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Geography Major

BA/BS in Geography

The Department of Geography believes that geographic literacy is essential for the lifelong development and professional service of all the university’s students, not merely those majoring or minoring in the discipline.  We aim to provide a learning environment in which students will have structured opportunities to develop expertise in geography and to also achieve the institutional Undergraduate Learning Outcomes.

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Geographic study at WOU focuses on the following learning outcomes for students:

  1. Explain important elements of geographic thought and practice.
  2. Interpret the interrelationships between people, space and place.
  3. Analyze human-environment relations.

For more information, contact the Department Chair, Dr. Mike McGlade, 503-838-8381, mcgladm@wou.edu.

Faculty: Shaun Huston ( hustons@wou.edu), Sriram Khe ( khes@wou.edu), and Mark Van Steeter ( vanstem@wou.edu).

View or download a four-year graduation program for geography majors: Four Year Geography Major Plan

GEOGRAPHY MAJOR (64 Credits)

Foundations (12)

  • GEOG 105, 106, 107 Introductory Geography

Geographic Thought and Practice (12)

  • GEOG 495 History and Philosophy of Geography

Choose Two:

  • GEOG 240 Map and Air Photo Interpretation
  • GEOG 321 Field Geography
  • GEOG or ES 340 Cartography
  • GEOG or ES 341 Geographic Information Systems
  • GEOG 384 Qualitative Methods
  • GEOG 385 Quantitative Methods
  • GEOG 386 Making Digital Video for the Social Sciences

People, Space and Place (8)

Choose Two:

  • GEOG 327 Popular Culture in Global Perspective
  • GEOG 370 Human Migration
  • GEOG 371 Mexico & Central America
  • GEOG 391 Biogeography
  • GEOG 410 Global Issues
  • GEOG 411 Cultural Geography

Human-Environment Relations (8)

Choose Two:

  • GEOG 380 Environmental Conservation
  • GEOG 425 Urban Planning and Policy
  • GEOG 470 Energy, Environment and Society
  • GEOG 480 Nature and the American West

Capstone (4)

Choose one of the following three concentrations:

Culture and Politics (20)

Choose five:

  • GEOG 207 Geography and Film
  • GEOG 327 Popular Culture in Global Perspective
  • GEOG 380 Environmental Conservation
  • GEOG 409 Practicum
  • GEOG 411 Cultural Geography
  • GEOG 412 Special Topics
  • GEOG 420 The West and the American Imagination
  • GEOG 421 The Changing American West
  • GEOG 433 Political Geography
  • GEOG 480 Nature and the American West

Urban and International (20)

Choose five:

  • GEOG 315 The Indian Subcontinent
  • GEOG 370 Human Migration
  • GEOG 371 Mexico and Central America
  • GEOG 409 Practicum
  • GEOG 410 Global Issues
  • GEOG 412 Special Topics
  • GEOG 413 Urban Geography
  • GEOG 418 International Trade and Transportation
  • GEOG 425 Urban Planning and Policy
  • GEOG 435 U.S. & Canadian Geopolitics
  • GEOG 470 Energy, Environment, and Society

Physical Environment (20)

Choose five:

  • GEOG 321 Field Geography
  • GEOG 380 Environmental Conservation
  • GEOG 391 Biogeography
  • GEOG 392 Physical Geography
  • GEOG 393 Soils Geography
  • GEOG 409 Practicum
  • GEOG 412 Special Topics
  • GEOG 425 Urban Planning and Policy
  • GEOG 470 Energy, Environment, and Society
  • GEOG 480 Nature and the American West
  • GEOG 490 Climatology

Contact

Division of Social Sciences 503-838-8288 | or e-mail: ryalss@wou.edu Location: HSS 231

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