The University of Kentucky Geography

Authors: Claire Hilbrecht*, UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY
Topics: Geography Education
Keywords: Education
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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The University of Kentucky (UK) is a public land-grant university located in Lexington, Kentucky. Kentucky’s largest university, UK has an undergraduate population of approximately 22,425 students. The Geography Department at UK is home to 60 students and 25 faculty members. The Department offers both a B.S. and a B.A. in Geography with six major tracks: Environmental Geography, Physical Geography, Urban Geography and Planning, GIS, Human Geography and International Studies. The Geography Department also offers a minor in Geography and a minor in Mapping and GIS. As a second-year student pursuing a B.A. in Geography and a B.S. in Natural Resources and Environmental Science, I am interested in studying environmental sustainability and global studies. UK’s Undergraduate Geography Program allows me to do this with its interdisciplinary focus and unique international opportunities. In fact, my journey with Geography began with my education abroad experience in China this past summer. There, I studied Urban Geography under a UK Geography faculty member. I hope to continue my international education with the Department of Geography’s summer program to Oaxaca, Mexico during which students study social justice issues in Oaxaca, conduct a research project, and work with various NGOs. In this paper, I highlight the exemplary programs the department has developed for its undergraduate students and how these programs have already impacted me as a second-year student. I am excited to share what UK’s Undergraduate Geography Program has to offer, while engaging in conversations about what an undergraduate experience in geography looks like in other universities.

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