Geography

Contact Information:
Dept.:  Social Science
Office: SS 103
Phone: 537-6224
Email: SocialScience@smsu.edu

The Geography Program offers Introduction to Geography and courses in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Introduction to Geography has Social Science and People and Environment designations. It is also part of the Social Science Education Curriculum. Geography enables people to know the ways of and find their place in a changing world.

Academic Catalog, Course Descriptions

Goals of the Geography Program
Goal 1

The Geography Program seeks to create educational foundations for spatial thinking, geographic thought, the social sciences, and people and environment inquiry.
Goal 2
The Geography Program seeks to instill, advance, and spread knowledge of human geography, physical geography, and geographic tools and technologies.
Goal 3
The Geography Program seeks to promote, further, and expand knowledge in other areas of the Liberal Arts Education Curriculum of a Comprehensive University.

Geography Program Student Learning Outcomes
Student Learning Outcome 1
Identify the relative location, direction, size, and shape of locales, regions, and the world.

Student Learning Outcome 2
Determine distance, scale, area, density, and distinguish spatial distribution patterns.

* Create, interpret, use, and synthesize information from various representations of the earth
* Use appropriate resources, data sources, and geographic tools to generate and manipulate charts, graphs, and use maps and to interpret information from resources including atlases, databases, and grid systems
* Apply the basic elements of maps, mapmaking, and spatial analysis to special projects and to everyday life
* Describe physical and cultural patterns and their interaction
* Describe how people create places that reflect culture, human needs, government policy, and current values and ideals
* Explain physical earth systems and how physical earth system changes explain geographic phenomena
* Explain the relationships among various regional and global patterns of geographic phenomena
* Consider the spatial components of human populations and human behavior
* Consider the concept of region with a particular emphasis on southwestern Minnesota

Student Learning Outcome 3
Demonstrate knowledge of concepts, methods, and theories designed to enhance understanding of the natural world and human society.

Student Learning Outcome 4
Demonstrate the ability to access, comprehend, compare, and evaluate contemporary scientific and social literature.

Student Learning Outcome 5
Demonstrate an awareness of multiple world views, and how each is shaped by the interaction of physical and social factors.

* Evaluate how historical events have been influenced by, and have influenced, physical and human geographic factors in local, regional, national, and global settings.
* Consider conditions and motivations that contribute to conflict, cooperation, and interdependence among groups, societies, and nations.

Student Learning Outcome 6
Classify processes of environmental change and evaluate the relationship between human beings and their surroundings, bringing to bear knowledge from many disciplines.

Student Learning Outcome 7
Consider changing perceptions, definitions, practices and policies that shape environments and nature.

Student Learning Outcome 8
Consider the ethical and physical ramifications of scientific decisions on society and the environment.

Student Learning Outcome 9
Evaluate causes, consequences, and possible solutions to persistent, contemporary, and emerging global issues.

 

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