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Minor in Geography

A geography minor consists of 18 hours, including GEOG 1311 (Physical Geography) and GEOG 2312 (Cultural Geography), plus 12 additional hours of geography courses.

For more information contact the Coordinator of Geography, Dr. Jess Porter ( or 501.569.8730.) 

The following courses in geography may be used to complete the geography minor, to meet core curriculum requirements, and to meet part of the bachelor of arts in liberal arts program requirements:

1311. Physical Geography

This course is a thematic approach to the study of physical geography including the Earth’s atmosphere, weather and climate, flora and fauna, soils, and landforms. These are the sorts of things you see when you walk outside: clouds in the sky, mountains, streams and valleys, and the plants and animals that inhabit the landscape.

Our primary objectives are focused on developing an understanding of the aforementioned topics by learning about the basic processes that drive and shape our Earth’s physical geography. Knowledge of these processes will help us develop an understanding of the human-environment relationship. How do events such as hurricanes, earthquakes, and floods affect our lives and the world around us, as well as how human activities are increasingly altering the world around us? By the time you finish this course; you will appreciate and be able to interpret the Earth’s varied landscapes in new ways. Three credit hours.

2310. World Regions

This course is designed to help you understand how relationships between the environment, people, and places play out in the different regions of the world. We will pay particular attention to the ways that globalization is continually reshaping these relationships. The tension between the consequences of converging environmental, cultural, political, and economic systems associated with the forces of globalization versus the persistence of geographic diversity and difference is an additional focus. Three credit hours.

2312. Cultural Geography

Recommended: Rhetoric 1311. This course is a thematic approach to the study of human groups and activities around the world, including agricultural practices, demographic trends, political behavior, religious beliefs, language patterns, folk and popular cultures, ethnicity and ethnic landscapes, urbanization and industrialization. Three credit hours.

2320. Introduction to Geotechnologies

This course is designed to introduce you to the exciting realm of geotechnology. In this class you will learn about a variety of geotechnology and gain hands-on experience using it. Geotechnologies include the global positioning system (GPS), satellite imagery, and geographic information systems (GIS). Three credit hours.

3305. Environmental Conservation

Conservation is the sustainable use of natural resources such as minerals, plants, soil, water, and air. Natural resource conservation can be examined from several viewpoints. This course examines ways that people use Earth’s natural resources, and in doing so, alter the human/environment balance. There is no obvious starting point for the study of natural resource conservation. For example, forest or timber production cannot be evaluated without also considering impacts on soil, wildlife, water supplies, and recreation. Three credit hours.

3307. Geography of Food

This course will focus on the importance of place and geography in the production, distribution and consumption of food. The role of culture and environment are critical in understanding why, what, how much, and where we eat. In the United States, we are increasingly removed from the farm and reliant upon processed foods, so understanding and appreciating the place of food becomes increasingly critical. Geographic concepts like nature-society relationships, spatial interconnections and patterns, and site and situation, will be applied to help us understand why food is produced and consumed where it is by whom and the changing nature of these relationships. Most importantly, we will develop an understanding of why this matters! Three credit hours.

3301. Geography of Europe

This course will provide you with holistic thematic understandings of the geographic characteristics of Europe. Due to its incorporation of both environmental and social science the course should benefit students from all majors. The interdisciplinary approach of the course will provide you with a tangible example of the ways disparate materials are integrated and analyzed in real world assessments of complicated environmental, social, and economic challenges. In this case, our stage where these challenges unfold is Europe. Topics include the geodemography of Europe with special attention placed on the challenges posed by low regional birth rates and high immigration, the opportunities and constraints associated with the uneven distribution of natural resources, and the paradox of ongoing regional integration and fragmentation in light of historical and contemporary geographic contexts. Three credit hours.

3315. Geography of Arkansas

This course studies Arkansas’ physical and cultural environments and how humans have adapted to and changed the landscape. The study of Arkansas’ natural environment includes climate, weather, soils, vegetation, topography, and water resources. The state’s cultural landscape is analyzed from the perspectives of demography, settlement, transportation, and economic activities. Three credit hours.

3320. Urban Geography

This course looks at the North American urban structure and offers a geographic perspective on the nature of the city. The first part of the course introduces the nature of cities with a look at basic definitions, hierarchies, urban development patterns, economic bases of cities, and central place theory. The second part of the course deals with land use dynamics of cities. Patterns of transportation, housing, ethnicity, industrial, commercial and recreational land uses in North American cities are examined and analyzed. Three credit hours.

4300/5300 Special Topics
Prerequisites: consent of an instructor, nine hours of geography or an associated discipline that complements the seminar topic. Topics will be chosen on the basis of complementary interest and demand and will be focused to provide an in-depth understanding of the issue. Three credit hours.

GEOG 4300. History and Geography of China
This is an immersion travel course that will emphasize and investigate the following topics of contemporary and historic China: archaeology, ethnic diversity, globalization, natural hazards, urban form, religion, and government. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Three credit hours.

GEOG 4311. History and Philosophy of Geography
This course investigates the ways in which the subject of geography has been recognized, perceived, and evaluated, from its early acknowledgment in ancient Greece to its disciplined form in today’s world of shared ideas and mass communication.

GEOG 4397. Social Studies Teaching Applications
Social studies content linked with practical applications for classroom instruction. Content from history, geography, political science, sociology/anthropology, and psychology. Content modeled for prospective secondary education teachers to illustrate how content can be applied in the classroom. Critical components of each of the disciplines integrated into the content presentations and the demonstrated applications. Team taught. Three credit hours.

4290, 4390. Independent Study. Prerequisites:15 hours of geography including Geography 1311, 2312, and consent of instructor. Research and reading in various areas of geography. Projects will reflect student interest and career objectives along with departmental emphasis. Three credit hours.

NEW COURSES coming soon: Ethnic Geography, Historical Geography of Little Rock, Environmental History

Updated 5.17.2013