Department of Geography and the Environment


Mon, December 19, 2011

Study abroad is an important opportunity for any student to greatly improve their education, but for Geography majors it is even more important to have fieldwork and overseas experience.  This summer the Department of Geography and the Environment will have two new faculty-led study abroad programs taught by Professors Gregory Knapp and Kelley Crews.


The Geography, Language and Culture summer study abroad program of Dr. Knapp has been moved from Córdoba to Buenos Aires, Argentina.  The program still runs from May 23 to July 5, 2012. In addition to the Geography of South America course taught by Professor Knapp (GRG 323K/ LAS 330), students take a second course in language or culture taught by faculty in Argentina. Students will have the opportunity to study urban change in one of the world's most exciting and dynamic cities, as well as studying issues of agriculture, culture, development, and the environment.  Students will live with local families and have a wide range of activities and extracurricular options.  For more information, prospective students should contact the Study Abroad Office or Professor Knapp.

Dr. Crews will be teaching on climate change, ecosystems, and human dynamcis. Climate change is a subject of critical importance for both scientists and global citizens. Botswana profiles a wonderful example of developing world issues set in pristine environments where these debates still have the potential to support both people and the environment. The Botswana Kalahari is a remote and relatively undisturbed desert environment that provides an ideal natural laboratory for exploring climate change issues such as carbon storage, food production and the interactions between humans and the environment. Safaris in the Okavango Delta and Central Kalahari Game Reserve expose students to both wetland and savanna ecosystems while visits to a local school and cooperative education center provide insights into the region's bush culture. The program is based out of a camp and the lectures, program activities, and daily living take place outdoors.

  • GRG 356T - Climate Change and Vegetation Response in the Kalahari
  • GRG 356T - Envir-Cultural Dynamics in Botswana
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