ENV-151 Introduction to Human Geography

Human geography explores the ways in which human definitions of, attitudes towards, and behavior in space affect the distribution of our activities and our impact on the natural world-- as well as the ways in which that world shapes and constrains our definitions and behavior. The course introduces several kinds of geographic analysis such as classification of industrial and agricultural landscapes, urban structure, transportation patterns, migration, conceptions of political space (such as nation-states), and cultural/religious patterns. Local case studies as well as international examples will be discussed. In the final course project, students will use public data to evaluate the impact of climate change on the human geography of a chosen region.


3 credits