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Geography Knows No Boundaries

Learning Goals for the Major in Geography

The geography curriculum allows students to specialize in one of three tracks: Global Culture, Economics and Society; Environment; or Geographical Techniques. Each tract has three key learning goals, as listed below.

Global Culture, Economics, and Society

  1. Demonstrate the ability to synthesize and examine critically a range of contemporary cultural, economic, and societal issues, particularly those connected with globalization and geopolitics.
  2. To understand and evaluate connections and disconnections between places and peoples within the context of development and unequal power relationships.
  3. To be able to identify and apply analytic tools and geographic models appropriate to the study of cultural, societal, and economic issues.


  1. To become literate in the terminology and frames of reference used in environmental research and to apply terminology and frames of reference appropriately.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to identify and explain aspects of key environmental issues, including global climate change and land-surface transformation.
  3. To be able to identify and apply analytic tools and geographic models appropriate to the study of environmental and natural-resource issues.

Geographical Techniques

  1. To demonstrate an understanding of fundamental principles, concepts, and knowledge of geographic technologies used in the acquisition, processing, and analysis of spatial geographic data.
  2. To be able to locate, access, manipulate, display, and communicate spatial geographic data on selected topics.
  3. To become fluent in specific applications that support career prospects.

Learning Goals for the Minor in Environmental Studies

This program has three learning goals:

  1. Environmental LiteracyStudents who complete the minor will understand and be able to articulate, both orally and in writing, the core principles, concepts, and theories that form the field’s interdisciplinary foundation.
  2. Environmental Methods/TechniquesStudents who complete the minor will be able to demonstrate proficiency in at least one spatial analytical        method/technique.
  3. Environmental Problem SolvingStudents who complete the minor will be able to apply perspectives from the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities in an integrated fashion to analyze concrete environmental problems and evaluate alternative approaches to them.

Learning Goals for the Minor in International and Global Studies

This program has three learning goals:

  1. Global Literacy Gain an understanding of the degree to which forms of   human difference shape a person’s experiences of and perspectives on the world.
  2. Regional Understanding Apply this understanding to a specific world region and situate this region in broader human and societal processes.
  3. Language Training Complete language training through the intermediate level as both a mode of communication and vehicle for cultural understanding.

Upcoming Events

Mar 2 | 3:00PM | Rebecca Torres, University of Texas
Mar 21 | 9:30AM | Faculty/Staff Meeting
Mar 23 | 8:00AM | Race, Place and Justice
Mar 30 | 3:00PM | Greg Pope, Montclair State
Apr 18 | 9:30AM | Faculty/Staff Meeting
May 2 | 9:30AM | Faculty/Staff Meeting

Contact Us

Balm, Roger. Lucy Stone Hall Painting Department of Geography-Rutgers University
Lucy Stone Hall, 54
Joyce Kilmer Avenue
Piscataway, NJ 08854-8045
Voice:  848.445.4103 or 848.445.4107
Fax:  732.445.0006