The undergraduate geography curriculum for majors consists
of 36 credits. There are 21 credits of required courses and the remaining 15
credits are selected from three tracks: Global Culture, Economics, and
Society; Environment; and Geographical Techniques. There are three key learning goals for each of the
tracks, as listed below. These goals are also applicable to those required
courses that are thematically connected.
Global Culture, Economics, and Society
- Demonstrate the ability to synthesize and examine critically a range of contemporary cultural, economic, and societal issues, particularly those connected with globalization and geopolitics.
- To understand and evaluate connections and disconnections between places and peoples within the context of development and unequal power relationships.
- To be able to identify and apply analytic tools and geographic models appropriate to the study of cultural, societal, and economic issues.
- To become
literate in the terminology and frames of reference used in environmental
research and to apply terminology and frames of reference appropriately.
- Demonstrate the ability to identify and explain aspects of key environmental
issues, including global climate change and land-surface transformation.
- To be
able to identify and apply analytic tools and geographic models appropriate to
the study of environmental and natural-resource issues.
- To demonstrate an understanding of fundamental
principles, concepts, and knowledge of geographic technologies used in the
acquisition, processing, and analysis of spatial geographic data.
- To be able to locate, access, manipulate,
display, and communicate spatial geographic data on selected topics.
- To become fluent in specific
applications that support career prospects.