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2013-2015 University Catalog 
2013-2015 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Geography, Department of

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Department Chair

John Carroll

Department Office/Website

Humanities 420A


John Carroll, Mark Drayse, James Miller, Jon Taylor, Robert Voeks, Jindong Wu, Lei Xu


Geography is the study of the earth as the home of humanity. Geography provides a broad understanding of the processes that unite people, places and environments. Geographers explore the diverse regions of the contemporary world in pursuit of global understanding. They tie together the study of human spatial organizations and cultural landscapes with an in-depth investigation of the earth’s landforms, climates and vegetation. Their methods range from fieldwork in foreign areas to advanced information technologies like computerized geographic information systems and remote sensing. Geography graduates find rewarding careers in environmental analysis and planning, business, government agencies and education.

Learning Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

The following learning goals and learning outcomes have been established for students pursuing a degree in Geography:

Personal, civic, educational and career

  • Students’ interests reflect the diversity of the discipline
  • Students prepared to thrive in a world of shrinking distances and global economies
  • Students have access to courses that prepare them for graduate school and careers in planning, environmental analysis, education and geospatial technologies

Intellectual inquiry and effective communication

  • Understand the patterns and processes of human and physical geography including the interaction between humanity and the earth’s environments
  • Appreciate the values of intellectual inquiry involving both synthesis and analysis
  • Develop skills of observation and measurement needed for geographic inquiry
  • Communicate with maps as well as text and graphics


  • Solve problems using advanced Geographic Information Systems and remote sensing technology
  •  Understand the role of the Internet for accessing geographic information

Multi-cultural environments

  • Develop a strong global perspective
  • Understand the diversity of the earth’s peoples and environments

Collaborative experiences

  • Experience substantial involvement with small group learning
  • Interact with faculty outside of classroom

Programs and Courses Offered


    Bachelor of ArtsMaster of ArtsNon-Degree



      Courses are designated as GEOG in the class schedule.

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