College of Behavioral & Social Sciences

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  • Understand and use key concepts constituting a geographic perspective: context; space, time and scale; functional process, distribution, movement, and pattern; human-environment interrelationships; causes and implications of geospatial variability; quantitative and qualitative measurement and interpretation; cartographic presentation; and the holistic and integrative character of a geospatial perspective.
  • Identify and evaluate information sources and prior research relevant to a geographic or planning research topic for contextualizing research questions or applied problems.
  • Identify and describe significant geographic or planning research questions; identify the audience most interested in the answers to these research questions, and identify and design a reasonable yet, appropriate research strategy to answer a particular research question.
  • Learn to effectively critique materials, including an understanding of the difference between expressing an argument from evidence versus opinion.  Show evidence; related arguments to literature, prior research. Ability to critically evaluate, construct, analyze and defend an argument based on interpretation of geographic information to solve problems.
  • Ability to communicate geographic information and content effectively both orally and in writing.