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Geoffrey J. Martin

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780195336023

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195336023.001.0001

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Toward the Emergence of Geography in the Universities

Toward the Emergence of Geography in the Universities

(p.122) 3 Toward the Emergence of Geography in the Universities
American Geography and Geographers

Geoffrey Martin

Oxford University Press

Geography was offered intermittently in the curricula of the early colleges. In the 1880s, a second cycle began with W. M. Davis at Harvard University. There followed Yale University, University of California-Berkeley, Cornell University, Teachers College Columbia University, University of Chicago, University of Pennsylvania, Clark University, University of Michigan, Ohio State University, Johns Hopkins University, University of Minnesota, University of Nebraska, and University of Wisconsin. These fourteen departments were occasionally binomial, as “geology-geography,” but by 1928 most had achieved departmental status as “geography” departments (the exception had such status for a brief time within the period). Geographers who staffed these departments were stalwarts who designed courses, frequently wrote books that would function as text or disciplinal contributions, developed the concept of seminar, won campus-wide attention with their participation with the allies in World War I, and with current research advanced the literature of the emerging discipline.

Keywords:   departments, discipline, societies, Cordoba, meteorology

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