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Iraq, Afghanistan, China...what do you really know about these countries and the peoples living in them? Learn about these places and many others that are now tied to your life through globalization, geopolitics, trade, and information technologies. Who are the Kurds, the Kashmiris and the Kazakhs, and how are our actions intertwined? Geography is so much more than map skills, it provides an indispensible perspective on current events and their geo-historical context. Geography courses at WVC allow students to develop critical thinking skills and cross-cultural understanding to help navigate our increasingly interconnected world.


Introduction to the study of human geography and the major themes of the discipline. Topics include human-environment interaction, population and migration, cultural diffusion, patterns of health and nutrition, industrialization, economic development, and political geography. These will be approached in the context of regional difference and globalization.