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Geography Education

Geography Education students at UD teach local children geopgraphy
Students at the Etta J. Wilson Elementary School in Newark, DE take their social studies and geography learning to a new scale on a giant floor map of North America. The University of Delaware's Geography Department and the Delaware Geographic Alliance partnered to bring the map to area schools where students had the opportunity to play games on the map that enhance their knowledge of geography. - (Evan Krape / University of Delaware)

College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment

Department of Geography 


Teaching children to understand our natural and human world


Geographers examine the physical and social processes that help explain why features on the earth’s surface are located where they are, how people interact with their environment, and what makes one place different from another. In early coursework, majors examine the physical properties of the natural environment (water, climate, landforms and vegetation) and the role that human beliefs, activities and decision-making has in shaping the world around us.  Upper level coursework in a selected core area of geography deepens students’ understandings of important environmental and social issues. Majors will explore interconnections among climate change, vegetation, environmental degradation, agricultural systems, geopolitical decision-making, human migration and settlement. Coursework in research design, data collection and data analysis allows our graduates to share marketable skills--such as geographical information systems (GIS), fieldwork, interviewing or computer modeling--and their unique perspective of the world with potential employers.

Areas of study

  • History and political science
  • Educational psychology
  • Instructional design
  • Physical geography
  • Human geography

Career Options

  • Middle school geography teacher
  • High school geography teacher

Graduate programs

  • Geography
  • Geography Education
  • Educational Leadership
  • Educational Technology

What’s special about this program?

The Bachelor of Arts in Geography Education is a degree that combines coursework in geography and education. It prepares students to teach Advanced Placement Geography in high school settings and brings a geographic perspective to a range of other classes taught in secondary schools. Majors will receive broad training in physical and human geography as well as education, gaining the tools and methods of both disciplines. Students will also gain experience through teaching placement at nearby schools.

Get involved

CEOE’s Living Learning Community

Semester-in-Residence

EnvironMentors

DENIN Ambassadors

Study abroad programs and extracurricular environmental field trips

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program

Undergraduate research

Coast Day

Earth Week

Students for the Environment

Sample curriculum

ECON101

 

Introduction to Microeconomics

ENGL110

 

Critical Reading and Writing
GEOG101/111

Physical Geography: Climatic Processes with Laboratory

 

GEOG102

Human Geography

 

GEOG106

Physical Geography: Land Surface Processes

 

GEOG203

 

Introduction to Cultural Geography

UNIV101

 

First Year Experience

 

 

MATH Requirement

 

 

Foreign Language Courses

 

ECON103

 

Introduction to Macroeconomics
GEOG2XX

Geography Electives

 

GEOG271

Introduction to Geographic Data Analysis

 

GEOG372

Geographic Information Systems

 

HIST104

 

World History II

HIST206

 

U.S. History Since 1865

POSC150

 

Introduction to American Politics

 

 

University Breadth Courses

 

 

Foreign Language Courses

 

EDUC414

Teaching Exceptional Adolescents

 

EDUC419

Diversity in Secondary Education

 

EDUC413
Adolescent Development and Education Psychology

 

GEOG3XX

Geography Electives

 

HIST493

Problems in Teaching History and Social Sciences

 

 

ECON Elective

 

 

HIST Elective

 

 

POSC Elective

 

  University Breadth Courses
EDUC400

Student Teaching

 

EDUC420

Reading in the Content Areas

 

GEOG445

Method and Theory in Geography

 

HIST493

Problems in Teaching History and Social Sciences

 

 

University Breadth Courses

 

  POSC Elective Course