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Geography

To inquire about this program:
Dr. Jessey Gilley | 423.869.7423 | [email protected]

TOPICS COVERED IN THE GEOGRAPHY MINOR

Places vary greatly in climate, resources, and cultural views, but even places that are far from each other share numerous commonalities. To understand the world, it is important to learn how people and places are interconnected. A  minor in Geography allows students to examine interconnectedness in a variety of natural and social contexts including:

·     global weather patterns,

·     extreme natural events such as volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tornadoes, and hurricanes,

·     food and agriculture,

·     urban and rural population development,

·     healthcare,

·     international relations and struggles over identity, and

·     water resources, air quality, and energy consumption.

 

RELEVANCE TO CURRENT GLOBAL ISSUES

A thorough understanding of global geography is extremely relevant in the current political, social, and environmental context. Events such as wars, cultural shifts, natural disasters, and economic crises do not just happen, but are influenced by complex circumstances. Geography explores global issues while at the same time celebrating the ways local people live and experience their everyday lives.

APPLICATIONS IN THE WORKPLACE

Future teachers can help students understand the world around them when they themselves have an in-depth understanding of geography, and environmental workers benefit from exploring the varied factors that connect people across the globe. Geography provides depth to the social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences at all academic levels, and healthcare workers benefit by understanding the unevenness of health and disease and the health needs of local communities. For business leaders, geography is imperative to creating and marketing new products and services.

COURSES

Select 18 credit hours from the following:

GEOG 100 Introduction to Geography 3

GEOG 110 World Regional Geography 3

GEOG 120 Introduction to Physical Geography: Plant Earth 4

GEOG 211 Introduction to Human Geography 3

GEOG 300 Environmental Geography 3

GEOG 350 Geography of Religion 3

GEOG 440 Geography of Appalachia 3

GEOG 496 Independent Study in Geography 1-6

GEOG 498 Internship 1-6