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.
- BA in Geography-Anthropology, Specialization in Applied GIS and Geospatial Analysis
- BA in Geography-Anthropology, Specialization in Cultural and Natural Heritage Management
- BA in Geography-Anthropology, Specialization in Sustainable Cultures and Communities
- BA in Geography-Anthropology, Elementary Education
- BA in Geography-Anthropology, Secondary Education
- Minor in Anthropology
- Minor in Planning and GIS
- Minor in Archaeology
- Minor in Geography
- Minor in Tourism and Community Development
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.
Graduates of the Geography-Anthropology program at USM have the opportunity to pursue many different and exciting career options.
- Matthew Bampton, Ph.D., Professor of Geography (Chair)
- Gerald F. Bigelow, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor of Anthropology
- Diana C. Crader, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor of Anthropology
- Dave Davis, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor of Anthropology
- Marcia-Anne Dobres, Ph.D., Part-time Faculty of Anthropology
- Matthew H. Edney, Ph.D., Professor of Geography
- Kreg Ettenger, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Anthropology
- Nathan D. Hamilton, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Archaeology
- Yuseung Kim, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
- Tracy Michaud-Stutzman, Ph.D., Lecturer in Anthropology
- Firooza Pavri, Ph.D., Professor of Geography
- Lydia Savage, Ph.D., Professor of Geography
- Judy Tizon, Ph.D., Emeritus Associate Professor of Anthropology
- Vinton Valentine, Ph.D., Adjunct Faculty, Director of USM GIS