Geography-Anthropology Program



Geography-Anthropology is an interdisciplinary program that emphasizes the integration of the two disciplines and the common interests in examining the relationship between human populations and their natural and built environments.  The program offer specializations in three areas: Sustainable Cultures and Communities, Cultural and Natural Heritage Management, and Appied Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Geospatial Analysis.

The program and courses emphasize both conceptual and applied learning.  Students engage in case studies, community-engaged and client-based projects and intensive field and lab analysis. The degree requires 36-39 credits.





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Real-world Learning

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.

Student Organizations and Member Affiliations


Graduates of the Geography-Anthropology program at USM have the opportunity to pursue many different and exciting career options.

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Contact Us

Geography-Anthropology Program
300 Bailey Hall
USM Gorham Campus
Phone: (207) 780-5321
Department Chair: Matthew Bampton


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Building Bridges Beyond the Quadrangle: The CAO and the External Community
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Health Data and Financing and Delivery System Reform: Is the Glass Half Full or Half Empty? (Issue Brief by Barbara Shaw, Andy Coburn, Kimberley Fox, Andrea Gerstenberger, and Barbara Leonard)

New Jersey's Manage by Data Program: Changing Culture and Capacity to Improve Outcomes(Report by David Lambert and Julie Atkins).

Rural Implications of Medicaid Expansion under the Affordable Care Act. (Issue Brief by Erika Ziller, Jennifer Lenardson, and Andy Coburn).

Safety of Rural Nursing Home-to-Emergency Department Transfers: Improving Communication and Patient Information Sharing across Settings. Journal for Healthcare Quality, 37(1), 55-65. (Authors: Judy Tupper, Carolyn Gray, Karen Pearson, and Andy Coburn).

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