Learning Goals and Objectives

Goals for Geography majors are divided into three domains: knowledge, skills, and perspectives. These are listed here in nine objectives.

Knowledge Goals

To educate students in the contents and methods of environmental and human geography, regional geography, map and imagery interpretation, and the nature of geography as an academic and professional discipline. Graduates should be able to:

Objective 1: Demonstrate and analyze knowledge of the facts, processes, and methods of environmental Geography.
Objective 2: Demonstrate and analyze knowledge of the facts, processes, and methods of human Geography.
Objective 3: Demonstrate and analyze knowledge of the facts, processes, and methods of regional Geography.
Objective 4: Demonstrate knowledge and analyze of the facts and methods of map and imagery interpretation.


Skills Goals

To educate students, both as individuals and in small groups, in (1) written, graphical, and verbal communication in geography, (2) the methods of using primary and archival data to solve geographical problems, and (3) the skills producing both maps and other geographical graphics. Graduates should be able to:

Objective 5: Prepare written and verbal presentations that report their geographical discoveries through analyses of appropriate documents, primary data, and/or archival data.in professional/technical styles.
Objective 6: Prepare maps and other geographical graphics that report their discoveries through analyses of appropriate documents, primary data, and/or archival data.


Perspectives Goals

To educate students that Geography, as a discipline transcending the sciences, social sciences and humanities, offers the possibility of solving important human problems. Graduates should be able to:

Objective 7: Explain the spatial connectivities of human societies and environments at local, regional and global scales.
Objective 8: Explain that solving geographical problems is based on experiential analyses of primary and archival data through the methods of the sciences and social sciences.
Objective 9: Appreciate that geography as an academic and professional discipline offers important knowledge as well as analytical techniques which have application in solving important human problems.