Department Learning Goals: Geography

Students majoring/minoring in geography draw upon their individual interests and passions to chart unique paths through the discipline. Yet, within this diversity, students take courses that are informed by the following key learning goals: 

  • Understand and use geographic concepts of place, space, and scale to explore human-environment relations;
  • Recognize the physical processes that shape the patterns of the earth’s surface, including landforms, climate, and ecosystems; 
  • Explore the many sub-disciplines of geography; 
  • Apply geographic methods, theories, and perspectives to critically tackle pressing societal questions;
  • Articulate geographic research questions and demonstrate effective reading and writing skills; 
  • Apply mapping and geospatial technologies to analyze geographic data and solve geographic problems; 
  • Understand and utilize basic quantitative and qualitative research methods.