The Faculty of Geography

Geography is one of the most interesting areas of study. In an interdependent world, we depend on an increasingly fragile physical environment, whose complex interactions require sophisticated analysis and delicate management.

These issues present intellectual and practical challenges of primary importance and are among the central issues of modern geography.

The Faculty of Geography offers a Bachelor’s degree – Tourism Geography – and a Master’s Degree – Tourism and Environmental Protection.

The multidisciplinary approach to the processes and the geographical phenomena (geographic, social and economic) offers a complex perspective of this field of study.

The aim of our 11 titular professors, Doctors of Geography, History, and Economics, is to offer dynamic and practical courses for the purpose to train highly qualified specialists in tourism, in concordance with the market requirements and the recent changes in the socio-economic environment.

Our programmes prepare students for employment opportunities in the public and private sectors in: analysis, assessment and management of tourism resources, hydrology, meteorology, mapping, regional analysis, territory organization, environment, spatial, economic and geodemographic analysis etc., as well as for postgraduate studies in the field of Geography.

  • Degree Programme: Tourism Geography
  • Duration of studies: 3 years, full-time
  • Profession: Tourism manager
  • Placement opportunities: tourism manager; ecotourism coordinator; hotel, boarding house, restaurant, tourism agency director, meteorologist, hydrologist, travel agent, guide and agent for environmental protection.

Although it is a young faculty in the Romanian landscape, the Faculty of Geography already has a national recognition, having a sustained activity in all research and education areas.

In recent years, as the number of students applying raised, the importance of this faculty within the university has increased.

As a result of some major changes in the higher education sector in Romania, the department has applied a new policy in the implementation of new teaching methods and has emphasized the specialized practice courses.

Particular attention was paid to improve the didactic and technical staff, in order to achieve educational and performance research.

The activity of the students is continued in student organizations, which complement the didactic method (the circle of tourism). Thus, this section offers the possibility of knowing the natural and anthropic tourism resources in Romania, the important tourist attractions discovered by the students in the Danube Delta, the Prahova Valley, the Carpathian Mountains, Maramureş County, the monasteries of Moldavia.

In order to facilitate the acquisition of practical knowledge, the faculty has, over time, been endowed with specific facilities such as: Physical Geography, Cartography, Remote Sensing and GIS Laboratories, Human Geography and Tourism Geography cabinets, Experimental Meteorological Station.

 

Curriculum

General Physical Geography; Cartography – Cartographic representations in tourism; General human geography; General tourism geography; Relief and tourism; Tourism and water resources.; Climatic potential and its capitalization in tourism; Tourism Economy; Physical Geography of Romania; the Romanian Culture and Civilization; Multimedia technologies in tourism; Specialty practice; English language; Geographical and tourism regions of the world; Human Geography of Romania; Ecotourism; Regional Geography of Romania; Natural hazards, Tourist management; Cultures and civilizations of antiquity; Ethnography and Toponymy; Practical applications; Rural tourism; Geographic information systems; Territorial organization; Romania’s touristic potential; Geographic Movement, Tourism and Sustainable Development, History of Arts and Religions; Tourist valorization of protected areas; Quality management in tourism; Effective communication and negotiation techniques; Tourist attractions; French.

 

Scientific research programmes

  • Study of the piedmont in the north of the Sureanu-Cindrel Mountains (Carpathian Mountains). Resource- reserve of alluvial deposits;
  • The evolution of the United Romanian Church (Greek-Catholic) from the Mureş-Târnave area during the Communist regime;
  • Local history and its potential in tourism activities;
  • The stage of the population and settlements in the Northern Compartment of the Transylvanian Plain;
  • The evaluation of tourism potential of anthropogenic resources in the Transylvanian depression;
  • The evaluation of tourism potential of natural and anthropogenic resources in Călimani Mountains;
  • The water resources in the Târnavelor Basin and their management of sustainable development;
  • Methods for adjusting the natural water circuits.