Geographic Information Systems

Affiliation: Sociology

GIS (Geographic Information Systems) is a field of study that combines spatial theory, GIS technology and software, geographic data and analysis (including GPS and field work), and cartographic design principles for the purpose of exploring and understanding the world around us from a spatial perspective.

Employers in the most competitive industries continue to seek applicants whose resumes include additional computational skills beyond the Microsoft Office Suite, and having a GIS Minor would give students an "edge" in the workforce. According to the most recent edition of the Harvard Business Review, one of the most valuable jobs emerging in the 21st century is that of the "data scientist," which includes skills such as knowing how to find, manipulate and interpret different types of data. Being able to work with and visualize spatial data using GIS technology will be an invaluable tool for any student in a variety of majors and concentrations.