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- Foster understanding of human society, the natural environment, and the interdependence between the two.
- Provide basic familiarity with complex concepts, theories and research methods fundamental to geographic study.
- Stimulate awareness of geographical perspectives through analysis of spatial patterns and processes that reflect and inform social, environmental, political, economic, and cultural practices.
- Provide students opportunities to employ observational and analytical skills to the study of space, place, and environment on scales from the local to the global.
- Stimulate awareness of critical human and environmental issues facing the world today, including contemporary debates on globalization and global change.
- Provide students with field experiences in a variety of natural and socio-cultural environments.
- Provide students with opportunities to develop an in-depth understanding of other countries and people and an appreciation of the complexity and interrelationship of todays global society.