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Global Studies and Cultural Geography

Global Studies and Cultural Geography is a new major that offers exciting academic and career paths for students seeking knowledge and direct experience in a constantly changing world. Students may choose from two concentrations: Global Studies and Cultural Geography. Global Studies allows students to critically examine, understand, and reflect upon local, regional, and global connections between peoples, places, and events from cross-cultural, interdisciplinary perspectives. Cultural Geography allows students to critically engage a range of issues relating to such topics as human migration, human/environment interactions and changing cultural landscapes. A combination of the disciplinary strengths of Global Studies and Cultural Geography offers students a comprehensive, hands-on education about the world that can skillfully position them for a variety of careers.

Studying Abroad

Study Abroad

Studying abroad, a requirement for all MTSU Global Studies students, soon becomes a life-changing experience. Students live for one month to one year in a foreign country of their choosing and study courses from international business to geography to foreign language.

Anna Yacovone, Fulbright U.S. Student Program Scholarship recipient

Future bright with Fulbright

Anna Yacovone, a 2011 MTSU graduate with degrees in global studies and organizational communication, received a Fulbright U.S. Student Program Scholarship to Laos in 2012. Yacovone is teaching English in Vientiane, mostly at the National University of Laos.

The study of Global Studies and Cultural Geography can open many doors. Below are examples for both concentrations.

A Global Studies degree develops viable, valued employees for the international marketplace. With a broad-based educational background, study abroad, and language skills, the Global Studies student is empowered with tools to pursue graduate work, professional service, and careers in public and private sectors—here and abroad. The majority go to graduate school.

For information on career options available in government, education, media, journalism, business, tourism, non-profit organizations, click here.

Employers of MTSU alumni include

  • SALT International
  • Foreign Service
  • Multinational corporations
  • Peace Corps
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Service agencies
  • International education



There are numerous career options and possibilities with a degree in Cultural Geography. The nature of the program is built around the diversity and flexibility of geography; therefore, our majors find jobs in many sectors of the economy.

Examples of employment and work places include

  • Area and regional specialists
  • Community development
  • Demographers
  • Location and market analysts
  • Park rangers and interpreters
  • State and federal government agencies such as National and State Parks, Bureau of Census, Department of Agriculture, and Department of State
  • Teaching – domestically and abroad
  • Tourism

 

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The Global Studies and Cultural Geography Program offers an interdisciplinary major in Global Studies and Cultural Geography that leads to a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. Students choose from two concentrations: 

  • The Global Studies concentration allows students to critically examine, understand, and reflect upon local, regional, and global connections between peoples, places, and events from cross-cultural, interdisciplinary perspectives.Through rigorous academic coursework and an exciting study-abroad component, students have the opportunity to achieve their educational goals and gain skills to effectively pursue and serve in a wide range of careers in the United States and abroad.

  • The Cultural Geography concentration allows students to critically engage a range of issues relating to such topics as human migration, human/environment interactions, and changing cultural landscapes. Cultural geographers are at the forefront of exploring human societies. Students are offered an in-depth study of different cultures, peoples, places, and global processes.  The Cultural Geography concentration seeks to provide students with professional, highly sought-after skill sets to help them analyze and solve problems in a complex, globalized world.

The major, which leads to a Bachelor of Science degree, consists of 33 hours including 12 hours in required classes, 12 hours in the student's field of study, and 9 hours in a region of study, along with a 12-hour foreign language cognate, general education requirements, electives, and a minor area of study.

Teacher Licensure

The Global Studies and Cultural Geography (GSCG) Teacher Licensure Program offers an innovative, interdisciplinary teacher licensure track for those pursing Tennessee secondary education (7-12) Social Studies endorsements. This 120-hour GSCG degree option allows students to pursue a "fast-track" B.S. in Global Studies and Cultural Geography while simultaneously earning credits toward dual teaching endorsements in Geography and one of three additional fields: History, Government (Political Science), and Economics. This program consists of an interdisciplinary, content-driven curriculum with experiential learning courses, education abroad opportunities, and field experiences that makes graduates more attractive to prospective school systems and boosts earning potential. No foreign language requirements make this program the most direct path to the social studies classroom.

