Penn State College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
John A. Dutton e-Education Institute

Learn about Intelligence Analysis, Cultural Geography, and Homeland Security

What You'll Learn in GEOG 571

You’ll learn about the relationships between culture and civil security and the process of geographically analyzing social, political, economic, and demographic information to understand human history, institutions, and behaviors.

Technologies You'll Use

Participants will develop their skills of spatial analysis and written communications as they apply the geographic concepts and knowledge covered in this course.

View the Syllabus

What’s the best way to determine if this class is for you? Check out the syllabus! This page shows all materials, how you’ll be graded, and lists assignments and a timeline for the class.

Degree & Certificate Programs

This class is part of Penn State's award winning Online Geospatial Education portfolio of programs, which includes the Master of GIS degree and certificates in GIS, GEOINT, and Remote Sensing. All of these programs are taught online and designed around the needs of working professionals.

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What Our Students Say

"Dr. Van Otten makes a point to address your work on an individual level, making the effort you put in feel well worth it. I would highly recommend this course to anyone … [who] wants to gain a deeper perspective on cultural and geographical differences in today’s globalized climate."

- Chris Amzler

"Geography 571… is well-organized, interactive, and interesting. If one is interested in geography, intelligence, homeland security, or current events, I highly recommend this course."

- Vinod Dorai

"Professor Van Otten was the most consistently communicative and available professor I've had to date … . He makes himself available to answer questions, even when traveling and tending to other aspects of his life … . He was also willing to work with me when my active duty military schedule was very challenging. I can't thank him enough for helping me … . The virtual platform was easy to understand and navigate, with plenty of tech support when needed. This is a great class!"

- Simona Krsteva

"[GEOG 571’s] unique blend of geospatial analysis tools and cultural insights has been a fascinating intersection to explore. I also feel like this is a practical tool for any sort of discipline. Dr. Van Otten does a tremendous job of responding to inquiries and posts and giving you a personal touch that helps with establishing an interpersonal connection, a trait that I have found lacking in other online distance learning classes."

- Lauren Belle

Meet the Faculty

Todd Bacastow
Greg Thomas
Dr. Cristopher Livecchi
Leanne Sulewski

Online Geospatial Education Programs

This course is part of Penn State’s Online Geospatial Education portfolio of programs. For more information on our award-winning courses, certificates, and degree options, click below.