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Geographic Education

Now more than ever before, geography education matters.
Changing political boundaries, territorial conflicts, sustainability, and globalization are each examples of geographic issues that confront us daily. They illustrate the power and importance of studying geography. Current geography teaching standards and methods help our students understand their rapidly changing world while also grounding them in the local geography of their own hometown, region, and state.

For students interested in pursuing a teaching certificate, the UO has a fifth year program called UOTeach. If you want to find out more about how to apply to the program, click here. There are several pre-requisite courses, and you are encouraged to try and take those prior to graduation with your bachelor’s degree.

For more than sixty years, the Department of Geography at the University of Oregon has offered a summer master’s degree program in geography education for K-12 teachers (EDGE). The overall goal of this summer MS degree program at the University of Oregon is to provide a flexible, supportive and challenging set of courses and research opportunities that enable classroom teachers to:

  • Improve their knowledge and understanding of geography content;
  • Understand and use geographic skills to help solve ‘real world’ problems;
  • Think critically about environmental socio-economic, and cultural information from a spatial perspective; and
  • View the world of ideas and information through a holistic geographic lens.

EDGE Website (site under construction. Please check back by Nov 1st)

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Note: Occasionally GEOG 410 is also offered as a course that would count towards the Environmental Systems Concentration. Check the Course Offerings (the “pink sheet”) or email the Undergraduate Advisor at to clarify. 

GEOG 341. Population and Environment. 4 Credits.
Patterns of population growth over history and place, current policies and programs, and impacts and trends in United States and international contexts. Includes method and theory. Cohen.

GEOG 342. Geography of Globalization. 4 Credits.
Historical and geographical dimensions of globalization; emphasizes economic and social factors. Topics include multinationals, trade agreements, sustainability, global inequalities, and racial and gender divisions of labor. Buck.GEOG 343. Society, Culture, and Place. 4 Credits.
Examines ways in which geographical context reflects and shapes cultural and social processes. Importance of place and territory in human affairs. Su.
409 Practicum: [Topic] (1–21R) Advisor approved

GEOG 441. Political Geography. 4 Credits.
Spatial perspectives on global political patterns and processes. Relationship of political territories to resources, ethnic patterns, and ideological communities. Impact of political arrangements on landscapes. Prereq: Junior standing. Murphy.

442/542 Urban Geography. 4 Credits. Urbanization throughout the world, the structure of urban settlements; cities as regional centers, physical places, and homes for people; geographic problems in major urban environments. Special fee. Junior standing required. Meehan.

GEOG 444. Cultural Geography. 4 Credits.
Patterns of culture as a force in human affairs. Dynamics of identity, place, and power. The creation of culture at different scales. Cohen.

471/571 North American Historical Landscapes. 4 Credits. Examines the origin and evolution of cultural landscapes in North America through historical and contemporary sources, and draws upon the local region for student projects. Junior standing required. Holtgrieve.

475/575 Advanced Geography of Non-European-American Regions: [Topic] [R]. 4 Credits. Examination of the settlement patterns, regional economies, political organization, and character of the landscapes of selected major regions of the non-European and American world. Junior standing required. R when region changes. Buck, Su, Walker.