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Study Abroad/Global Education

Geography by Rail

Winterim 2014

For nearly two centuries, railroads symbolized progress and were the quintessential way to travel overland long distances. Today it’s still the main form of transport for many places in the world. The UK is no exception, with many locals still using it for daily commutes, to visit relatives, and have a holiday. The railroad also makes a great classroom to understand the landscape. Geography lies at the heart of why the UK—a relatively small country size-wise—still functions as a major world power. Analyzing a landscape’s evolution can also aid in understanding the concepts behind a nation. 

England and Scotland represent a great experiential learning environment for study both physical and cultural geography. This course reinforces for students many concepts learned in classes, and offers practical hands-on experiences in various geographic field techniques, methods, and assessments with broad, transferable international perspectives. Students will keep detailed travel journals, engage in daily thoughtprovoking discussions, and develop a “field guide” to be used en route. Students will also be responsible for contributing to an on-going interactive multi-media project.

This course will be registered as a Spring 2014 course, so Spring Financial Aid is available!​​​

Quick Facts

  • Course GEOG 4998/5998
  • Faculty Dr. Casey Allen & Dr. Jon Barbour 
  • Dates December 28, 2013-Janaury 11, 2014
  • Cost $2,950
  • Deadline October 1, 2013. There is currently a WAITLIST for the program. 
  • Credits 4
  • Prerequisites GEOG 1202 & GEOG 1302 or similar courses; GPA 2.5 or higher; interview with faculty
  • Program Advisor    Meghan Atherton​


Costs and dates tentative and subje​ct to change.​

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