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Student Learning Goals

The eight principal goals for SVSU’s Geography minors are:


  1. to understand the synergism between Physical Geography (geology, biogeography, and climatology) and Human Geography (social science, humanities);
  2. to be conversant with the myriad concentrations in Human Geography (e.g. cultural, regional, historical, political, economic, population, urban, planning, medical) and Physical Geography (e.g. geomorphology, climatology, meteorology, biogeography, paleoecology), and to understand the interactions among these concentrations;
  3. to appreciate the relationships Geography has with its cognate disciplines (e.g. History, Political Science, Anthropology, Economics, Sociology, Geology, Archaeology; Biology, Forestry, Computer Science and Physics);
  4. to appreciate the world as a diverse mix of complex social and cultural systems;
  5. to expose students to at least one set of Geospatial Techniques (Geographic Information Systems, Remote Sensing);
  6. to understand the strengths and shortcomings of Geographic Techniques as they are applied in research;
  7. a. to be able to collect and critique literature on a wide range of geographic topics;
    b. to be able to acquire, interpret, and manipulate information from a variety of databases (e.g. Census, Satellite Imagery, etc.)
  8. to understand how geographers design and conduct research by examining the products of others’ research and by carrying out their own projects.

In addition, the curriculum for the geography minor for teacher certification is aligned with national and Michigan standards.  For more information on Michigan standards, see the MTTC (Michigan Test for Teacher Certification) study guide for geography (008).

Accrediting/Certifying Body: Michigan State Board of Education (for the Teacher Certification Minor)

Professional Organizations/Standards that informed development of learning outcomes: Association of American Geographers, National Geographic Society, National Council for Geographic Education, National Council for the Social Studies