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Geography—Globalization and Development Major (B.A.)

  • Framework for analyzing national and international development
  • Integrated approach to studying global change and individual and community well-being
  • Career preparation for work in community and international development
  • Preparation for graduate or law school

Admissions Information

Degree Requirements

Major code BA4231

Faculty Contact: Dr. Geoff Buckley (hyperlink to bio page)

Program Overview

The Geography—Globalization and Development major provides students with a sophisticated understanding of contemporary global issues and a geographical framework for analyzing key issues involved in national and international development, especially as it relates to the global south. Reflecting the discipline of geography as a whole, this major emphasizes an integrated approach to studying the relationship of global change to individual and community well-being by combining the benefits of area studies with theoretical and topical investigations in the curriculum.

Geographers are interested in the spatial patterns observed on earth. Bridging the natural and social sciences, Geography is the interdisciplinary study of environments and how people interact with the environment. It is important to study geography because many of the world’s problems require understanding the interdependence between human activities and the environment. Geography is therefore a beneficial major for students because its theories and methods provide them with analytical skills relevant to occupations focused on solving social and environmental problems. The Geography Department offers eight majors that help students tailor their focus of study.

The department is committed to excellence in both teaching and advising. Several faculty members have received teaching awards, and faculty are known across campus for the quality of their advising. As a geography major, students meet one-on-one with their faculty adviser every semester during advising week, and they are always welcome to talk with their adviser at any time throughout the semester whenever questions may arise. In addition to advising students about their academic programs, the department provides timely information about internships, nationally competitive awards, and other opportunities as they arise. Many students complete internships, and several over the last few years have received nationally competitive awards.

Careers and Graduate School

With a liberal arts degree in Geography – Globalization and Development, students are prepared for employment in a variety of fields, including non-profit and government work, particularly in the areas of community and international development. This degree also will prepare students well to work in the private sector in an international context. Graduates from this program will also be well situated to continue on to graduate school or law school, with research and professional interest in academic fields, including, but not limited to, geography, public affairs and policy, development studies, and community and regional planning.

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Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission: No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Change to Program Policy: No selective or limited admission requirements.

External Transfer Admission: No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Degree Requirements

University-wide Graduation Requirements

To complete this program, students must meet all University-wide graduation requirements.

College-Level Requirements for the College of Arts & Sciences

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Geography - Globalization and Development Major

The major requirement for the B.A. degree in Geography - Globalization and Development is a minimum of 47 hours of geography.

Geography Foundations

Complete the following geography foundation courses with at least the minimum grade indicated for each course:

  • GEOG 1100 - Physical Geography Credit Hours: 4.0 (C or better grade required)
  • GEOG 1200 - Human Geography Credit Hours: 3.0 (C or better grade required)
  • GEOG 2680 - Introduction to GIS and Mapping Sciences Credit Hours: 4.0 (C or better grade required)
  • GEOG 2710 - Introduction to Statistics in Geography Credit Hours: 3.0 (C- or better grade required)
  • GEOG 4800 - Senior Seminar in Geography Credit Hours: 3.0

Geography Technique/Method Courses

Complete one course from the following:

  • GEOG 3600 - Cartography I Credit Hours: 4.0
  • GEOG 3650 - Air Photo Interpretation Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOG 4660 - Principles of Remote Sensing Credit Hours: 4.0
  • GEOG 4712 - Field Methods in Geography Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOG 4730 - Principles of GIS Credit Hours: 4.0

Geography Regional Courses

Complete two regional courses from the following:

  • GEOG 3310 - Geography of Africa Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOG 3330 - Appalachia: Land and People Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOG 3350 - Geography of Latin America Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOG 3380 - Geography of Asia Credit Hours: 3.0

Program Core Requirements

Complete the following program core courses:

  • GEOG 1310 - Globalization and the Developing World Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOG 2400 - Environmental Geography Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOG 3290 - World Economic Geography Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOG 3400 - Geography of Development Credit Hours: 3.0

Program Core Electives

Complete three program core elective courses from the following:

  • GEOG 3210 - Population Geography Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOG 3250 - Political Geography Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOG 3260 - Urban Geography Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOG 3270 - Social Geographies Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOG 3410 - Geography of Hunger and Food Security Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOG 3430 - Global Issues in Environment Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOG 3440 - Agricultural Ecosystems Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOG 4450 - Gender, Environment, and Development Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOG 4480 - Migration and Development Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOG 4560 - The City and the Environment Credit Hours: 3.0

Extra-departmental Requirements

Complete two courses from the following:

  • ANTH 3500 - Economic Anthropology Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ANTH 3510 - Political Anthropology Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ANTH 3550 - Medical Anthropology Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ECON 1030 - Principles of Microeconomics Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ECON 1040 - Principles of Macroeconomics Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ECON 3120 - Economics of Poverty Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ECON 3130 - Economics of the Environment Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ECON 3140 - Natural Resource Economics Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ECON 3350 - Economics of Energy Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ECON 3500 - Development Economics Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ECON 3510 - Agricultural Development Credit Hours: 3.0
  • MDIA 2150 - Media Globalization Credit Hours: 3.0
  • MDIA 4015 - Media and Development Credit Hours: 3.0
  • POLS 1500 - Themes in Global Politics Credit Hours: 3.0
  • POLS 2300 - Democracies and Dictatorships Around the World Credit Hours: 3.0
  • POLS 2500 - International Relations Credit Hours: 3.0
  • POLS 4400 - The Politics of Developing Areas Credit Hours: 3.0
  • POLS 4490 - Nationalism/Ethnic Conflict Credit Hours: 3.0
  • POLS 4495 - The Challenges of Democratization Credit Hours: 3.0
  • POLS 4840 - The Politics of Sustainability Credit Hours: 3.0
  • WGSS 4100 - Global Feminisms Credit Hours: 3.0
  • WGSS 4110 - Women and Globalization Credit Hours: 3.0

 

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