The Status of Geographic Education in U.S. Institutions of Higher Education: A Comparative Analysis of Programmatic Data from 2004-05 and 2009-10




Moore, Zachary A.

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The Grosvenor Center for Geographic Education


This research presents an assessment of the status of geography education in U.S. institutions of higher education over a five-year academic period. To accomplish this goal, a comparative analysis of the status of geography education in geography programs throughout academic institutions in the United States was conducted for 2004-05 and 2009-10. The research also identified which geography programs offered bachelor and/or graduate degrees/concentrations and instruction in geography education, and determined if these degrees/concentrations and/or courses are teacher-centered or research-based. The trends discussed in this research indicate that geography education experienced positive growth in relation to course offerings and in the number of institutions offering degrees or program concentrations. This baseline study provides geography educators and the professional organizations (i.e., Association of American Geographers; National Council for Geographic Education; and, the National Geographic Society) with data that highlight the overall health and generally positive growth that geography education experienced during the period under review.



geography, geography education, geography degrees


Moore, Z.A. (2013). The status of geographic education in U.S. institutions of higher education: A comparative analysis of programmatic data from 2004-05 and 2009-10. Research in Geographic Education, 15(1), pp. 43-60.


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