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Geography for Secondary Education Majors
         
 
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A major or minor in geography will provide both depth and breadth in your education training. If you are interested in the social sciences, geography can equip you with knowledge of world cultures, American ethnic groups, international affairs, and the settlement of the United States. For those interested in the earth sciences, geography provides a solid background in geomorphology, conservation, GIS, biogeography, and map use. Exciting field study experiences are also available in both areas.

  • A minor in geography consists of a minimun of 16 credit hours, including at least one 100-level course, one 200-level course, and two 300-level or higher courses.

  • A major in geography consists of a minimum of 30 credit hours, including at least two 100-level courses, two 200-level courses, and four 300-level or higher courses.

Recommended Courses for the Prospective Social Science Teacher:

  • GEO 101: World Human Geography

  • GEO 102: Globalization and Development

  • GEO 200: American Ethnic Geography

  • GEO 210: Current Themes in Geography

  • GEO 274: North American Indian on Film

  • GEO 301: Regional Geographies of the World

  • GEO 385: Field Study

  • GEO 470: Political Geography

  • GEO 474: Historical Geography of the United States

  • GEO 486: Internship in Geography

  • GEO 490: Selected Topics in Geography

  • GEO 495: Independent Study
 

Recommended Courses for the Prospective Earth Science Teacher:

  • GEO 104: Geomorphology

  • GEO 204: National Parks

  • GEO 215: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

  • GEO 225: Cartography

  • GEO 230: Remote Sensing

  • GEO 260: Environmental Conservation

  • GEO 385: Field Study

  • GEO 415: Advanced Geographic Information Systems

  • GEO 486: Internship in Geography

  • GEO 490: Selected Topics in Geography (Biogeography; Environmental Management)

  • GEO 495: Independent Study
 

Field Study locations include:

  • Yellowstone National Park and the Oregon Trail

  • Indian Mound Sites of the American South

  • Ethnic Chicago: A Cultural and Social Geography of the City

  • National Parks of Arizona
 

For information on careers in geography and on internships, visit the home page of the Association of American Geographers (AAG) and follow the Careers link.

 
 
  If you have any questions about adding geography as a minor or second major please contact Prof. Jon T. Kilpinen.

 


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