The Department of Geography-Anthropology is an interdisciplinary department that emphasizes the integration of the two disciplines through our common interests in the relationship between human populations and their environments, both natural and built. The major is a 44-50 hour interdisciplinary program wherein students are expected to take courses in both geography and anthropology.
We offer a curriculum that engages students in critical thinking and real-world problem solving and students are involved in qualitative and quantitative data collection in the field and analysis in our labs. The results include student publications, student conference presentations, and research and cartographic contributions to faculty publications.
Assistantships, Fellowships, and Field Work
Our students also receive assistantships and fellowships from NASA and the National Science Foundation. Geography and anthropology are disciplines grounded in fieldwork. As a result, our students are involved in fieldwork, data collection and lab analysis as part of their curriculum or as part of their work-study or independent study opportunities.
Students are also required to have internship or fieldwork experiences, to be able to write well and communicate effectively, and to have a basic understanding of analytical techniques.
Flexible Course Schedules
Courses are offered on both campuses during day and evening hoursand on-line; the department and faculty offices are located in Gorham.
Interested in learning more? Read about our academic offerings, internship opportunities, field resources, and faculty experts in the Geo-Anthro Open House presentation.
- BA in Geography-Anthropology
- BA in Geography-Anthropology, Elementary Education
- BA in Geography-Anthropology, Secondary Education
- Minor in Anthropology
- Minor in Applied Geography - Planning
- Minor in Archaeology
- Minor in Geography
- Minor in Tourism and Community Development
Graduates of the Geography-Anthropology program at USM have the opportunity to pursue many different and exciting career options.
- Matthew Bampton
- Gerald F. Bigelow
- Diana C. Crader
- Marcia-Anne Dobres
- Matthew H. Edney
- Kreg Ettenger
- Nathan D. Hamilton
- Tracy Michaud-Stutzman
- Firooza Pavri
- Lydia Savage
- Judy Tizon
- Vinton Valentine
Contact our program:
300 Bailey Hall
USM Gorham Campus
Contact the program chair:
Chair, Geography-Anthropology Program
“An Assessment of the Economics of Natural and Built Infrastructure for Water Resources in Maine" (authors, Charles Colgan, Damon Yakovleff, and Samuel Merrill)
“Leadership in a Changing Environment: A Leadership Model for Child Welfare,” published in Administration in Social Work (author, Freda Bernotavicz)