The Department of Political Science and Geography offers both a Bachelor of Arts degree and Bachelor of Science degree in Geography. The geography program is designed to give students a broad base of geographical training and an understanding of human-environment interrelationships, while providing an opportunity to specialize in one of the two emphasis areas: Urban geography or environment & resources. The Department of Political Science and Geography also offers one general minor and two minors in areas of specialization (Resource Management and Urban Planning) and participates heavily in the undergraduate international studies B.A. program, and interdisciplinary studies teacher education programs.
At the graduate level, the department offers, through Graduate Programs in International Studies, the M.A. and Ph.D in international studies. Current areas for student concentration are: conflict and cooperation including security studies and collective security, international relations, American foreign policy, political economy and development, and transnational issues including migration and democratization studies. Regional specializations are available in Sub-Saharan Africa, East Asia, Latin America, Middle East, Scandinavia and the Baltic, Eastern and Western Europe, and the former Soviet Union.
The Department of Political Science and Geography offers an undergraduate and graduate certification in remote sensing for coastal environmental analysis. This provides an interdisciplinary program for students wishing to pursue careers in coastal management and research, remote sensing, or geographic information systems (GIS) applications.
The geography collection additionally supports a variety of other undergraduate and graduate level programs at ODU. At the undergraduate level, geography courses are integrated into the "perspectives - social sciences" area of the general education program. The geography collection also supports undergraduate work in the areas of political science, sociology, women's studies and economics. At the graduate level, the geography collection supports work in urban studies, women's studies, education, and sociology. Materials in physical geography, remote sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) also support undergraduate, graduate and faculty research in the areas of oceanography and geology. As Old Dominion University expands its emphasis on internationalization in all areas, the geography collection will become an increasingly crucial area of the collection.
To support these program offerings the library must collect a broad base of geography materials at the undergraduate level, and a selected range of material at the graduate and research levels. The areas of heaviest concentration are human geography, environmental geography, urban geography, and political geography.
GENERAL COLLECTING GUIDELINES
English will be the primary language of the collection. English language translations of foreign works will be collected on a selective basis. Non-English language materials will generally not be collected.
Chronological Treatment of Subject Guidelines:
The collection development emphasis will be on current topics in geography. Historical materials should be considered in the areas of human geography, environmental geography, urban geography and political geography
Works on the geography of all world areas should be collected selectively. United States geography and Virginia geography are important to a wide variety of academic areas and should be emphasized. Emphasis should also be placed on geographic regions most pertinent to Old Dominion University's areas of International Studies program concentration, including Sub-Saharan Africa, East Asia, Latin America, Middle East, Scandinavia and the Baltic, Eastern and Western Europe, and the former Soviet Union.
Treatment of Subject:
In addition to scholarly monographs, the library may collect materials of a technical nature, such as manuals to particular GIS software, or associated datasets.
Types of Material:
ODU Library will collect scholarly monographs including bibliographies, conference proceedings, and reference works. It will maintain on-site access to core geography periodicals and to bibliographic databases designed to facilitate access to geography literature. In addition, the library will offer access points to geography related information that is not available on-site including online database services and Internet accessible resources. The Library may selectively acquire numeric files or datasets in conjunction with efforts to incorporate GIS into library services, or to facilitate use of GIS within the various academic departments.
Date of Publication:
Current materials published within the past five years will receive priority. Older materials may be selectively acquired in order to fill in weak areas of the collection.
Other General Considerations:
key to collecting codes
Bibliographer: Stuart Frazer (email@example.com)
|G - GF||Geography||3a|
|G70||Geography - Methodology||3b|
|G70.212 - 70.215||Geographic Information Systems||4||Certification program|
|G70.23||Geography - Mathematics||3|
|G70.3||Geography - Statistical Methods||3|
|G70.39 - 70.6||Remote Sensing||4||Certification program|
|G72 - 76||Geography - Study and Teaching||4||Teacher education applications|
|G82 - 88||Geography, Ancient||3|
|GA101 - 1999||Cartography||3b|
|GB||Physical Geography||3b||Geology/oceanography applications|
|GB400 - 649||Geomorphology||3b|
|GB450 - 460||Coasts||4||Certification program & geology/oceanography applications|
|GF||Human Geography||4||International studies applications|
|GF21 - 23||Human Geography - Methodology||3b|
|GF125||Urban Geography||4||Urban studies applications|
|HB1951 - 2160||Population Geography||3|
|JC319 - 323||Political Geography||4||International studies applications|
|P375 - 381||Linguistic Geography||4||Linguistics program applications|
|RA791 - 954||Medical Geography||3b||Health sciences applications|
|UA985 - 997||Military Geography||3|