GEOG 430
Human Use of the Environment

Final Essay Component: Final Paper Submission Instructions


By now, you should have a solid outline of your final essay, and should have received feedback from your classmates and instructor. There is no new course material this week; the final week of the course should be used to complete the final essay.

Consider reading the Essay Tips page for a list of things to consider while drafting your essay.

Please contact me early if you have any questions. It is important to be upfront and communicative about any questions or issues you may have.

The final document should be 3000-3500 words that engage with a topic related to human-environmental geographic relationships. Your final essay should be posted to the Final Essay Due assignment in Canvas as a Microsoft Word document (.dox or .docx). Remember you must cite course materials as well as external sources. You must include at least 10 references and use proper citations (in-text citations and a reference page), although you are welcome to use more references. The strongest papers will find a healthy balance between using the course material and scholarly sources, as well as primary sources, like news articles.

**Make sure to use proper in-text citations **

This is one of the biggest mistakes that students make, and can result in severe grade reductions. Make sure to revisit the course Quick Guide to Citations and References page if you have further questions.

Please note that your works cited page does NOT count toward your word limit. And, Images, graphs, etc. do NOT count toward your word limit.

I expect that your ideas and resources have probably changed a lot throughout the course of the semester, so you do not need to feel pressured to stick to the outline or bibliography that you have already submitted. These assignments were only to encourage you to continue thinking through and developing your ideas.

Lastly, while you have shared your final essay components with the rest of the class thus far, you will not be sharing your completed final essays. You are welcome to share your work with each other individually, but in the interest of keeping everyone’s hard work private, you will be submitting your final essay to an anonymous dropbox, located on Canvas.


Submit your Word document (.doc or .docx) to the Final Essay Due assignment in the Lesson 12 module in  Canvas.

Your Final Essay is due next Thursday by 11:59 pm Eastern Time.

Check the calendar in Canvas for the specific due date.