Min

Geography

About

Geographers examine the complex relationship between humans and the Earth through a spatial perspective. Their work is necessarily cross-disciplinary, making this minor concentration a perfect fit at a liberal arts college. It can complement and extend your work in many areas of concentration ranging from the natural sciences to the humanities and social sciences. Geography courses also feature strongly in the interdisciplinary programs in Global and Environmental Studies.

Geography study at St. Mike’s will equip you to analyze, understand and improve the world around you, perhaps as a city or regional planner (the satisfying work of several successful recent graduates) or as a steward and preserver of valuable resources for public or private enterprises. Challenging courses help you analyze problems across traditional disciplinary boundaries, preparing you for an interesting variety of careers or later graduate studies.

By taking human geography at St. Mike’s you’ll explore Earth processes, the interaction of humans with their environment, and the organization of human activities as they relate to the spaces where humans live. In depth, you can examine the complexities of human/environment relations; and the creation and re-creation of places by technology, politics, engineering, nature, science and economics at a variety of scales, from local to global. The discipline also offers one of the central analytical viewpoints on the processes of globalization and Earth Systems – both hot topics in today’s world.

Course Offerings

Required:

GG 101 – Introduction to Human Geography
GG 417 – Directed Readings in Geography
Choose two from the following:
GG 201 – Urban Geography
GG 205 – Political Geography
GG 207 – Economic Geography
GG 211 – Water Resources
GG 311 – Community and Environmental Planning
GG 317 – Advanced Topics in Geography (when offered as a Human Geography topic)
ES 327 – Environmental Policy

In addition choose one course from the following cognate courses:

EC 215 – World Economies
EC 317 – International Economics
EC 321 – Economics of Development and Poverty
EC 351 – Environmental Economics
HI 335 – China in the Twentieth Century
HI 339 – East Asia and the West
HI 363 – Race, Class, and Gender in the Atlantic World
PO 325 – The Politics of Food Credits: 4
PO 340 – Social Movements and Contentious Politics
PO 355 – Politics of the World Economy
PO 358 – Global Environmental Politics
PO 365 – Multiculturalism in Theory and Practice
PO 385 – European Politics
PO 390 – Comparative Politics of Oppression
AN 333 – Anthropology of Refugees
SO 302 – Politics, Culture, and Globalization in Central America

Note:

Students may propose an alternative choice for the cognate elective but approval in advance from the Geography Program Director is required.

Students should consider completing GG 220 Maps and Mash-Ups or ES 260 Geographic Information Systems as part of their course of study in the Minor.

In Depth

Some courses you’ll take focus on a specific topic (the evolution of the world economy, political geography, or the geography of cities; electronic mapping ). Others are more applied focusing the ways in which societies shape their environment (geography of water; environmental policy; community and environmental planning). All are designed to broaden the social and cultural horizons of students and to contribute to a sophisticated understanding of their world. We also offer an entry-level Physical Geography class, an upper level class focused on natural hazards, and a lab-based class focused on Geographic Information Systems – also known as GIS. Natural hazards and GIS are offered through the Environmental Studies program.

Courses which focus on systematic human geography include a survey class at the introductory level as well as more specialized intermediate and upper level courses in urban, political and economic geography. Geography courses are designed to broaden the social and cultural horizons of students. Many courses fulfill elective requirements in other major and minor concentrations.

Careers

Many geographers pursue rewarding careers in education; business; local, state, or federal government agencies; and nonprofit organizations.   The fields of urban planning and community development are wide open and a natural fit for somebody with a background in geography.  Several of our graduates are working in such jobs today. Other geographers work as cartographers or in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Some find jobs in climatology for weather agencies, in transportation management, environmental management, research and specialized technical writing or teaching at the high school or college level.  The American Association of Geographers provides additional information for careers in graduates with Geography qualifications.  Find their career site at this address:  http://www.aag.org/cs/careers

Special Opportunities

Some of our students recently have conducted extensive summer research projects, such as Matt Crawford ’12 who analyzed conservation easements in Vermont and the effects they have on everything from working farms to hiking trails. Matt reports that he got a great practical education on tax and legal issues in the process.

Internships are also possible during the school year.

In Depth

Some courses you’ll take focus on a specific topic (the evolution of the world economy, political geography, or the geography of cities; electronic mapping ). Others are more applied focusing the ways in which societies shape their environment (geography of water; environmental policy; community and environmental planning). All are designed to broaden the social and cultural horizons of students and to contribute to a sophisticated understanding of their world. We also offer an entry-level Physical Geography class, an upper level class focused on natural hazards, and a lab-based class focused on Geographic Information Systems – also known as GIS. Natural hazards and GIS are offered through the Environmental Studies program.

Courses which focus on systematic human geography include a survey class at the introductory level as well as more specialized intermediate and upper level courses in urban, political and economic geography. Geography courses are designed to broaden the social and cultural horizons of students. Many courses fulfill elective requirements in other major and minor concentrations.

Careers

Many geographers pursue rewarding careers in education; business; local, state, or federal government agencies; and nonprofit organizations.   The fields of urban planning and community development are wide open and a natural fit for somebody with a background in geography.  Several of our graduates are working in such jobs today. Other geographers work as cartographers or in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Some find jobs in climatology for weather agencies, in transportation management, environmental management, research and specialized technical writing or teaching at the high school or college level.  The American Association of Geographers provides additional information for careers in graduates with Geography qualifications.  Find their career site at this address:  http://www.aag.org/cs/careers

Special Opportunities

Some of our students recently have conducted extensive summer research projects, such as Matt Crawford ’12 who analyzed conservation easements in Vermont and the effects they have on everything from working farms to hiking trails. Matt reports that he got a great practical education on tax and legal issues in the process.

Internships are also possible during the school year.