Geography of the United States

Geography of the United States (lecture) - Summer 2021

What is geography of the United States?

Geography of the United States explores processes that shape America, with an emphasis on the human experience. These processes can be used to define regions within the United States where certain processes are more or less prevalent. The prevalence of these processes is the basis for (many of the) regional geographies of America.

What about course materials?

I have chosen to offer students the opportunity to learn more about geography of the United States by focusing on content in Our Patchwork Nation: The Surprising Truth About the "Real" America (2011). This book defines America as a collection of unique regions, each driven by a variety of processes unique to that region. I will use this book as a means to guide students in their exploration and understanding of geography of the United States.

Where is your course's syllabus?

My syllabus for Geography of the United States (GEOG 3773-995) situated in the Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability at The University of Oklahoma will be made available by June 14, 2021 (i.e. my course's first day of class): here[1] and via Canvas[2]. In the meantime, if you have any questions about my course (e.g. accommodations, assignments, attendance, course materials, enrollment, grading, etc) just let me know by contacting me via phone or email: here.


Chinni, Dante, and James Gimpel. Our Patchwork Nation: The Surprising Truth About the "Real" America. Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated, 2011.

  1. In recognition of the (new) Juneteenth National Independence Day observance, my original syllabus from June 14 has been updated. A copy of my original syllabus can be found: here and via Canvas.
  2. The University of Oklahoma (OU) uses the Canvas learning management system for courses. Every course that I teach at OU will feature a related Canvas course site in addition to what I make available on my website. Information about Canvas as it relates to specific coursework that I teach at OU will be conveyed to enrolled students in a syllabus during that course's first day of instruction. More information about OU's Canvas here: