GEOG 510: GIS for the Social Sciences and Humanities


Course Time: Tuesday and Thursday at 1:15 - 2:30 pm  [Spring 2016]

Geography is fundamental to human thinking and decision making. Developing the ability to think and act spatially not only can help make informed decisions but also advances our understanding about society, humanities, and the way we live on our planet. Geographic information system (GIS) can assist problem solving and learning through a spatial lens—maps, models and spatial analysis—and provide new ideas to examine processes in their geographic settings.

GEOG 510 introduces the fundamental concepts and technologies of geographic information systems (GIS) to both undergraduate and graduate students, with a focus on applications and case studies for the social sciences and humanities.

Topics to be covered include, but not limited to, cartography, GIS models, spatial data analysis, and their applications in history, linguistics, social media, crime analysis, political science, public administration, mass communication and journalism, the digital humanities, business analytics, and related fields.

While the syllabus is still under development, you can take a look at the following short documents for a glimpse of how GIS is used in social sciences, humanities, and businesses. 


There is no prerequisite for this course and students from non-geography majors are encouraged to enroll.

If you would like more information, please contact Dr. Guo by email (guod 'at`