The Undergraduate Geography Experience at Auburn University - Faculty Perspective

Authors: Carmen Brysch*, Auburn University
Topics: Geography Education
Keywords: undergraduate experience
Session Type: Lightning Paper
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:45 PM
Room: Maryland C, Marriott, Lobby Level
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Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama has an undergraduate enrollment of about 25,000 students. The geography program is located in the Department of Geosciences which consists of 15 geology faculty and 9 geography faculty. Number of majors combined for geology and geography ranges from 20-70 every year. The Department offers a BS, minor, and accelerated bachelors program in geography. I am a Lecturer of Geography at Auburn University and my main teaching responsibilities include teaching large lecture sections (100-400 students) of global geography, Auburn’s world regional geography equivalent. This course is one of the options for students to fulfill their social science core. I also teach the honors global geography course as well teach for Auburn University’s Auburn Global program which consists of international students. These class sizes have ranged from 30-70 students. Finally, I teach a sophomore level human geography course, it is an elective for many majors across campus as well as a required course for pre social science education majors. Additionally, I serve as the Undergraduate Program Officer in geography as the sponsor for Auburn’s Chapter of GTU. As UPO, I mentor students regarding coursework, opportunities for undergraduate research, and internships. I assist in helping students get involved in our mentoring and apprenticeship programs. During this session I hope to gain additional information related to what other departments are doing to successfully recruit majors, what the climate is like for geography majors in a split department, and what impact a geography minor has had on the program.

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