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Geographical Studies

Human History and Its Geographic Routes
Stewart Gordon, Senior Research Scholar of South Asian Studies at the University of Michigan examines the history of the world through its geographic routes and their importance on ideas, religions, art, technology, magic, and cuisine.

The discipline of geography contributes to an understanding of society by exploring the earth’s environment and its interactions with human life, by inquiring into cultures and societies from the perspective of area study, and by investigating problems of spatial organization. The B.A. program in Geographical Studies offers a distinctive focus for general education and provides a background both for advanced specialization in the discipline and for study in other fields. Solid grounding in modern geography can lead to careers in government service, environmental consulting, marketing, publishing, planning, and teaching at all levels.

Faculty research interests include cultural geography, historical geography, urban geography, biogeography, and geoarchaeology. Among notable courses are Roots of the Modern American City and Mapping the World: History of Cartography. The latter course incorporates the study of selected examples of original maps in Chicago-area collections, including the Regenstein Library Special Collections Research Center. After introductory work in human geography, environmental geography, and cartographic practices, students go on to advanced work in geography and related fields such as environmental biology, economics, public policy, and sociology.