Geography-Anthropology

BA in Geography-Anthropology - Elementary Teacher Education

The Geography-Anthropology program offers teacher certification tracks for prospective teachers at both the elementary and secondary education levels. These tracks are designed to provide prospective elementary and secondary teachers a strong academic foundation in geography and anthropology.

Program Requirements

USM Core Curriculum (including pre-internship education courses):

  • EYE 108, Culture, Identity and Education, or EDU 100, Exploring Teaching as a Profession
  • College Writing- ENG 100 (3 cr.) Cultural Interpretation (3 cr.) Quantitative- MAT 120 (4 cr.)
  • Creative Expression (3 cr.) (THE 102 or 170 recommended)
  • Socio-Cultural Analysis- HRD 200 Multicultural Human Development (3 cr.) Science Exploration- GEO 102 (4 cr.)
  • Ethics- EDU 310 Purpose of Schooling in a Democracy (3 cr.)
  • Cluster- EDU 305 Foundations of Cultural and Linguistic Diversity, SED 335 Students with Exceptionalities in General Education, and SED 420 Multi-Tiered Systems of Educational Support (9 cr.)
  • Diversity and International met with EDU 305 and EDU 310 respectively.

Geography-Anthropology Major Requirements:

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.

The minimum number of credits (exclusive of the University's Core curriculum & Professional Education Internship requirements) required for the major: 36-39.

Students may concentrate in any one of the following tracks:

Sustainable Cultures and Communities Cultural and Natural Heritage Management Applied GIS and Geospatial Analysis

Students who select the Sustainable Cultures and Communities track must take:

  • 9 credits of Required courses including GEO/ANT 105 Society, Environment, and Change, ANT 101 Cultural View, and GEO 101 Introduction to Human Geography
  • 6 credits of Methods courses from designated list with at least 3 credits from each GEO & ANT
  • 18 credits of Topical Electives from designated list with at least 6 credits from each GEO & ANT prefix and at least 6 credits at or above 300 level
  • 3 credits of Capstone from designated list

Students who select the Cultural and Natural Heritage Management track must take:

  • 10 credits of Required courses including GEO/ANT 105 Society, Environment, and Change, ANT 103 Introduction to Archaeology, and GEO 102 Physical Geography
  • 9 credits of Methods courses from designated list with at least 3 credits from each GEO & ANT
  • 15 credits of Topical Electives from designated list with at least 6 credits from each GEO & ANT prefix and at least 6 credits at or above 300 level
  • 3 credits of Capstone from designated list

Students who select the Applied GIS and Geospatial Analysis track must take:

  • 9 credits of Required courses including GEO/ANT 105 Society, Environment, and Change, GEO 103 Human-Environment Geography, and GEO 207 Map History: Making Sense of the World
  • 15 credits of Methods courses from designated list
  • 12 credits of Topical Electives from designated list with at least 3 credits from each Topical Elective Group and at least 6 credits at or above 300 level:
  • 3 credits of Capstone from designated list

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.

Electives:

Students must complete elective credit to complete the 120 credit hour degree.  Students pursuing elementary teacher education must complete no fewer than 6 credits in each of the following content areas (outside their major):  Math, English, Science, and Social Studies. Courses in the Core count toward the minimum of six credits.

Elementary Teacher Education (K-8) Requirements

All requirements for the Elementary Teacher Education program, including academic requirements, education courses, content requirements, the professional internship year, and declaration and candidacy can be found here:

(https://usm.maine.edu/teacher-education/elementary-teacher-education-0)