Also offered are interdisciplinary minors in Global Studies and in Cultural Geography. The Global Studies minor requires 18 hours and includes 9 hours in required courses and 9 additional hours selected by the student and advisor. The Cultural Geography minor requires  GEOG 2000 Introduction to Regional Geography and GEOG 4360 Cultural Geography; the remaining 12 hours are selected from the cultural geography offerings.

Global Studies Cultural Geography GSCG Teacher Licensure


The sample schedule below is based on the current undergraduate catalog. It is not a substitute for academic advisement. Contact your advisor if you have any questions about scheduling or about your degree requirements or consult the undergraduate catalog (catalog.mtsu.edu) for a complete list of requirements and electives.

You may choose to attend a summer term to reduce your load during fall or spring terms but still stay on track to graduate in four years. (Refer to the scholarships website for information regarding use of the Lottery Scholarship for the summer term.)

NOTE: Learning Support courses will alter the sequences on this map. Missing milestones could delay your program.

Global Studies Academic Map

Global Studies Program
Middle Tennessee State University | Murfreesboro


Suggested Fall/Spring and Summer/Fall/Spring Four-Year Schedule

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FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3 Meet with advisor ENGL 1020 (Comm)3 Meet with advisor
MATH (Math)3  COMM 2200 (Comm)3 
GS 20103  Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3
Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3  GEOG 20003 
Foreign Language 10103  Foreign Language 10203 
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL15 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3Meet with advisor HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 Meet with advisor
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  Nat Sci (Rubric 2)4 
Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 1)3  Major: Field Area3 
Nat Sci (Rubric 1)4  Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 2)  
Foreign Language 20103  Foreign Language 20203 
SUBTOTAL16  Subtotal16 
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
GS 30003  GS 30103Study Abroad semester
Major: Field area3  Major: Field area3 
Major: Region area3  Major: Region area3 
Minor course3  Minor course3 
Minor course3  Minor course3 
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL15 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
GEOG 43603  GS 49903(POD required)
Major: Field area3GS 3300 - Internship recommended Major: Region area3 
Minor course3  Minor course3 
Elective3  Elective3 
Elective3  Elective1 
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL13 

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3 Meet with advisor ENGL 1020 (Comm)3 Meet with advisor
MATH (Math)3  COMM 2200 (Comm)3 
GS 20103  GEOG 20003 
Foreign Language 10103  Foreign Language 10203 
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL12 
FRESHMAN SUMMER
Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3  Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3Meet with advisor HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 Meet with advisor
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  Nat Sci (Rubric 2)4 
Nat Sci (Rubric 1)4  Major: Field Area3 
Foreign Language 20103  Foreign Language 20203 
SUBTOTAL13  SUBTOTAL13 
SOPHOMORE SUMMER
Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 1)3  Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 2)3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
GS 30003  GS 30103Study Abroad Semester
Major: Field area3  Major: Field area3 
Major: Region area3  Major: Region area3 
Minor course3  Minor course3 
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL12 
JUNIOR SUMMER
Minor course3  Minor course3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
GS 43603  GS 49903(POD required)
Major: Field area3GS 3300 - Internship recommended Major: Region area3 
Minor course3  Minor course3 
Elective3  Elective3 
Elective3  Elective1 
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL13 

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

Graduation information may be accessed here.

Cultural Geography Academic Map

Global Studies Program
Middle Tennessee State University | Murfreesboro


Suggested Fall/Spring and Summer/Fall/Spring Four-Year Schedule

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FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3 Meet with advisor ENGL 1020 (Comm)3 Meet with advisor
MATH (Math)3  COMM 2200 (Comm)3 
GEOG 20003  Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3
Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3  GS 20103 
Nat Sci (Rubric 1)4  Nat Sci (Rubric 2)4 
SUBTOTAL16  SUBTOTAL16 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3Meet with advisor HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 Meet with advisor
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 2)3 
Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 1)3  Minor course3 
Minor course3  Minor course3 
Elective3  Elective3 
SUBTOTAL15  Subtotal15 
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
GS 30003  GEOG 34024Submit upper-division and intent to graduate form
Major core course3  Major core course3 
Major core course3  Major core course3 
Minor course3  Minor course3 
Minor course3  Minor course3Recommended study abroad
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL16 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
GEOG 43603  GEOG 49903(POD required)
Major core course3  Major core course3 
Minor course3  Minor course3 
Minor course3  Minor course3 
Minor course3     
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL12 

