on campus.
  3. Student work opportunities including Work-Study, STEP Services or Federal Student Work Experience Program.
  4. Experiential education opportunities such as Alternative Reading Week Winnipeg and the Student Leadership Development Program.


Considering international opportunities? Attend World Opportunities Week in November for information about opportunities around the world.

Explore communities and cultures you want to work with: Visit Migizii Agamik, the International Centre for Students or learn about local agencies via the Manitoba Contact Guide.


Year 2 - 60 credit hours



Course requirements:
Honours or advanced: GEOG 2200 and GEOG 2530, plus 9 credit hours GEOG at the 2000/3000 level

General: 12 credit hours GEOG at the 2000 level

To do this year:

  1. Should you follow a 3-or 4-year plan? Meet with an academic advisor and career consultant to map out your options.
  2. Consider taking a minor and choose courses that will open opportunities.


Make professional connections:

  1. Join the Career Mentor Program to learn from professionals.
  2. Attend career fairs to connect with employers.
  3. Become a Student affiliate with the Canadian Association of Geographers.
  4. Develop professional connections with professors by applying for an Undergraduate Research Award.

Market your skills: Develop your resumé and cover letter and refine your interview skills.


Explore student research opportunities: Apply for an Undergraduate Research Award and inquire about research assistant positions.

Gain practical experience by volunteering: Check out the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Canadian Red Cross and Parks Canada.

Obtain certificates employers may require, including: Become a Clayton H. Riddell Faculty Student Ambassador.


Develop global career skills and expand intercultural learning: Consider an international student exchange or Students Without Borders internship, Parks Canada Northern Engagement and Outreach Program, My World Abroad or SWAP for a "working holiday".

Staying local? Check out the Parks and Protected Areas Travel Study to Banff or the WUSC Student Refugee Program. Consider learning a new language and culture through the Volunteer Language Exchange Program.


Year 3 - 90 credit hours


Course requirements:
Honours or advanced: GEOG 3730 and 3810

Honours: plus 18 credit hours GEOG at the 2000/3000 level

Advanced: plus 6 credit hours GEOG at 3000 level

General: 12 credit hours GEOG at the 3000/4000 level To do this year:


  1. Meet with a Riddell advisor for honours or advanced program approval.
  2. Confirm eligibility to graduate with an academic advisor and declare intent to graduate in Aurora (3-year option).


Investigate your career options:

  1. Look at sample job postings to ensure you have the qualifications upon graduation.
  2. Develop employability and essential skills sought by employers.
  3. Create a LinkedIn profile to network with professionals.

Consider continuing your studies: Check out the Faculty of Graduate Studies, Extended Education or other professional programs.


Check out student job opportunities with: Canadian Border Services Agency, City of Winnipeg, Lower Fort Garry and Riel House.

Search for job opportunities online: Check out Eco.ca, GeographyJobs.ca or the Canadian Heritage Information Network.

Use your networks and connections: Inquire about unadvertised job openings (the "hidden job market").


Did you travel abroad? Write an article about your experience for World W.I.S.E magazine.

Participate in the multicultural opportunities on campus: Attend International Week, participate in the Intercultural Development and Leadership Program, volunteer for the International Student Mentorship Program or take part in Graduation Pow Wow.


Year 4 - 120 credit hours



Course requirements:
Honours: GEOG 4660, plus 18 credit hours GEOG at the 4000 level

Advanced: 12 credit hours GEOG at the 4000 level, plus 6 additional credit hours GEOG at the 2000 level or above

To do this year:

  1. Meet with a Riddell advisor for honours or advanced program approval.
  2. Confirm eligibility to graduate with an academic advisor and declare intent to graduate in Aurora.


Start job search 9 months in advance: Contact Career Services to refine your job search and self-marketing strategies. You can visit the office up to 6 months after graduation.

If you are continuing on to a professional program or graduate school: Finalize your application materials and required tests. Use the awards database to search for funding and awards to help finance your continuing education. Contact your department to find out how their awards dealines are advertised.



Ensure you have references in place: Ask your professor for a reference or a letter of recommendation if you're applying for graduate school.

Assess your resumé: Identify any gaps in experience and fill them through volunteering, work placements or internships such as the Post-Secondary Recruitment Program.


Prepare to work in a multicultural environment: Visit Canada's National Research Centre for Truth and Reconciliation on explore Manitoba Start, which offers events and free workshops for newcomers to assist their job search.


Sample Careers


Sample careers with an undergraduate degree and related experience

Options requiring other education


What Do Employers Want?


Industries such as agriculture, community development, conservation and water stewardship, education, government and utilities would value a human geography degree in combination with the employability skills that are highly sought after by employers. These include:*

  • Oral & written communication
  • Critical thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Teamwork
  • Digital literacy
  • Numeracy & data use
  • Continuous learning

Attain skills through your classroom education by taking advantage of experiential education opportunities.

*Information has been adapted from Employability Skills 2000+ and Workplace Education Manitoba – Essential Skills.


Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources

440 Wallace Building, 125 Dysart Road
(204) 474-7252, riddell.faculty@umanitoba.ca

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