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2020-2021 University Catalog 
2020-2021 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Geography and Anthropology

The Department of Geography and Anthropology offers majors in Geography and Anthropology.



Kristen Conway-Gómez, Chair
Amy Dao, Anthropology Coordinator

Mark W. Allen
James J.A. Blair
Claudia Garcia-Des Lauriers
Katherine M. Kinkopf

Anthropology is the scientific study of the peoples of the world, past and present, in the broadest possible sense: their total cultural and biological heritage. The goal of anthropology is a complete understanding of the human species, from its origins several million years ago to the present, including all of its current cultural and biological diversity. Students majoring in Anthropology in the department of Geography and Anthropology enroll in one of three subplans: General Anthropology, Archaeology, or Applied Anthropology. Through a common integrated core of courses selected from all four of the major anthropological subfields (Sociocultural Anthropology, Biological Anthropology, Archaeology, and Linguistics), each of the two subplans provides students with a broad-based understanding of the diverse subject matter of anthropology. Each subplan then diverges to provide additional training aimed toward better serving the individual needs of students with different specialty interests and career goals. Students completing this program receive a Bachelor of Science degree.



Kristen Conway-Gómez, Chair
Kelly Huh, Geography Coordinator

Gabriel Granco
Michael Reibel
Lin Wu

The Geography degree program, which is housed in the Department of Geography and Anthropology, is designed to provide an understanding of humankind’s cultural and physical environments by examining the dynamic systems (both natural and human) through which these diverse settings are changed or sustained. Students majoring or minoring in Geography analyze social and environmental change as they affect local areas and regions and compare solutions which have been attempted in various parts of the world. Attention is given to the relationships between population use of resources and environmental and social impacts in rural and urban settings.

Majors may choose any of three subplans: Geographical Studies Subplan, which blends physical, cultural and regional geography courses with field work; the Environmental Studies Subplan, which equips graduates for careers as environmental analysts, managers and policy makers, and the Geospatial Analysis Subplan, which prepares students for careers in the rapidly expanding field of spatial data systems for land use management, local government and environmental protection. The Geospatial Analysis subplan emphasizes technical skills such as air photo interpretation, computer cartography and geographic information systems (GIS) software and techniques. Students completing this program receive a Bachelor of Science Degree.

Training in this major provides a broad and suitable background for careers requiring an understanding of peoples, groups, and their cultural and regional institutions. Careers specifically related to this program include government employment in various capacities, secondary school teaching, and positions in international or multicultural capacities in business and management. Preparation for graduate training in this discipline is also offered to majors.




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