Professors: Ben Marsh, Karen M. Morin, Paul H. Susman

Associate Professors: Duane A. Griffin, Adrian N. Mulligan (Chair)

Assistant Professors: Nathanael Amador (visiting), Melissa Rock (visiting)

Geography studies the ways people shape and give meaning to their environments and are shaped by them. Human geography (a social science) is concerned especially with the political, economic, social, and cultural processes and resource practices that give definition to particular places, and that, in turn, are affected by them. Physical geography (a natural science) focuses on the Earth systems that create the human environment, such as weather, soils, biogeography, and Earth-sculpting processes. Specialties in geography complement and integrate material from cognate fields such as political science, economics, sociology, women's and gender studies, geology, and biology.

The course of study in geography is designed to provide a strong background in the discipline and a substantial foundation for a liberal arts education. A major in geography is good preparation for those interested in graduate work in geography, environmental and resource fields, urban planning and policy, or in careers in law, journalism, government, international affairs, business, and public service.

The major in geography consists of a minimum of EIGHT courses which must include:

  • Two Human Geography (social science credit) courses at the 200 level.
  • Two Physical Geography (natural science credit) courses.*
    *Some courses in other departments are accepted toward the major: GEOL 106 - Environmental Geology (counts for the physical geography requirement), and others with geography department approval.
  • One Methods/Skills course, usually satisfied by GEOG 204 (Applied Geographic Information Systems), but a substitute is possible with department approval (e.g., statistics).
  • One Culminating Experience course to be taken senior year (or second semester junior year with adviser's and departmental approval). Courses fulfilling this requirement include 300 level or higher (non-methods/skills) Geography courses or an independent study course designed for this purpose. In these courses, paper and/or project topics for the geography majors will be designed to ensure that the students draw upon their broader geographic education, thus providing them a more coherent appreciation of the discipline.
  • Two Geography electives which may be drawn from any 200 level or higher geography courses, but may include up to two 100-level geography courses taken before declaring the major.

The geography minor consists of five geography courses, at least one of which is a geography science course, and no more than one of which may be at the 100 level.



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