Faculty Advisor for
Dr. Erin Hayes
Faculty Advisor for
Dr. Brian Pierson
Faculty Advisor for
Adrian Youhanna, GISP
Jason Finley, Ph.D., CCM, GISP
Am I a Geographer?
Are you curious about places in the world?
If so, geography channels this interest into study of the makeup of places and what makes them tick.
Do you like to look at maps?
The geographer's first inclination is to put information on a map in order to see how it looks spatially.
Do you prefer the window seat on airplanes?
Geography explains the constantly changing patterns of human activity and natural phenomena on the landscape.
Are you interested in foreign areas?
Many geographers specialize in a particular part of the world such as Latin America, Europe, Asia or Africa.
Do you like to work outside?
Many geographers obtain field data in environments that range from wilderness areas to cities.
Do you consider yourself an ‘outdoorsie’ type of a person?
Geographers not only travel for fieldwork, but commonly like to travel for adventure.
Are you a problem solver and a curious person?
Geographers are naturally curious about how the world is arranged. They ask questions about WHERE things are located and WHY they are found there.
Do you like to explore and discover new places and learn about different cultures?
Geography takes you to different places you never knew about and allows you to explore cultures in those places.
Are you good at seeing connections among seemingly unrelated processes?
Geographers learn to integrate ideas about human behavior, social institutions, and the natural environment.
Do you like new and changing technologies?
Geography has been transformed by monumental changes in computer and satellite technology. Global Positioning System (GPS), remote sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) have revolutionized the way geographers collect, store, analyze, and present spatial information.
Are you interested in connections between humans and the environment?
Geographers see the world as the human habitat, one that we have transformed and that has transformed us.
Do you try to see the big picture?
Something about geographers' minds causes them to look for the way places fit together, interact with one another, and are influenced by larger, more global forces. Geographers think big!
Based on “Are You Ready To Be a Geographer?” - Association of American Geographers (www.aag.org)
Geography is more than just knowing the locations of countries, capital cities, rivers, and oceans. Although the location is certainly a part of geography, the field encompasses much more. In fact, you may be surprised to learn that whatever you like to do and wherever you live, geography is very much a part of your everyday life. Geography is really more than just a subject, it is a visual science. It’s a way of looking at the world and asking questions and looking for explanations. Geographers know and understand how to apply geography to interpret the past and present, and plan for the future.
The study of geography is designed for students to better understand the world around them. At the most basic level, geography helps students understand the physical location of things in relation to each other. Cultural geography deals with language, religion, political patterns, and economics. Historical geography provides tools for better predicting the future. Physical geography can explain the basis for cultural and historical geography. It also has direct applications to everyday life. For example, through the study of physical geography and weather we can understand how the wind and sand storms will impact military activity.
Geography is not just a descriptive discipline—it is also a predictive discipline. Geography is becoming more of an applied field. There are a large number of people who are using the tools of applied geography, such as GPS or Geographic Information Systems in such varied fields as agriculture, business, the military and urban planning.