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3 Meet with advisor ENGL 1020 (Comm)3 Meet with advisor
MATH (Math)3  COMM 2200 (Comm)3 
GEOG 20003  GS 20103 
Nat Sci (Rubric 1)4  Nat Sci (Rubric 2)4 
SUBTOTAL13  SUBTOTAL13 
FRESHMAN SUMMER
Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3  Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3Meet with advisor HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 Meet with advisor
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 2)3 
Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 1)3  Minor course3 
Minor course3  Minor course3 
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL12 
SOPHOMORE SUMMER
Elective3  Elective3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
GS 30003  GEOG 34024Submit upper-division and intent to graduate form
Major core course3  Major core course3 
Major core course3  Major core course3 
Minor course3  Minor course3 
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL13 
JUNIOR SUMMER
Minor course3  Minor course3Recommended study abroad
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
GEOG 43603  GEOG 49903(POD required)
Major core course3  Major core course3 
Minor course3  Minor course3 
Minor course3  Minor course3 
Minor course3     
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL12 

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

Graduation information may be accessed here.

GSCG Teacher Licensure Academic Map

Global Studies Program
Middle Tennessee State University | Murfreesboro


Suggested Fall/Spring and Summer/Fall/Spring Four-Year Schedule

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FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3Meet with GS/CG advisor ENGL 1020 (Comm)3Meet with GS/CG advisor
MATH (Math)3  COMM 2200 (Comm)3 
GS 2010 (Soc/Beh Sci)3  GEOG 2000 (Soc/Beh Sci)3
Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3ANTH 2210, HIST 1110, or HIST 1120 rec. Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3ANTH 2210, HIST 1110, or HIST 1120 rec.
Elective3  Endorsement 1 or 2 elective3 
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL15 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3Meet with Education Abroad to select pro. HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303Meet with GS/CG advisor
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  Endorsement 1 or 2 elective3 
GS 30003  GEOG (regional elective)3 
Nat Sci (Rubric 1)4GEOL 1030/1031 rec. Nat Sci (Rubric 2)4 
Endorsement 1 or 2 elective3  YOED 25003 
SUBTOTAL16  Subtotal16 
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
GS UD elective3  YOED 33003Submit upper-division and intent to graduate forms
YOED 30003  GS 30103Education Abroad
PGEO 43804  GEOG (regional elective)3 
Endorsement 1 or 2 elective3  Endorsement 1 or 2 elective3 
GEOG 43603  Endorsement 1 or 2 elective3 
SUBTOTAL16  SUBTOTAL15 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
YOED 40309Residency I YOED 440012Residency II
GEOG 43403     
GS 49903(POD required)    
       
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL12 

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3Meet with GS/CG advisor ENGL 1020 (Comm)3Meet with GS/CG advisor
MATH (Math)3  COMM 2200 (Comm)3 
GS 2010 (Soc/Beh Sci)3  GEOG 2000 (Soc/Beh Sci)3 
Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3ANTH 2210, HIST 1110, or HIST 1120 rec. Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3ANTH 2210, HIST 1110, or HIST 1120 rec.
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL12 
FRESHMAN SUMMER
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3Meet with Education Abroad to select pro. YOED 25003Meet with GS/CG advisor
Elective3  GEOG (regional elective)3 
GS 30003  Nat Sci (Rubric 2)4 
Nat Sci (Rubric 1)4GEOL 1030/1031 rec. Endorsement 1 or 2 elective3 
SUBTOTAL13  SUBTOTAL13 
SOPHOMORE SUMMER
Endorsement 1 or 2 elective3  Endorsement 1 or 2 elective3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
GS UD elective3  YOED 33003Submit upper-division and intent to graduate forms
YOED 30003  Endorsement 1 or 2 elective3 
PGEO 43804  GEOG (regional elective)3 
GEOG 43603  Endorsement 1 or 2 elective3 
SUBTOTAL13  SUBTOTAL12 
JUNIOR SUMMER
GS 30103Education Abroad Endorsement 1 or 2 elective3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
YOED 40309Residency I YOED 440012Residency II
GEOG 43403     
GS 49903(POD required)    
       
       
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL12 

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

Graduation information may be accessed here.

