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Degree Earned
Bachelor of Arts: Geography

Graduates of the UMF Geography Department will be engaged citizens and lifelong learners who can apply a deep understanding of geographic principles to issues facing their neighborhoods, state, and the world.

Learning Goals:

  • Students will become sophisticated learners, handling ambiguity, shifting perspectives, strategic thinking, and critical thinking.
  • Students will develop an intellectual identity as a geographer by acquiring specialized knowledge and interests within the broader disciplinary domain.
  • Students will encounter difference (e.g., spatial, cultural, class, status, gender, sexual, ethnic, and racial) and cultivate ways of uncovering, handling and valuing difference.
  • Students will understand the importance of space, place, and environment (i.e., human-environment connection).

Assessment Criteria:

  • Students will think and read critically and analytically.
  • Students will use effective writing to support and critique multiple viewpoints.
  • Students will interpret visual texts, media, quantitative data, maps, and landscapes.
  • Students will be able to connect conceptual frameworks to real world, hands-on problems.
  • Students will connect to processes going on a various scales, seeing themselves in relation to and acting on local-to-global dynamics.
  • Students will be able to connect conceptual frameworks to real world, hands-on problems.
  • Concentrations:

Place and Culture

Students will be able to identify the cultural and physical characteristics of place and understand their impact on landscapes.

Nature and Society

Students will be able to identify the social, political and spatial connections to the environment.

Communities and Development

Students will be able to analyze the range of economic factors and processes that impact communities and their development.

 

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

Geography Core (12 credits)

GEO 103S Peoples and Environments   
or    
GEO 104S Global Transformations 4
GEO 200S
Geographical Imaginations                            
4
GEO 450 Research in Geography 4
 
Students also select ONE concentration from the options below or design your own concentration from geography course offerings, and complete at least three courses (12 credits) in that concentration:
 
Place and Culture (12 credits)
 
GEO 212S
Latin America: Peoples & Environments          
4
GEO 214S Asia: Peoples and Environments 4
GEO 219 Geography of Maine 4
GEO 325 Geography of Health and Disease 4
GEO 334 Political Geography 4
or    

Nature and Society (12 credits)

GEO 231S Environmental Issues 4
GEO 235 Physical Geography 4
GEO 325 Geography of Health and Disease           4
GEO 331 Nature and Society 4
GEO 340 Land Use 4
or    
 
Communities and Development (12 credits)
 
GEO 204 Geospatial Information 4
GEO 304 GIScience 4
GEO 310 International Development 4
GEO 320 Economic Geography 4
GEO 343 Town and Regional Planning                     4
or    

Individualized Concentration (12 credits)

Geography electives (16 credits)

 

Total Credits for the Major: 40

 

FOREIGN LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT
One year of one foreign language at the college level or two years of one foreign language at the high school level.

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
For specific information about general education requirements and expectations, see the General Education Requirements in the Academic Programs section of this catalog.

MINIMUM TOTAL CREDITS FOR THE DEGREE: 128

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