BA in Geography-Anthropology

The Bachelor of Arts in geography-anthropology emphasizes the integration of the two disciplines and the common interests in the relationship between human populations and their natural environment, decision-making strategies of human groups, and the health and nutritional status of human societies.

Geography-Anthropology students explore human-environmental processes in western and non-western cultures and engage in field experiences in archaeology, anthropology, and geography. As a result of data collection in the field or analysis in our specialized learning laboratories, students also have the opportunity to engage in scholarship through publications and conference presentations, and often receive assistantships and fellowships funded by such organizations as the National Science Foundation, NASA, and the Maine Space Grant consortium.

The major is an interdisciplinary degree program. Students enrolled in the major select either a concentration in geography or anthropology and are expected to take courses from both disciplines. The program of study beyond the basic requirements should be planned carefully, in close consultation with the student's program advisor, and should be approved by the latter. Such an arrangement allows for flexibility according to the student's interests while also providing close guidance and a control of educational quality by the Geography-Anthropology program.

All students with majors or specific discipline minors in the social sciences must achieve at least six credits with grades of B or better in the requirements of those majors or minors. No grades of D will be counted toward fulfillment of the major or minor requirements. Except for Independent Studies, no required course may be repeated more than one time.

All students are reminded that, in addition to meeting departmental requirements for the major, they must also meet the University's minimum readiness requirements and the Core curriculum requirements.  Students are required to take MAT 120 for the Quantitative Reasoning requirement of the Core.

The minimum number of credits (exclusive of the University's Core curriculum) required for the major: 40-46.

All students must take:

  • ANT 101 Anthropology: The Cultural View
  • ANT 103 Introduction to Archaeology
  • GEO 101 Human Geography
  • GEO 102 Physical Geography
  • GYA 210 Perspectives on Environment, Society and Culture since 1750

All students then elect to concentrate in either anthropology or geography.

Students who elect to concentrate in anthropology must also take:

Three of the following topical, regional or ethnography courses from a minimum of two different professors

  • ANT 102 Biological Anthropology
  • ANT 201 Human Origins
  • ANT 202 Origins of Civilization
  • ANT 213 Human Ecology
  • ANT 220 Indigenous Studies of North America
  • ANT 222 Peoples of the North
  • ANT 232 The Anthropology of Sex and Gender
  • ANT 233 Food and Culture
  • ANT 241 Tourism and Community Development
  • ANT 250 Archaeology of South America
  • ANT 261 Introduction to Cultural Tourism
  • ANT 302 Medical Anthropology
  • ANT 310 History of Anthropological Thought
  • ANT 450 Topics in Anthropology

One of the following techniques or applied courses:

  • ANT 306 Analysis of Archaeological Materials
  • ANT 308 Environmental Archaeology
  • ANT 315 Ethnography: Methods, Ethics, and Practice
  • ANT 355 Public Interpretation in Anthropology
  • ANT 360 Public Archaeology
  • GEO 208 Cartography I
  • GEO 305 Remote Sensing
  • GEO 308 GIS I

12 additional credit hours, 3 of which must be ANT courses at or above the 300 level, 3 of which must be GYA/ANT at or above 300 level (may include Internship in Applied GYA or Field Experience), and 3 of which must be GEO courses at or above the 200 level.

Students who elect to concentrate in geography must also take:

Three of the following topical or regional courses from a minimum of two different professors and two of which must be at or above the 200 level:

  • GEO 103 Human-Environmental Geography
  • GEO 104 World Regional Geography
  • GEO 120 Geography of Maine
  • GEO 203 Urban and Regional Development
  • GEO 207 Map History: Making Sense of the World
  • GEO 255 Making a Living: Workers in a Global Economy
  • GEO 285 Global Environmental Problems and Sustainability
  • GEO 302 Gender, Work, and Space
  • GEO 303 Economic Geography
  • GEO 320 Conservation of Natural Resources
  • GEO 350 Geography of International Development
  • GEO 402 Urban Geography
  • GEO 450 Topics in Geography
  • GEO 455 Gender, 'Race' and Class in the City
  • GEO 481 Megacities and Global Planning Issues

One of the following techniques or applied courses:

  • GEO 208 Cartography I
  • GEO 209 Introduction to Land Use Planning
  • GEO 210 Planning Maine Communities
  • GEO 305 Remote Sensing
  • GEO 308 GIS I
  • GEO 408 GIS II
  • ANT 315 Ethnography: Methods, Ethics, and Practice

12 additional credit hours, 3 of which must be GEO courses at or above the 300 level, 3 of which must be GYA/GEO at or above 300 level (may include Internship in Applied GYA or Field Experience), and 3 of which must be ANT courses at or above the 200 level.

Additionally, all geography-anthropology majors are required to demonstrate writing competence by completing either two research papers or one research paper and one research product (e.g., poster, media project) in the major with grades of C or better, from two different professors, at least one semester prior to graduation.

The maximum number of hours of internships, field experience, and/or independent studies that can be applied toward the major is 9 hours. All students must meet with their advisors before registering for courses each semester.

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