Geography-Anthropology

BA in Geography-Anthropology, Specialization in Sustainable Cultures and Communities

The Bachelor of Arts in Geography-Anthropology 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 major is an interdisciplinary degree program. Students enrolled in the major may specialize in any one of three tracks in: (1) Sustainable Cultures and Communities; (2) Cultural and Natural Heritage Management; or (3) Applied Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Geospatial Analysis.

Upon graduation, students find employment in fields that involve archaeology work, cultural resource management, historic preservation, heritage and conservation management, museum, curation and archival work, environmental and land use management, community development work, non-profit advocacy, city and regional public service, tourism and recreation, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) related careers in federal, state, local government, and private sector industries.

We focus on developing strong analytical, writing, oral and technical skills and prepare our students to enter the workforce or for future graduate work. Courses emphasize both conceptual and applied learning. Students engage in case studies, community-engaged and client-based projects, and intensive field and lab analysis.

Students have the opportunity to design, develop, research and communicate professional level projects with faculty mentors. 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 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.

Sustainable Cultures & Communities are for those interested in developing theoretical and conceptual knowledge, and analytical and technical skills in fields involving community and sustainable development, non-profit work, inter-cultural development work, city & regional planning.

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: 36-39 credits.

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

Required (9 credits):

  • Either GEO 105 or ANT 105 Society, Environment, and Change
  • ANT 101 Cultural View
  • GEO 101 Introduction to Human Geography

Methods (6 credits minimum from list, at least 3 credits from each GEO & ANT):

  • ANT/TAH 315 Ethnography: Methods, Ethics and Practice
  • ANT 360 Public Archaeology
  • GEO 305/GEO 505/GEO 605 Remote Sensing
  • GEO 308/ GEO 508/ GEO 608 GIS Applications I
  • GEO 209 Introduction to Land Use Planning
  • TAH 211 Tourism Entrepreneurship

Topical Electives (Select courses from the following list to total at least 18 credits. At least six credits must be from each GEO & ANT prefix and at least 6 credits at or above 300 level):

  • ANT 202 Origins of Civilization
  • ANT 220 Indigenous Studies of North America
  • ANT 232 The Anthropology of Sex and Gender
  • ANT/TAH 233 Food and Culture
  • ANT/TAH 241 Tourism & Community Development
  • ANT 255 Cultures of Africa
  • ANT/TAH 301 Global Issues in Travel and Tourism
  • GEO 104 World Regions
  • GEO 120 Geography of Maine
  • GEO 170 Global History: Mapping the World across Cultures
  • GEO 203 Urban & Regional Development
  • GEO 210 Planning Maine Communities: Current Issues & Directions
  • GEO 255 Making a Living: Workers in a Global Economy
  • GEO 302/502 / WGS 302/502 Gender, Work & Space
  • GEO 303/503 Economic Geography
  • GEO/WGS 455 Making a Living: Workers in a Global Economy
  • GEO 450 Topics in Geography
  • GEO 481/581 Megacities and Global Planning Issues
  • GEO 210 Planning Maine Communities: Current Issues and Directions
  • ESP 275 Energy Use and Societal Adaptation
  • TAH 251/ANT 299 Ecotourism & Sustainable Development
  • TAH 251 Ecotourism & Sustainable Development
  • ANT 450/TAH 341 Tourism, Development & Sustainability

Capstone (3 credits minimum):

Any one of the following will count toward the capstone requirement:

  • GYA 300 Archaeology Field School
  • GYA 350/351 Internship in Applied Geography-Anthropology
  • GYA 360 Field Mapping in the Island Environment: Data Collection to GIS
  • GYA 400, summer travel course
  • Study Abroad, or existing capstones

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 nine hours. All students must meet with their advisors before registering for courses each semester.