When students experience a concept for themselves, their grasp of the material is enhanced. Fieldwork is critical in molding strong and effective students of geography, and our students have conducted research throughout the U.S. and in other countries such as China, Senegal, Peru, and Canada. Fieldwork has been proven to develop subject-specific and transferable skills, promote active learning, and link theory to real-world applications.
This course provides an overview of geography’s role in regional and city planning and urban design. The course will provide a broad overview of urban planning history and issues. We will learn about major planning movements in the United States, influential planners who changed the nature of cities and urban design, and current planning dilemmas. We will also learn how to conduct a basic demographic profile and apply it to urban planning concepts.
Enroll in Geography 4904/7904: Geographies of Drugs and Terrorism
Terrorism and drugs display many of the same roots and manifestations in geographical space. International efforts to combat these problems employ similar strategies. It is also possible that the war on terrorism will have the same impact as the war on drugs: it will encourage proliferation. The course will explore these connections. Terrorism and drugs may best be viewed as belonging in the interconnected web of ideas, monies and materials that is globalization: witness ISIS’ rise through social media. We will pay special attention to ISIS and other Islamist insurgencies. During the class you will think, speak and write effectively about these and other issues.
Many scientists are in agreement that we have entered the Anthropocene, a new geologic epoch that recognizes the nearly ubiquitous influence of humans on natural earth processes and resulting patterns. In this course, we will examine the spatial and temporal rates of change to forest ecosystems throughout the past ca. 10,000 years during the Holocene epoch to compare with contemporary findings that argue for the onset of the Anthropocene.