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College of Social Sciences
Geography bridges the natural and social sciences and employs a
spatial framework for the analysis of society, analogous to the
chronological framework of history. Central to geographic inquiry
is a concern with the human occupancy of the earth, the character
of the human environment, and the interrelationships that link
humans and the physical world. In short, geography provides a broad
understanding of the world, its peoples, and its problems.
Not surprisingly, the subject matter of geography is diverse.
Geographers examine and analyze patterns of rural and urban
settlement, resource exploitation, land use, and other cultural
phenomena. They are also concerned with such natural features and
processes of the earth's surface as the atmosphere and hydrosphere,
landforms, and the earth's biota. Using sophisticated techniques of
remote sensing, computer cartography, and new geographic
information systems, geographers today are leading the way in
analysis of many of the problems of our world. The department
offers a Bachelor of Arts in Geography, minors in urban studies and
geography, as well as certificate of completion in geographic