Assessment Coordinator: Brian Szuster
Department Chair: Department Chair:
Assessment Team: Dave Beilman, Qi Chen, Reece Jones, Stacy Jorgensen
Date Updated/Submitted: September 2011 (final approved version)
1.0 NATURE OF THE PROGRAM
Geography at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa provides a broad and flexible academic program that explores the human and environmental systems that shape the surface of the Earth. The discipline investigates the interaction of culture, society, ecology and physical environments that characterize particular places and studies how these relationships vary across space. The Geography undergraduate program at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa focuses on three interlocking sub-disciplines: human geography, environmental geography, and geographic technologies. Human geography investigates the cultural, economic, and political processes that shape human experiences on the Earth; the relationship between the environment, society, and culture; and the nature of place in the Asia-Pacific region. Environmental geography engages in a systematic study of the Earth’s physical environment (atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and lithosphere) and considers the challenges associated with natural resource management and global environmental change. Geographic technologies include the study of cartography, geographic information systems (GIS), and remote sensing science. Students who study geography obtain a holistic understanding of the world and a set of methodological tools that can be applied to a wide range of domestic and international career opportunities. Geographers are involved in basic research at educational institutions, and are also active in environmental planning, natural resource management and social policy development with all levels of government, private firms, non-profit organizations and international agencies. Hawaii's unique historical, socio-cultural and environmental context also provides a fascinating setting for geographical investigations of issues that affect the wider Asia-Pacific region.
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