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
- 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.
Learning Goals for the Major and the Minor in Environmental Studies
These program has three learning goals:
Environmental Literacy – Students 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.
Environmental Methods/Techniques – Students who complete the minor will be able to demonstrate proficiency in at least one spatial analytical method/technique.
Environmental Problem Solving – Students 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:
- 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.
- Regional Understanding – Apply this understanding to a specific world region and situate this region in broader human and societal processes.
- Language Training – Complete language training through the intermediate level as both a mode of communication and vehicle for cultural understanding.