By LAURA CLARK, News Editor

Beginning next month, The University of Michigan- Dearborn will offer an undergraduate minor in geography, housed within the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters Department.

In a survey of more than 100 UM-Dearborn students, over half had indicated that they would be interested in pursuing a minor in geography if it were offered.

Two new courses are currently in the works for the new minor, and elective courses already being offered will also count toward it. The geography minor will require two prerequisite courses, a geographic techniques course, and at least nine credit hours of elective courses in geography. The recently approved geography minor has been in the works for six years.

“Geography is very interdisciplinary,” said Barry Wauldron, a UM-Dearborn geography lecturer. “Students can study almost anything they are interested in, as it exists on the Earth’s surface.”

Wauldon and fellow UM-Dearborn geography lecturer Claudia Walters commented on the need for a geography minor, and the relationship between geography and current global issues.

“Here in the U.S., there’s a lot of geographic illiteracy. People don’t have a good understanding of where things are and how they interrelate,” Walters said.

Wauldron agreed. “How are we supposed to be the leaders of the global economy when we don’t know where anything is on the globe?”