Geography Major


The Romance Between Space and Environment

George Mallory said the reason he climbed Mt. Everest was because it was there, reflecting a kind of romanticism shared by all who love mountains.
So why are there mountains? And what is beyond them? The study of geography systematically addresses such simple questions about space, regions and places. Geography clearly describes the various phenomena on the earth's surface--including the complicated way we feel about areas close to us and the global environmental crisis--through the prism of the concept of space.
Geography classes consist of lectures on theory regarding spatial perspective and text-based activities so that students can comprehend the relevant Japanese and foreign literature. Also, there is a special emphasis on hands-on activities to instill in students a firm understanding of the field's practical methods. Students learn how to treat large volumes of regional data via calculator instruction and are awakened to the true face of the land around them through observation of landforms via excursions outside the classroom. In the summers following students' second and third years, they take a five-day trip for field research. (Otaru is scheduled for 2006.) In their fourth year, they reflect upon the experience and put it to use in writing their graduation theses.
Getting covered in dust in the stacks of the library, returning from a drilling survey and falling asleep covered in mud, returning from a survey of mountain villages with bee larvae as souvenirs... Graduates with these experiences go out into the world to play an active role in all walks of life, from academia to public service to mass communication.
We welcome you to think together with us about the environment through the concept of space.

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