Geography

Emily Broas ‘11 GEOG-EmilyBroas
F09-S10 D-plan:  L-R-R
Geography/Public Policy

Favorite and least favorite things about your department:

What I love most about Geography at Dartmouth is that each course reshapes your perspective in some way. Every time I go grocery shopping, I think of the complex global and political processes that contributed to placing each item on the shelves, thanks to my Food and Power class with Professor Freidberg. Every time I go home to Washington DC or to other cities, I consider how the urban landscape might reflect the evolution of the city’s value systems and economic processes, thanks to Urban Geography with Professor Domosh.  The possible applications of this interdisciplinary and dynamic field are endless. One frustration I have had is that course listings change often, so I advise anyone considering a Geography major to check the registrar website periodically.

Important info for potential majors:

Map out the classes you’re interested in taking early. It’s a relatively small department, so the great upside is that you’ll get to know the professors and your classmates very well.  The downside, though, is that the course offerings are more limited and an excellent class might only be offered once or twice during your Dartmouth career.

Talk to me if:

you’re interested in urban geography or international development, or have questions about combining your Geography major with a Public Policy or other minor.

Most valuable academic info learned:

Balance each term with different types of courses. The Geography department offers many options – from reading intensive to non-reading intensive classes, lecture-based to seminar classes, as well as some lab classes – so make sure that you don’t overload yourself with three highly demanding courses unless you know that you’ll be able to devote enough time and energy to getting the most out of them.

Favorite class and professor:

Social Justice and the City with Professor Mollett. This class challenged widespread “normative assumptions” about cities, concerning gender, race and ethnicity, the Global North versus the Global South, and so on. Professor Mollett did a wonderful job assigning thought-provoking articles and engaging the class in critical discussions about our society and ourselves.

Major classes taken:

GEOG 6, 13, 15, 22, 25, 58

Major journey:

I took two years of Geography in high school, including AP Geography, and enjoyed the classes immensely. I knew that I wanted to major in Geography in college, and that choice largely directed my college search. When I heard about Dartmouth’s excellent program, and spoke with current undergraduates and professors, I knew it was the perfect place for me! I have had a wonderful experience with my major classes and with the Geography department.

Major-specific activities:

Presidential Scholar with Professor Mollett, 10W-10S.

Thesis status:

Intended, will focus on an aspect of Urban Geography.

Other activities:

Dartmouth College Gospel Choir; Tour Guide; Link-Up – Executive Board member (08F-09S); STAR Mentoring – co-leader (09X-10S); Rockefeller Center – discussion group leader (10W).

Off-campus program:

10X, studying at the London School of Economics (tentatively).

Internship experience:

During 09F, I plan on working at a government agency or policy council involving urban planning and policy.

sliderSara Brown ‘10 geog2-sbrown
F09-S10 D-plan: R-R-R
Double major in Geography and English

Favorite and least favorite thing about department:

My favorite thing about the Geography department is the professors. All of my Geography professors have been incredibly passionate, interesting, kind, and helpful. This winter, for example, I took Geography 58 with Xun Shi, my first computer-science style class at Dartmouth, and ended up loving it, due to his ability to simplify very complicated subjects. My least favorite thing is how underappreciated the department is…

Important info for potential majors:

If you want to double-major in the humanities and social sciences, do it! There are lots of interconnections between the fields, and it can be fun to jump from one subject to another on a regular basis. However, if you do want to double-major, get started early!

Talk to me if:

you want to double-major, but aren’t sure how to go about it. Also talk to me if you’re debating an off-campus program.

Most valuable academic information learned:

Study abroad! My FSP to Prague for Geography has been my best experience at Dartmouth so far. On field trips, we’ve visited a coal mine, intensive care unit for premature infants, winery, bullet factory, Soviet-era panel housing, an abandoned military base, and many other amazing sites that I never would have gotten to see otherwise.

Favorite class and professor:

FSP to Prague with Mona Domosh – She’s brilliant, and also incredibly funny and warm.

Major classes taken:

GEOG 1; 3; 14; 58; 80; 81; 82

Major journey:

I had always been an “English” girl, so I entered Dartmouth wanting to try something else. I fell in love with Geography fall term of freshmen year, when I took Geography 1 with Colleen Fox. The class was challenging, but I loved it. It showed me how connected the world really was, and how vital it was to learn to operate in a global framework. I returned to English in the spring of my freshmen year, though, when I took English 34 with Andrew McCann, and realized how much I’d missed reading and writing about literature.

Major specific activities:

Presidential Scholar with Michael Chaney, TA for Geography 3

Thesis status:

Planned, very tentative, in both departments

Other activities:

UGA, DDS, Prison Project and other volunteering,interning at a small children’s publishing firm

Off Campus Program:

Geography FSP to Prague, 08S; English FSP to Glasgow, 08F

Internship experience:

First Year Office, Student Intern, 07F, Dartmouth
Lubin Lawrence (Marketing consulting), Intern, 08W/08S, New York City

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Yacoba Annobil ‘10
F09-S10 D-plan: R-R-R
Geography Major/ Spanish Minor

Favorite and least favorite things about your department:

My favorite and least favorite of the Geography department are very similar. I love the Geography department’s size and the faculty. The Geography professors are so knowledgeable and so accessible. You can discuss whatever doubts you have, such as research topic ideas, exam material, general counsel, and they are so willing to help. My least favorite aspects of the Geography department is also that because of its size, compared to that of the History and Government departments, there are not that many classes offered each term.

Important info for potential majors:

The Geography department covers a wide range of topics from international development studies to urban studies to physical geography. Since Geography does not cover one particular subject make sure you try a few different classes before you make any decisions about how feel about the Geography department as a whole.

Talk to me if:

Talk to me if you are a bit confused about what Geography actual is—it is not the memorization of the countries of the world.

Most valuable academic info learned:

Go to office hours! Even if you think your questions are really small and inconsequential, go meet with the professor. Professors, especially in the Geography department, are really excited to get to know the students and really want to help you.

Favorite class and professor:

It is difficult to pick just one class from the Geography department because I have truly enjoyed all the classes I’ve taken from the department. I would have to say that my favorite class has been Geography 1 with Professor Coleen Fox because it was the class that really drew me to Geography. The class is a great way to gain great way to gain an understanding of the wide variety of topics that Geography covers.

Major classes taken:

GEOG 1, 6, 13, 40, 58; ANTH 18

Major journey:

I came to Dartmouth thinking that I would be a Government or History major. I decided to take a random assortment of classes my freshman fall, including Geography 1. I really loved the class but planned on exploring other social science disciplines. After one term without a Geography class I returned to the subject realizing that what I loved about the discipline was its interdisciplinary nature and its focus on current events and human conditions.

Major-specific activities:

Presidential Scholar with Professor Mollett 08X and 08F.

Thesis status:

Intend to write a thesis about street life culture among youth in Accra, Ghana.

Other activities:

Dartmouth Undergraduate Law Journal—Associate Editor; Afro-American Society; Programming Board—Budget Board Committee; Tucker Fellow Winter ’09; Research Assistant 08X-08F; Tucker Katrina Trip Relief Volunteer; KDE.

Off-campus program:

Spanish FSP in Buenos Aires 08S; Tucker Fellowship in Granada, Nicaragua

Internship experience:

Teaching intern for Baltimore City Public School second and third grade students during 2007 summer. I taught and mentored a class of ten students and accompanied them on daily educational field trips.