GEOG-138: Geography of Michigan

Liberal Arts
Social Sciences
Academic Level
Course Subject
Course Number
Course Title
Geography of Michigan
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
Eligible to take ENG courses at HFC
Catalog Course Description

Examines the spatial distribution of the human and environmental landscapes of Michigan. Places particular attention on the historical geography of settlement and human use of the natural environment.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. Overview of Geography and Geographic Perspective
  2. Spatial Analysis
  3. Overview of Human Geography: cultural, economic, political, historical.
  4. Overview of Physical Geography
  5. Population and Human Settlement Patterns
  6. Economic Activities
  7. Human Resource Use
  8. The Geography of Detroit
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  1. Explain spatial analysis and describe the geographic approach and perspective.
  2. Explain the spatial organization of people, places, and environments in Michigan.
  3. Explain how to use maps to interpret the past, understand the present, and plan for the future.
  4. Describe the human and physical characteristics of places in Michigan.
  5. Discuss population patterns and the historical geography of human settlement in Michigan.
  6. Identify the major economic activities of Michigan and explain the spatial distribution of those activities.
  7. Discuss cultural, social, economic, political and environmental patterns in Michigan within local, regional, national, and global contexts.
  8. Discuss resource use and provide examples of how human actions modify the physical environment in Michigan.
  9. Analyze a current issue or challenge in Michigan from a geographic perspective. Describe the nature of the challenge, assess the present and long term impacts on people and the environment, and determine the best possible solutions and actions needed to solve or mitigate the problem.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

Each instructor will identify and implement appropriate methods to assess the achievement of the learning objectives for the course.


General Education Categories
  • Social Sciences
Institutional Outcomes
  • Civil Society and Culture - U.S. and Global
MTA Categories
  • Category 4: Social Sciences
Satisfies Wellness Requirement

Credit for Prior College-Level Learning

Options for Credit for Prior College-Level Learning

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Winter 2022
ILT Approval Date
AALC Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date
Review Semester
Winter 2022