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Geography Alliance Courses

These courses do NOT lead to a master's degree. They are currently offered as professional development courses only.

  • Geography Alliance Courses
  • GEOG 514 Physical Geography
  • GEOG 517 Learning with Maps
  • GEOG 522 North America 3 hrs.
  • GEOG 550 World Cultural Geography
  • GEOG 502 Political Geography
  • GEOG 510 Urban Geography
  • GEOG 518 Cartography
  • GEOG 519 Advanced Cartography
  • GEOG 520 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • GEOG 521 Advanced Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • GEOG 523 Southeast Asia
  • GEOG 524 Latin America
  • GEOG 525 Geography of the US-Mexico Borderlands
  • GEOG 526 North Africa and the Middle East
  • GEOG 551 Advanced Cultural Geography
  • GEOG 552 American Indians
  • GEOG 553 Geomorphology
  • GEOG 554 Geography Alliance Summer Institute*
  • GEOG 555 Special Topics/National Geographic Workshop

502 Political Geography. (3)
A study of the role of geographic conditions and considerations in local, national, and international politics. Special attention is given to political problems and topics of current interest.

510 Urban Geography. (3)
The class examines social and environmental issues facing America’s cities. The class culminates with a trip to Washington, DC for a week of seminars with experts from government, academia, the media, and community organizations.

514 Physical Geography. (3)
Physical geography is the study of the nature of how earth’s environments have affected human land use and occupancy patterns; and of how human activity has impacted and altered earth’s natural environments.

517 Learning with Maps. (3)
This course is designed to prepare teachers to introduce K-12 students to maps and mapmaking. The course develops an understanding of grade-appropriate cartographic material and cartographic teaching techniques. The course also focuses on implementing methods for teaching the construction of maps. A third emphasis of the course involves exploring methods of using maps to communicate a variety of central environmental and social topics. Finally, in addition to cartographic techniques, students will learn principles of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and GIS teaching methods.

518 Cartography. (3)
Cartography is the study of maps and mapmaking. Students will learn how to read and make various kinds of maps. Cartography has become a computer oriented field. This orientation will be represented in this class and students will use computers to make maps.

519 Advanced Cartography. (3)
Advanced Cartography is a continuation and amplification of GEOG 518. Advanced cartographic techniques including transformation between raster and vector image formats, warping, and three-dimensional mapping are covered. The course also examines advanced thematic mapping methods and design.

520 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems. (3)
This course will enable students to develop the necessary skills related to geographic information. Students will develop skills to analyze and manipulate geographic data by demonstrating the use of GIS functions and cartographic proficiency. Students will use the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (NCGIA) Core Curriculum.

521 Advanced Geographic Information Systems. (3)
Students will learn to think critically about GIS in various terms other than the technical. Course topics include determining which GIS to use, to explore various projects using GIS, societal issues of GIS, managing a GIS, Meta-Data and the future of GIS.

522 North America. (3)
This course examines people and cultures of North America by sub-regions. Course topics include the physical environments, agriculture, religion, language, popular culture, city life, geopolitics, perceptions and the economic geography of North America.

523 Southeast Asia. (3)
This course provides students with an in depth study of SE Asia and surrounding countries. It approaches SE Asia from the perspective of environments, culture and geo-politics.

524 Geography of Latin America. (3)
The course will be a systematic introduction to the human geography of Latin America.

525 Geography of the US-Mexico Borderlands. (3)
The course is a systematic introduction to the geography of the US-Mexico borderlands.

526 North Africa and the Middle East. (3)
This course analyzes the physical processes and the cultural elements of this region.

550 World Cultural Geography. (3)
This course systematically surveys people and their environments by regions. It is an introduction to the concept of culture and the themes of geography. It introduces the idea of cultural connections between people and places across the globe. Course topics include human origins, human /environment interaction, population, agriculture, language, religion, political patterns, urban life, and economic systems.

551 Advanced Cultural Geography. (3)
This course is thematic in nature. It offers an in depth study of human geography and culture through the topics of human origins, population, agriculture, political patterns, language religion, folk societies, ethnicity, landscape, and urban life. There will be an emphasis placed on popular culture.

552 American Indians. (3)
This course focuses on the American Indian from prehistoric to contemporary times. Topics include the peopling of the Americas, Indians and the environment, Indian movement (s), Indian culture and government relation. A goal of this course is “demystify” the American Indian. Students should come to see Indians as a minority people.

553 Geomorphology. (4)
This course examines basic environmental concepts and the processes behind our physical landscapes. Students will develop an understanding of environmental philosophies and the importance of human/environmental interaction.

554 Geographic Alliance Summer Institute. (3-6)
This course is an intensive 14-day course that meets for 90 plus hours. It includes lecture and field trips as it introduces students to geography as a discipline in which critical thinking application and contemporary technological skills play a significant role. The basic focus is the study of spatial patterns in human and natural phenomena. The expected outcome is that students will appreciate and think critically about the relationship of people and the environment. The Alliance Summer Geography Institute schedule follows the educational outcomes outlined by the West Virginia DOE.

555 Special Topics/ National Geographic Workshop. (3)
This course provides students with an opportunity to do advanced study in geographic topics. Made be taken more than once for credit. Possible topics might include any of the National Geographic Workshops.

Last updated on Mar 2, 2015. Originally created on Aug 20, 2013. Report incorrect information.