Multidisciplinary cooperation in gis education: A case study of us colleges and universities

Mizuki Kawabata, Rajesh Bahadur Thapa, Takashi Oguchi, Ming Hsiang Tsou

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This paper examines the degree of multidisplinary cooperation for Geographic Information Science (GIS) education programs that award GIS-related degrees or certificates at US colleges and universities. We classified departments and courses into ten major disciplines using Dewey Decimal Classification. In the 2007-2008 academic year, approximately 40 per cent of GIS education programs related to multiple disciplines and nearly 20 per cent were involved with more than three disciplines. Geography was the major provider of GIS education programs, but the ratio between geography-related discipline and other disciplines combined was approximately 1:3. Fostering multidisciplinary GIS education programs should strengthen geography in general as well as GIS education.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)493-509
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Geography in Higher Education
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Nov
Externally publishedYes


  • Computer science
  • Geography
  • Gis education programs
  • Multidisciplinary cooperation
  • Us colleges and universities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Education


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