Global Studies

GS 2010 - Introduction to Cross-Cultural Experiences
3 credit hours
Required of all Global Studies majors or minors and Cultural Geography majors. Establishes a broad-based foundation for understanding varying perspectives and values in a culture other than one's own. Differing global and international views on cultural and environmental issues past, present, and future. The student's cultural background will be used for comparative purposes.

GS 2500 - Understanding US Culture and Education
3 credit hours
Serves as an introduction to U.S. culture and higher education in the U.S. for international students. Emphasis on various topics that beginning students who are new to the U.S. need to know in order to be successful in academic, research, or business programs in the U.S.

GS 3000 - Globalization
3 credit hours
Required of all Global Studies and Cultural Geography majors. Explores concepts and history of globalization including forms and processes. Introduces historical antecedents and contemporary issues of globalization such as globalism verses globalization and Americanization, migration and cultural diffusion, civil discord, global and regional governance, technology, environment, media, gender and inequality, regionalism, and the cultural landscapes of globalization/globalism. Requires off-campus activities.

GS 3010 - Field Experience and Study Abroad
1 to 12 credit hours
Three credit hours are required of all Global Studies majors or minors. Prerequisite: GS 2010 or approval of program director. Credit given for study abroad and/or extended field experiences in another culture. Pass/Fail.

GS 3040 - Contemporary Migration: Global Trends, Local Implicatio
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: Permission of department. Examines past and present trends in global migration; causes and effects of human movement; the impact migration has on host and home societies; emergence of transnational communities; evolving concepts of race, gender, and class in an era of accelerating globalization; and socioeconomic challenges caused by transnational immigration. Requires off-campus assignments.

GS 3050 - Globalization Through Film
3 credit hours
Utilizes films to examine issues of globalization such as human diversity, movement of people and goods, and conflict. Compares and contrasts film's history (specifically Western cinema) from creation, promotion, and perpetuating views of global cultures with those films produced in Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Middle East. Some off-campus film viewing possible.

GS 3200 - Special Problems and Topics in Global Studies
3 to 6 credit hours
Prerequisites: GS 2010 and permission of department. A detailed examination of a problem or topic pertinent to Global Studies. Topics vary and may be taken as an independent study or in a traditional classroom setting. May be taken more than once for credit with different topics. No more than three (3) hours may apply toward the Global Studies major or minor.  

GS 3300 - Global Studies Internship
1 to 6 credit hours
Prerequisites: GS 2010, permission of department, and junior standing. Practical experience in a professional setting relating to Global Studies. Number of credit hours determined by hours interned and is subject to advisor's approval. Six (6) hours can be applied to the major and three (3) to the minor. Pass/Fail.  

GS 3400 - China Under Transformation
3 credit hours
Critical examination of the immense changes taking place in contemporary People's Republic of China. Topics covered include government, economy, political culture, family and children, sexuality, the Internet, films, avant-garde art, rock and roll, and sports with a special focus on how power and resistance to power exercised in various ways.

GS 3990 - China and the World
3 credit hours
Critical examination of the nature and scope of China's global impact. Topics include international trade, human rights, security and cultural clashes with a special focus on understanding the complexity of China at the international level.

GS 4000 - Global Issues in Human Trafficking
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: Permission of department; junior standing. Human trafficking examined globally in regards to issues of recruiting, transporting/transferring, and harboring/receiving persons through force for the purpose of exploitation. Laws and preventative measures also examined. Students research trafficking issues in global contexts and engage in Experiential Learning activities by volunteering in service projects with registered and certified local non-profit organizations, whose missions are to combat human trafficking locally and globally.

GS 4010 - Global Warfare and Culture
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: Permission of department; junior standing. Examines the philosophical and organizational influences upon the evolution of warfare and culture through societal, strategic, organizational, military, and human dynamics. Development of a warrior ethos among various cultures also considered. Case studies and off-campus activities required.

