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Professor M.D. Price

Associate Professors E. Chacko (Chair), L.M. Benton-Short, D. Rain, R. Engstrom

Assistant Professors M. Atia, M. Keeley, N. Shiklomanov, M. Mann

Teaching Assistant Professor J.P. Dymond

Professorial Lecturers L. Marcus, I. Cheung, J. Cromartie

Master of Arts in the field of geography—Prerequisite: a bachelor’s degree with a major in geography or in a related field in the social or natural sciences.

Required: the general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences. Course work must include Geog 6201 and 6221.

Thesis and nonthesis options are available: The thesis option requires a minimum of 30 credit hours of course work, including Thesis Research; the nonthesis option requires completion of 36 credit hours of graduate work. All degree candidates must take a Master’s Comprehensive Examination.

Depending upon the chosen field of specialization, each student will select electives from appropriate courses within the department or from related programs and departments within the University or the Consortium of Universities. The student’s program of study will be developed in consultation with the advisor and graduate committee.

With permission, a limited number of upper-division undergraduate courses in the department may be taken for graduate credit; additional course work is required. See the Undergraduate Programs Bulletin for course listings.

The green leaf indicates that the course addresses environmental, social or economic sustainability.
6201 Geographic Thought and Methods (3) Atia
  For first-year master’s students, a survey of geographic thought, theories, and methods. Emphasis on contemporary issues in geography and on the development of research.
6207 Urban Planning and Development (3) Keeley
  Selected problems in urban and regional planning: applications of zoning, environmental controls, and other techniques for achieving sustainable urban development.
6208 Land Use and Urban Transportation Planning (3) Marcus
Relationships between land use and the movement of goods and people. Examination of land use and transportation planning principles, issues, and techniques. Roles of public and private interests in land use and transportation planning and management.
6219 Seminar: Urban Climate (3) Staff
  Inadvertent climate modification due to urbanization and impacts on environmental and human health.
6220 Seminar: Climatic Change (3) Shiklomanov
Examination of natural and human-induced climatic change, at global, regional, and local scales.
6221 Geospatial Techniques (3) Engstrom, Mann
  Integration of GIS, remote sensing, and spatial modeling. Same as EMSE 6340.
6222 Seminar: Resources and the Environment (3) Staff
  Topics related to the spatial variations and interrelationships of resources and the environment; applications of geographic information systems and remote sensing. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
6223 Seminar: Population and Health (3) Chacko
  Interrelationships between population characteristics and dynamics and impacts on human health.
6224 Seminar: Political Geography (3) Dymond
  Examination of political factors in location theory and analysis of the nature of political territories and conflict.
6225 Seminar: Transportation and Development (3) Marcus
  Transportation and communication in the organization of space.
6230 Seminar: Environmental Issues in Development (3) Rain
A consideration of the geographical dimensions of the links between development and the environment.
6232 Migration and Development (3) Price, Chacko
  Immigration analyzed from a geographical perspective, with focus on the complex and varied impact immigration has on development.
6243 Seminar: Urban Geography (3) Benton-Short, Rain
Topics concerning social, political, economic, and environmental issues in U.S. cities.
6244 Seminar: Urban Sustainability (3) Benton-Short, Keeley
Urban sustainability and environmental issues in developed and developing cities.
6250 Geographical Perspectives on Development (3) Chacko, Atia
  Theory and debates surrounding economic development in a globalizing world, with case studies.
6261 Geographical Perspectives on Latin America (3) Price, Dymond
  Natural resources, the environment, and population dynamics through time.
6262 Geographical Perspectives on the Middle East (3) Atia
  Examination of selected topics related to political, economic, social, cultural, and geographic patterns and processes in the region.
6265 Seminar: Geography of the Former Soviet Union (3) Shiklomanov
  Survey of the regions and major topical themes of the geography of the former Soviet Union, including population, energy, agriculture, transportation, and regional development.
6290 Principles of Demography (3) Boulier
  Same as Econ/Soc 6290/Stat 6290.
6291 Methods of Demographic Analysis (3) Boulier
  Same as Econ/Soc 6291/Stat 6291.
6293 Special Topics (3) Staff
  Consideration of geographic aspects of topical social or environmental problems. May be repeated for credit provided the topic differs.
6295 Research (arr.) Staff
  May be repeated for credit.
6299 Internship (1 to 3) Staff
  Fieldwork, internship, or other approved assignment with an agency or organization engaged in work in applied geography. May be repeated but only to a maximum of 3 credits.
6998-99 Thesis Research (3-3) Staff

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