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Geography: How the World Works

Geographers explore the physical earth, our interactions with it, and how through the interactions among and between people and the environment, in the context of space, we shape our world, perceptions, and lives. Geography is rooted in understanding the sense of place that permeates human existence, how this sense is informed by the patterns and processes of the physical and human worlds, and in turn influences the fundamental processes of our society. Studying geography will provide you with a unique perspective cultivated from the integration of technical geospatial skills, an understanding of major world regions and their interactions, a dynamic education gained through high-impact experiences, and insightful thinking through which you can gain critical insights that will help you excel in business, education, planning, environmental analysis, natural resource management, and applied research within the increasingly complex and interdisciplinary global economy and society. Why Geography? Because Geography is how the world works.

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Student Learning Outcomes

UW-Platteville graduates who complete a baccalaureate degree in Geography will be able to:  

  1. understand, define, and explain how geographic inquiry examines human and environmental systems from local to global scales;
  2. display fundamental geographic knowledge of our planet including the distribution of major physical features, environmental systems, and cultural regions, their interactions, and the patterns and processes that create them;
  3. apply the concepts of space, place, and region to explain patterns of culture, politics, and economies;
  4. apply geographic techniques to examine spatial variation and diversity in human and environmental systems;
  5. collect, analyze, and effectively communicate geographic data to answer questions about the past, present, and future of our human and physical environment;
  6. articulate a thoughtful, creative, and ethical perspective that utilizes geographic principles to advance the sustainability of our world.