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Geography (Minor)

Geography (Minor)


The Geography Minor Program offers students the opportunity to take a series of related courses that focus on place and use spatial perspective. Geography intersects many other disciplines, bridging the physical sciences with fields such as climatology and geomorphology, the humanities with fields such as anthropology, history, and East Asian studies, and the social sciences with fields such as sociology and political science. It also contributes to other programs such as education, tourism, allied health, business administration, resource management, city and regional planning, and economics. The Geography Minor is designed to achieve the following student learning outcomes:

  1. Students will demonstrate knowledge and competence with a core set of geographic concepts, and specific knowledge relating to the geography of Guam, Micronesia and the Pacific Basin.
  2. Students will develop a spatial perspective demonstrated by competence in using maps in communicating and analyzing spatial phenomena, and applying geographic methods such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in laboratory and field situations.
  3. Students will gain an appreciation for nature or landscape and informed insights regarding the quality of a place, demonstrated by their abilities to ask better questions about places, gain deeper understanding of how we are connected to each other and our surroundings, and develop a richer affective/aesthetic appreciation of the world.
  4. Students will demonstrate the abilities to incorporate a spatial perspective into their lives and careers and synthesize a wide variety of data from related disciplines on a range of topics.


Geography Minor Requirements (Total 22 Credit Hours)

Required Courses (13 credit hours): GE101, GE201, GE203, GE401. 

Elective Courses: 9 upper division credits selected from any of the upper division Geography courses or from NS330 & NS330L, NS355 & NS355L, and NS/AG 380.


Faculty Advisors

University of Guam

Assistant Professor, Geography
Pacific Islands Climate Science Coordinator, Center for Island Sustainability

Office Location: HSS Bldg., 2nd Flr., Rm. 220C
Mailing Address: UOG Station, Mangilao, Guam 96923
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Dr. Amy Owen

Associate Professor, Geography

Office Location: HSS Bldg., 2nd Flr., Rm. 209
Mailing Address: UOG Station, Mangilao, Guam 96923
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Degrees Earned: 

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Geography (2003)
  • Master of Science in Ecosystems Biology (1991)
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology (1988)


  • Culture change patterns in young adults
  • Improving teaching course delivery
  • Building ecologically resilient lifestyle and economy.


  • World Regional Geography
  • Special Topics in Geography (i.e. Earth's Future)
  • Economic Geography  

Select Publications: 

  • Owen, A. (2012) Causes and Trends in Culture Change Today:  CHamoru and Filipino Societies on the Island of Guam.  In Psychology of Culture, eds. G. R. Hayes and M. H. Bryant, Nova Science Publishers.  ISBN: 978-1-62257-274-8.
  • Owen, A. (2011) Culture Change Dynamics in the Mariana Islands.  Pacific Asia Inquiry, Vol. 2:165-194.
  • Owen, A. (2010) Guam Culture, Immigration and the US Military Buildup.  Asia Pacific Viewpoint Vol. 51(3):304-318.
  • Owen, A., Jankowski, P., Williams, B. & Wulfhorst, J.D.  (2008) Improving public participation in resource protection: case studies in north-central Idaho.  Journal of Environmental Planning and Policy, Vol. 10(3):255-269.
  • Owen, A., Jankowski, P. & Williams. B. (2006). A Social cybernetics approach to community use of spatial data for resource protection: field study on a north-central Idaho Indian Reservation.  Journal of Environmental Assessment Policy and Management, Vol. 8(4): 431-450.


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