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Beyond the Classroom


The Geography Department provides several ways for students to distinguish themselves through academic honors. Those enrolled in the university-wide Commonwealth Honors program can complete colloquia or courses on topics as varied as coffee, climate change, or great American cities. Honors contracts are available in many geography courses. Students may also apply to participate in the Departmental Honors program, which requires sustained research with a faculty mentor, leading to the defense and publication of an Honors Thesis. Finally, students who complete their geography courses with distinction may be inducted to lifetime membership in Gamma Theta Upsilon (GTU), the international geographical honorary society through its Eta Nu chapter at Bridgewater State University.

Learn more about the Honors Program at Bridgewater.


Geography majors complement their classroom learning with hands-on experience gained by serving in internships at diverse organizations. These include public sector opportunities such as in engineering and planning departments of cities and towns, as well as utilities and private enterprises—especially with GIS projects.

Learn more about Bridgewater’s internship program

Undergraduate Research

A number of Geography students choose to undertake an undergraduate research project, exploring a topic of interest as it relates to issues facing communities both local and around the world. Still others apply to be Earthview Wranglers, helping to keep the department’s Earthview program running smoothly. 

Learn more about undergraduate research at Bridgewater. 

Student Academic Club

The Geography Club (known as GeoBears) is a group of students who gather regularly to broaden their understanding of local and global communities, sharpen their knowledge of spatial relationships, and deepen their connection to the natural environment. Students from any major are welcome to join. Weekly meetings include geography games and the planning of special outings and activities.

Learn more about Student Involvement at BSU.