2014-15 Catalogs

Geography-Anthropology Overview

Chair of the Program: Firooza Pavri, 300G Bailey Hall, Gorham

Professors: Bampton, Edney, Savage; Associate Professors: Ettenger, Hamilton, Pavri; Professors Emeriti: Crader, Davis, French, Hodges, Tizon; Lecturer: Michaud-Stutzman; Adjunct Faculty: Bigelow, Harrison, Valentine

The Geography-Anthropology program offers the following: Bachelor of Arts in geography-anthropology; Bachelor of Arts in geography-anthropology, elementary education; Bachelor of Arts in geography-anthropology, secondary education; minor in anthropology; minor in archaeology; minor in geography; applied geography minor in planning; minor in tourism and community development; and a certificate in applied Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

Along with the Community Planning and Development program, the Geography-Anthropology program offers an accelerated admissions, undergraduate-graduate program resulting in a Bachelor of Arts in Geography-Anthropology and a Masters in Community Planning and Development.

Minors offered by the Geography-Anthropology program are intended for those students with a major other than geography-anthropology who wish to broaden their educational experience in a formally designated program of study. Each course of study emphasizes common interests in the relationship between human populations and their natural environment, decision-making strategies of human groups, and the health and nutritional status of human societies. Faculty, serving as both experts in the classroom and the community, engage in cutting-edge research and analysis that directly influences our broader understanding of past and current human interactions with the environment.

The Geography-Anthropology program resides within the Muskie School of Public Service. The Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Service is an education, research, and public service school dedicated to educating leaders, informing policy and practice, and strengthening civic life. The School combines the expertise of nationally recognized research programs with an undergraduate program in geography-anthropology, graduate programs in community planning and development, public health, and public policy and management, and a doctoral program in public policy.

Additional Information

Specialized laboratories provide high-tech, hands-on learning environments. The labs serve not only as research facilities, but also as teaching facilities, allowing for student-faculty research collaborations. Our facilities include:

Archaeology Laboratory

The Archaeology Laboratory located in 317 Bailey Hall provides facilities for research in archaeology and related areas. Various research collections are available, primarily from Maine, Alaska, and the Caribbean. The Archaeology Laboratory also houses collections of materials excavated by USM and a small library including books, journals, slides, and maps. Opportunities are available for independent student research projects, and work-study positions are available in the laboratory each semester.

Environmental Archaeology Laboratory

The Environmental Archaeology Laboratory  located in 318 Bailey Hall provides facilities and microscopes for research in archaeology and related areas.  Current collections include a comparative faunal collection specializing in fish, birds, and shellfish of the Gulf of Maine and the Caribbean.  The laboratory also houses comparative and excavated plant remains from the Northeast.

Zooarchaeology Laboratory

The Zooarchaeology Laboratory located in 316 Bailey Hall provides facilities for research and teaching in biological anthropology,  zooarchaeology, human osteology, and human evolution. Current collections include casts of nonhuman primates and fossil hominids, and a comparative faunal collection specializing in mammals, birds, and fish reptiles of the Northeast. Opportunities are available for independent student research projects, and work-study positions are available in the laboratory each semester.

Qualitative Research Laboratory

The Qualitative Research Laboratory is housed in 315 Bailey Hall and is dedicated to qualitative analysis, training, and instruction, including the use of digital media. The room is used for classes and laboratories, and to conduct research and media production in the qualitative aspects of cultural anthropology and human geography. Opportunities are available for independent research projects, and work-study positions are available in the laboratory.

Cartography Laboratory and Map Collections

The Cartography Laboratory located in 323 Bailey Hall provides facilities for map making and air photo interpretation. A regional map collection is housed in 318 Bailey Hall. Holdings include Maine maps, topographic maps, and various world regional maps.

GIS Laboratories

The USM Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Laboratories, located in 302 and 304 Bailey Hall, provide dedicated facilities for computerized automated research of geographical data and for access to USM GIS resources and activities. The GIS Laboratories include a variety of geographic information systems, remote sensing, and global positioning systems software, high resolution and large format scanners, high precision survey gear, and large format color printing.