GS 4150 - Ecotourism, Geotourism, and Sustainable Development
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: Permission of department. In-depth examination of ecotourism (low-impact study and travel), geotourism (human engagement with abiotic resources), and sustainable development (interaction with and preservation of the natural environment). Examines the role humans play in interpretation and preservation of our natural and cultural surroundings from local, regional, and global perspectives. Requires field component(s).

GS 4990 - Senior Seminar
3 credit hours
Required of all Global Studies majors or minors. Capstone course requiring projects reflecting integration and demonstration of knowledge and skills used by all successful global citizens. Projects determined by the student with advisement of the program director and may be completed on campus, abroad, or in the field.

Cultural Geography

GEOG 2000 - Introduction to Regional Geography
3 credit hours
Required for all Global Studies and Cultural Geography majors and Global Studies minors. Examines world regions using the geographical perspective, identifying the main physical and cultural features, especially through the use of maps.

GEOG 2105 - Introduction to Latin American Studies
3 credit hours
(Same as SPAN 2105, PS 2105, SOC 2105, ART 2105, ANTH 2105.) A multidisciplinary, team-taught introduction to Latin America. Covers the cultures and societies of the region: pre-history, history, geography, politics, art, languages, and literatures. Required course for all Latin American Studies minors.

GEOG 3120 - Geography of Tennessee and the South
3 credit hours
(Same as HIST 3115.) Geography's influence upon Tennessee and the American South's development in local, regional, national, and global contexts. Examines the physical, cultural, political, and economic geographies and their role in shaping the state and the region.

GEOG 3402 - Cultural Geography Field Course
4 credit hours
Prerequisites: Permission of department. Required for all Cultural Geography majors. Supervised study in some geographical area/topic. Emphasis on cultural elements of the environment with special attention directed toward interpretation of cultural landscapes. For fees and specific credit, consult the instructor. Course has required off-campus activities.

GEOG 3410 - Cultures and Landscapes of the United States and Canada
3 credit hours
Study of cultural and physical features of the U.S. and Canada with focus on culture regions, settlements patterns, natural resources, and cultural landscapes.

GEOG 3420 - Latin America in the 21st Century: Familiar Challenges,
3 credit hours
Comprehensive survey of the human and physical geographies of Latin America. Examines the ecological, historical, cultural, economic, and political processes that shape the region. Emphasis placed on socioeconomic development, migration, globalization, and linkages.

GEOG 3430 - Geographical Approach to Contemporary Europe
3 credit hours
Explores the past and present physical and cultural processes that influence Europe (including Russia) by examining ideas and concepts about economics, politics, culture identity, environment, and territory from a geographical perspective.

GEOG 3440 - Geography of Asia and Pacific Rim
3 credit hours
Inclusive geographic survey of sub-regions of Asia such as Southeast Asia, South Asia, and East Asia along with areas comprising the Pacific Rim. Focus on linkages and diversity within this geographic region specifically those dealing with culture, religion, politics, economies, resources, transnationalism, migrations, and globalization. Emphasis on Japan, China, India, and Pacific Rim.

GEOG 3470 - Geography of Sub-Saharan Africa
3 credit hours
Cultural and physical geography of Africa south of the Sahara Desert. Emphasis on geography of humans specifically their demographics, settlement patterns, urbanization, internal and external migrations, ethnicity and ethnic tensions, humans and natural resources, and globalization.

GEOG 3720 - Cultural Ecology
3 credit hours
(Same as ANTH 3720; HIST 3720.) Prerequisites: 3 hours anthropology or geography. Comparison of ecological systems utilized by tribal, peasant, and industrialized peoples of the world. Special attention paid to the theoretical approaches examining the interface of the environment and culture, the evolution of modes of subsistence, and contemporary development and indigenous people.

GEOG 4270 - Special Problems and Topics in Cultural Geography
3 or 6 credit hours
Prerequisite: Permission of department; junior standing. Detailed examination of problem or topic pertinent to cultural geography. Topics vary and may be taken as an independent study or in a traditional classroom setting. May be taken more than once for credit with different topics.

GEOG 4300 - Military and Conflict Geography
1 credit hour
A consideration of geographical and geopolitical influences upon military operations and strategic decision-making as well as the cultural and economic implications of a military presence.

