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Geography and Planning

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Geography and Planning

Address:
West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Department of Geography and Planning
College of Business and Public Management
Fifth Floor
Business and Public Management Center
50 Sharpless Street
West Chester, PA 19383


Phone: 610-436-2343

Name: Dr. Dottie Ives Dewey
Position: Department Chair
Email: DIvesDewey@wcupa.edu

Name: Heather MacQueen
Position: Department Secretary
Email: HMacQueen@wcupa.edu

Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Geography and Planning for its undergraduate program is multi-faceted. The mission is:

  • to produce geographers conceptually prepared and technically skilled for spatial analysis and problem-solving;
  • to provide majors with the basic background of the discipline;
  • to provide the opportunity to specialize in an area of their interest such as in geographic analysis and planning; and
  • to link undergraduate programs to the surrounding community for professional and graduate-level training, and as a resource for planning, consulting, and research needs of the community.

The mission of the Department of Geography and Planning for its Master of Arts graduate program is:

  • to advance conceptual knowledge of the discipline of Geography;
  • to develop skills and expertise for spatial analysis and problem-solving in areas such as land use planning and management, conservation of resources, demographic change, and location of commerce and industry;
  • to link graduate programs to the surrounding community for professional training and as a resource for planning, consulting, and research needs of the community;
  • to prepare students for entrance into Ph.D. programs in geography; and
  • to prepare students for entrance into social studies education.

Learning Goals

Bachelor of Arts

  1. Basic knowledge of the discipline of Geography: students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the key concepts of place, space, scale, and location.
  2. Technical skills: students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of geographic analysis and problem-solving.
  3. Information literacy: students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of how to conduct geographic research.
  4. Communication skills: students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of how to communicate effectively in oral and written formats appropriate for professional audiences.

Master of Arts

  1. Advanced knowledge of discipline of Geography: students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the key concepts of place, space, scale, and location.
  2. Technical skills: students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of geographic analysis and problem-solving.
  3. Information literacy: students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of how to conduct geographic research.
  4. Communication skills: students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of how to communicate effectively in oral and written formats appropriate for professional audiences.

Certificate in Planning

  1. Advanced knowledge of planning: students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the key concepts of place, design alternatives and impacts, and connectivity.
  2. Technical skills: students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of regional planning problem-solving.
  3. Information literacy: students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of planning, research, and analysis to address community needs.

Certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

  1. Advanced knowledge of the application of geographic information systems: students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the key concepts of scale, map projections, and coordinate systems.
  2. Technical skills: students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of geographic analysis and problem-solving.
  3. Information literacy: students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of how to conduct research using geographic information systems.