GEOGRAPHY 334: NORTH AMERICA

Dr. Kathy Schreiber
226 McComsey Hall, x3630
Office Hours: MW 1-2,TR 11-1 or by appointment

Course Description
This course uses the concepts and themes of geography to explore the Anglo-American experience. We look at the U.S. and Canada first from the global scale to assess their character and distinctiveness. At the continental scale, we examine physical and societal processes shaping significant environmental and population patterns, and interrelationships between those patterns. Focusing on site, situation, and human-environmental interactions, regional economies and regional social/environmental issues of these countries are then explored. This helps us to gain an appreciation of both US/Canadian geographic variability as well as the relevance of geography for societal issues.

Required Course Materials
S.S. Birdsall, E.J. Palka, J.C. Malinowski, J.L. Price. 2005. Regional Landscapes of the United States and Canada, 6th ed. New York, NY: Wiley

The Nystrom Desk Atlas. 2004. Chicago, Ill:Nystrom.

North America Activity Packet.

Course Links
Exam Review
PDF Exam Review
Links to Sites of Interest
Example Presentation Topics

Course Outline       
Introduction to Anglo-America
Place-Name Geography of Anglo-America
Physical Environment
      Landforms
      Climates
      Vegetation
Population
      Characteristics
      Temporal Trends
      Geographic Patterns and Trends
Regions
      Megalopolis
      Canada’s National Core
      North America’s Manufacturing Core*
      The Agricultural Core*
      The Bypassed East
      The Northlands
      Hawaii
      The Changing South
      Appalachia and the Ozarks
      The Southern Coastlands
      The Great Plains and Prairies*
      The Empty Interior*
      The Southwest Border Area
      The North Pacific Coast
      California