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DEPT. OF GLOBAL STUDIES AND GEOGRAPHY COURSES OFFERED - SPRING '15 SEMESTER

GEOGRAPHY

What Should You Take First?
Besides our Senior Seminars (and Geog 160), our classes can be taken at any time, but any of the following courses is a great introduction, whether you just want to try out geography or you want to major or minor in it.  All courses involve a combination of lecture, discussion, and writing.  

Geog 001 (BH) – World Regional Geography  MWF 9:05-10:00, TR 9:35 -11:00 
Offers an overview of the major regions of the world, their characteristics, and the contemporary human and environmental issues faced by each.. Great for anyone who wants to know more about the world. Required for both the GS and Geography Major and Minor.

Geog 002 (BH) – Human Geography  TR 2:20-3:45 
An exploration of how society drives environmental and geographical issues. It mainly deals with Population Geography, Political Geography, Economic Geography, Cultural Geography, and Urban and Regional Geography. Required for the Geography Major and Minor.

Geog 005 (BH) – Population and Migration Geography  MWF 10:10-11:05 
This course examines the factors that influence population size, distribution and structure, and relates them to environmental, economic, and political impacts.

Geog 007 (BH) – GIS for Beginners  M 1:55-2:50, W 1:55-2:50 
This 1-credit Geographical Information Systems (GIS) course introduces non-geography students to the core concepts of ArcView GIS software. Students will create basic maps, exploring the data behind them, and gain an understanding of how GIS is used to visualize real-world features, identify patterns, etc.

Other Courses to Explore:

Geog 060 (BH) – Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) MW 2:55 -4:20 
Introduces students to GIS foundations, concepts, and application techniques.  GIS integrates several information technologies, such as mapping and database management systems, providing spatial information.  GIS is increasingly an essential tool in a wide array of professional fields. Required for the Geography Major. Highly recommended for majors in Urban Ecology, Geology, Marketing, and International Business.

Geog 103 (BH) – Urban Geography   MW 6:30-7:55 
Introduction to the key features of urban geography, including the distribution, structure and hierarchy of towns and cities, the economic basis for cities, the growth of world cities, urban policy and urban problems, and urban and regional planning. While the scope is global, the emphasis is on the development of the United States urban landscape.

Geog 113C (CC) – Geography of East & Southeast Asia   ONLINE
This course examines East and Southeast Asia, commonly known as Pacific Asia. Pacific Asian societies have experienced various phases of development since the end of World War II. Topics include socioeconomic features of: Japan, China, South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and other countries such as Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines. Problems and prospects of development in the region as well as issues related to urbanization, transportation, agriculture and resource development are covered.

Geog 135 (BH) – Economic Geography  TR 2:20-3:45
Theory and analysis of the location of economic activities; distribution and hierarchy of central places; land use; delineation, structure and growth of economic regions.

Geog 140 (BH, CC) – Geography of Latin America  TR 8:00-9:25 
Study of the physical and human geographic roots of Latin American societies, from Mexico to the southern cone of South America. Explores the forces that shaped this unique region and considers its role in the contemporary world. Impact of historical geography since pre-Columbian period on modern Latin America. Economic and political geography in relation to other world regions. Changing human landscapes and social transformations currently affecting many of the area's inhabitants.

Geog 145 (BH, CC) – Geography of Africa TR 4:30-5:55 and ONLINE 
Study of Africa’s diverse human and physical landscapes, focusing on the interaction between the two.  The cultural, environmental, economic, social, political, and population geographies will be analyzed.

Courses Requiring Prerequisite:

Geog 160  – Intermediate Geographic Information Systems  MW 4:30-5:55
This is highly recommended for anyone who wants to learn more about GIS. Geog 60 is a prerequisite for the class.

Geog 170  – Advanced Geographic Information Systems  TBA
This advanced course covers GIS foundations, concepts, and application techniques in-depth. Primarily focuses upon the professional applications of GIS technology, such as project management, geodatabase creation, advanced cartography, and data analysis. Students acquire proficiency in applying GIS to the analysis of problems in a wide array of fields. Students may choose projects related to their area of interest (e.g., geography, sustainability, ecology, geology, history, etc.). Geog 160 is a prerequisite for the class.

Geog 191-Senior Seminar: Geographic Methodology  T 12:45-2:10.  Required for Geography major. Highly recommended for all seniors in Global Studies who are planning on doing an Honors thesis.


GLOBAL STUDIES

What Should You Take First?
These two courses can be taken in any sequence. Both of these classes are highly relevant to a wide variety of majors:

GS 001 (IS) Introduction to Global Studies MW 2:55-4:20 & MW 4:30-5:55
Introduces students to different perspectives on global studies, exposing them to critical global economic and political issues and challenges.   Examines globalization at global, regional, national, and individual levels. Required for Global Studies Major.

GS 002 (CC,IS) Cultural Globalization TR 9:35-11:00 & 11:10-12:35
Taking an interdisciplinary approach, examines the effects of global culture on cultural formation throughout the world (with particular attention to the “non-Western” world). Required for Global Studies Major.

Other Courses to Explore:

GS 104C (IS) Global Popular Culture MW 4:30-5:55 
Learn about countries around the world through an exploration of global pop culture and media. This course explores specific cultural products and practices such as novels, telenovelas, and Bollywood movies. Students develop ways of experiencing pop culture for better global understanding.

GS 104M (IS) Globalization and the Cinematic Unwinding of America W 12:45-2:50 
This seminar course will analyze the impact of globalization on the nature of work in America by focusing on important American movies from the last three decades, together with two key texts, The Unwinding by George Packer and Pivotal Decade by Judith Stein. These two texts and the selected movies (such as, Network, Roger and Me, Falling Down, and Wall Street) will form the backdrop for each of the weekly seminar topics.

GS 120 (IS) iGlobalization-Moving the Things We Buy TR 11:10-12:35
Introduction to rapidly evolving global transport and communication systems, highlighting the importance of transportation and distribution management within globalization, trade, and logistics of corporations. Also explores the effect of new communication modes on trade and culture. This course is particularly relevant to majors in Marketing, International Business.

Courses Requiring Prerequisite:

GS 180 (IS) Senior Seminar in Global Studies T 2:20-4:20 & R 2:20-4:20 Required for the Global Studies Major.


Department of Global Studies and Geography

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