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Geographic Education

The Georgia College Geography Program offers students a wide range of undergraduate and graduate courses.  Be sure to examine our Upcoming Courses.

Dr. Chuck Fahrer teaches Human Geography and World Regional Geography, and offers upper-level courses in Cultural Geography, Political Geography, Military Geography, and Comparative Regional Geography.  Dr. Fahrer's regional specialty is in the Middle East and Asia.  He also teaches special topics in Insurgency and Terrorism.

Dr. Doug Oetter teaches two introductory courses in Physical Geography (Weather & Climate and Landforms), and offers upper-level courses in Geographic Information, Resource Use, Environment & Society, Natural Hazards, and Advanced Weather & Climate.  Dr. Oetter's regional specialty is in South America.  He also teaches special topics in Environmental Science.

Dr. Amy Sumpter teaches Human Geography, World Regional Geography, and upper-level courses in Economic Geography, Urban Geography, Historical Geography, and Race & Ethnicity.  Dr. Sumpter has developed regional specialties in Africa, North America, and the Southern U. S.

Dr. Jeff Blick, in the Department of Government and Sociology, teaches Cultural Geography of Latin America at the upper-level, and other courses in support of the Certificate in Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

Dr. Eric Spears, Director of the International Education Center, has a research and teaching focus in International Political Economy and Brazil.

Dr. Trish Klein is a specialist in Geography Education, associated with the Early Childhood and Middle Grades Education department.

Support of Geographic Education
The Georgia College Geography Program supports many other programs and schools on campus.  For example, our course in Advanced Regional Geography is a staple for students in the College of Education  pursuing a degree in Middle Grades Education.  Many graduate students in the Master of Arts in Teaching select geography as one of their areas for the broad-field certification.

In addition, the courses in Geographic Information are an integral part of the B.S. in Environmental Science.  Many students from this program go on to graduate schools and careers in fields that require geographic skills.

Special Projects
Georgia College hosts the state's annual National Geographic Bee in late March or early April of every year.  The bee selects the top 4th-8th grader from 100 middle schools to represent the state at the national competition each May in Washington, DC.  For more information on the Bee, please contact the National Geographic Society

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Our faculty also support The Coverdell Institute, a GC organization devoted to the principles of civic engagement.  The institute hosts the American Democracy Project and Active Citizenship.  Geographers have played a crucial role in developing campus and community education programs for the institute, including:

  • Indian Ocean Tsunami 2005
  • Hurricane Katrina 2006
  • Global Warming 2007
  • Georgia's Drought 2008


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