GEOG 4325 - Global Geo-Political Economics
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: GS 2010, GEOG 2000, ECON 2410, or PS 1010. Overview of global economic and political systems from a geographic perspective. Emergence and growth of a global economy and changing geo-political boundaries examined historically to present day using spatial and temporal analyses used by geographers. Examines role of transnationalism in global economies, the changing concept of nation-states, and evolution of sections of the global economy. Global case studies such as NAFTA, OPEC, and EU examined along with regional and local examples. Requires field work.

GEOG 4330 - Political Geography
3 credit hours
Significance of geographical factors in understanding political relationships within and among nations; spatial implications of political decision-making processes.

GEOG 4340 - Historical Geography
3 credit hours
(Same as HIST 4341.) Prerequisite: GEOG 2000 or permission of instructor. The changing human geography of the United States during four centuries of settlement and development. Emphasis on changing population patterns as well as patterns of urban and rural settlement.

GEOG 4360 - Cultural Geography
3 credit hours
(Same as HIST 4361.) Prerequisite: GEOG 2000 or permission of instructor. Required for all Global Studies and Cultural Geography majors. Description and explanation of spatial patterns and ecological relationships in human culture. Emphasis on "reading" the cultural landscapes.

GEOG 4370 - Urban Geographies: Key Trends, Problems, and Solutions
3 credit hours
Explores different geographies of cities through contemporary socioeconomic processes that shape urban development. Cityscapes of North America and abroad surveyed to determine how cultural, economics, globalization, infrastructure, race, geography, and policy influence urban growth. Global networks and associations emphasized.

GEOG 4460 - The Cultural Landscape
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: Permission of department. Through behavior, cognition, and perception people assign meaning to the environment and transform spaces into places and create a sense of place. These dynamic processes result in cultural landscapes. Explores the types, methods, and meanings used by geographers to "read" those landscapes constructed by humans.

GEOG 4470 - Rural Settlement and Agricultural Landscapes
3 credit hours
(Same as HIST 4471.) Prerequisite: junior standing. A geographical analysis of forms, structures, and distribution of rural settlements in distinctive parts of the earth based upon their origin, function, and development. Special emphasis in analyzing rural settlements of middle Tennessee.

GEOG 4480 - Recreational and Tourism Geography
3 credit hours
A geographical analysis of natural and cultural factors influencing use of space for recreation and tourism. Concepts and themes such as globalization's influence on recreation and tourism, long-term sustainability of recreational space/place, cultural landscapes of tourism, and public geography/history and the role of interpretation of palces examines.

GEOG 4500 - Geography of the Middle East and North Africa
3 credit hours
Situated at the intersection of Europe, Africa and Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa together form a complex and dynamic region linked by similarities such as environment, culture, and religion. Explores the geography of the region emphasizing current issues such as population and migration, religion, conflict, natural resources, geo-political alliances and globalization.

GEOG 4540 - Geography of Indigenous Peoples
3 credit hours
(Same as HIST 4540.) Prerequisite: junior standing. Historical and current examination of indigenous peoples from a geographic perspective including their locations(s), history, diffusion and migration, human/land relationships, cultural traits, and cultural landscapes.

GEOG 4550 - Global Issues
3 credit hours
An examination of current global issues in the context of their geographic environment. Emphasis on geographic factors impacting those issues. Topics examined vary from year to year.

GEOG 4572 - Internship in Cultural Geography
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: Permission of department; junior standing. Practical work experience for students in a professional setting that relates to foundations and themes of cultural geography.

GEOG 4772 - Field Course in Historical Geography/Archaeology
3 to 6 credit hours
Prerequisite: Permission of department; junior standing. Key elements of historical geography explored using archaeologically generated data. Themes such as migration, economic interaction spheres and linkages, public history/geography, and historical landscape change examined through archival and field work. Requires off-campus activities.

GEOG 4990 - Senior Seminar in Cultural Geography
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: Permission of department; senior standing. Required capstone course for all Cultural Geography majors. Implements acquired knowledge from previous cultural geography courses to develop a research project. Offers preparation for graduate study and/or job opportunities in geography.