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UNCG Student Learning Outcomes

Applied Geography (MA)


The Department of Geography, Environment, and Sustainability is a student-centered department having a three-fold integrated mission encompassing teaching, scholarship, and service. The Department offers a program presenting an integrative perspective on the relations among social, political, economic, and physical phenomena occurring across space. The Department is committed to teaching the concepts and research methods of the discipline in order to prepare geography majors for professional careers and/or advanced study. Non-geography majors are presented the geographic knowledge needed to understand the nature of the human and environmental patterns found in the world around them. Graduate student education is focused on preparing our students for advanced professional careers and/or further graduate study. The Department is committed to excellence in both theoretical and applied research. Undergraduate and graduate student involvement in research is encouraged to develop student understanding, reasoning, and technical skills. Through scholarship, teaching, and service, the Department of Geography, Environment, and Sustainability is dedicated to bettering our community, nation, and planet.

Learning Outcomes

Ability to Understand/Assess Geographic Research
Students will develop a thorough understanding of quantitative analysis and research methods, as they are commonly employed in Geography. Students will be able to evaluate the reliability and appropriateness of spatial data, statistical methods, and the various research designs used in geographic research.

Knowledge of Research and Theories
Students will acquire a thorough grounding in the body of knowledge appropriate to their concentration or specialization in Geography. Students will demonstrate a firm grasp of the major issues in their field and be able to place their own work within the historical context of previous geographic research and theoretical approaches.

Professional Communication of Research
Graduate students will effectively communicate the results of their research to professional peers and will understand and apply the highest standards of integrity in doing so, as is required in professional scholarship. In addition to the public oral presentation of thesis and internship research results required for the M.A. degree, important mediums for scholarly communication also include presentations at academic/professional conferences, the writing of professional reports, and the publication of papers in academic journals.

Awareness of Professional Geography
Students at all levels will develop skills and professional relationships in and out of class that foster the potential acquisition of knowledge-based professional internships, field experiences, faculty/student research collaborations, professional workshops or other professional activities that lead to experience with and increased awareness of professional opportunities, expectations, and standards in professional Geography.

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