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 (jcporter@ualr.edu 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:

GEOG 1311 Introduction to Physical Geography

Study of earth/sun relationships that produce the elements of weather, including temperature, precipitation, atmospheric pressure, and air circulation. Patterns of climate and their  interrelationship with soil and vegetation systems. Study of major landform processes, which shape the earth’s surface, with specific reference to North America. Three credit hours.

GEOG 2310 World Regional Geography

This intellectual journey around the globe will provide a framework for recognizing and analyzing the major distinctive regions of the world in comparative context. Interrelations between environment, economy, ethnicity, and the national identity and viability of states will be explored. Three credit hours. (ACTS Course Number GEOG 2103)

GEOG 2312 Cultural Geography

The nature, distribution, and development of various cultural systems as they interact with each other and with their environment. A study is made of spatial patterns in the elements of culture, including population, religion, language, political ideology, economic activities, and settlement. Examination of the processes that have changed the natural landscape to a cultural landscape. Three credit hours. (ACTS Course Number GEOG 2113)

GEOG 3301 Geography of Europe

This course examines and analyzes the cultural and environmental geography of the European region. Topics include the geo demography 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.

GEOG 3305 Environmental Conservation

Survey of the human environment with resources. Examination of major resources and their use with reference to North America and to Arkansas. Three credit hours.

GEOG 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.

GEOG 3315 Geography of Arkansas

Study of Arkansas’ natural and cultural environments with emphasis on how various groups, past and present, interact with the state’s natural regions. Geologic, climate, soil, and vegetation patterns are examined. Settlement patterns; economic activities, including agriculture, forestry, mining, and industry; and population distributions are analyzed and placed together with the state’s natural regions. Three credit hours.

GEOG 3320 Urban Geography

Study of the urban landscape and the specific land uses found in United States cities. Current geographic pattern of industrial, commercial, residential, public, and recreational activities in our cities with reference to Arkansas. Three credit hours.

GEOG 3333 Geospatial Technologies

This course is designed to introduce a range of spatially oriented technologies. 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). Students will be exposed to practical applications of these technologies that span both physical and social science realms. Three credit hours.

GEOG 3390 Neighborhood Studies

Little Rock, like other cities, is made up of multiple neighborhoods, each with unique culture and history. This course emphasizes community engagement through active study of UALR’s University District/ Promise Neighborhood communities, using the disciplinary tools of art, criminal justice, and history. After studying neighborhoods through the lenses of these disciplines, students will engage in service learning with Promise Neighborhood Advisory Board members to address neighborhood issues.

GEOG 4321 Geomorphology

See ERSC 4321. Dual listed in the UALR Graduate Catalog as GEOG 5321. Three credit hours.

GEOG 4300 Special Topics

Prerequisites: consent of instructor, nine hours of geography or an associated discipline that complements the seminar topic. Topics will be chosen on the basis of contemporary interest and demand and will be focused to provide an in-depth understanding of the issue. Dual listed in the UALR Graduate Catalog as GEOG 5300. Three credit hours.

GEOG 4311 History and Philosophy of Geography

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. Includes an assessment of current geographic research. Three credit hours.

GEOG 4290, 4390 Independent Study

Prerequisites: 15 hours of geography including GEOG 1311, 2312, and consent of instructor. Research and reading in various areas of geography. Projects reflect student interest and career objectives along with departmental emphasis. Two or three credit hours.

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.