The cartography curriculum at UW-Madison dates to 1937 and was expanded rapidly after Arthur Robinson joined the UW Geography faculty following the end of World War II. Today, the cartography curriculum sits within a campus-wide array of courses covering geospatial data, GIS, remote sensing, and spatial statistics. Five of these courses are fully or partially dedicated to cartography instruction.
In a recent refresh of the curriculum, we realigned the courses based on two distinctions defining contemporary cartography. The first axis captures the traditional distinction between mapmaking and map use while the second axis captures an emerging distinction between representation and interaction that is increasingly fundamental to cartography and related fields. The refreshed curriculum captures topics ranging from the basics of reference and thematic map design to interactive, web, and mobile map design and visual ethics and critique.
Interested in maps, geography, or design? We’d love to have you in our cartography classes! Each course balances concept with skills, promoting design thinking with industry-standard technology. Take a look at the topics and technologies covered in each class, and pay particular attention to the beautiful array of final projects from prior offerings.
Find this semester's course offerings at the online Course Guide
The cartography curriculum supports six different degree programs offered through UW Geography. Both introductory and advanced courses also regularly gains interest from students studying anthropology, art, computer science, design, journalism, and political science.
We use Twitter in the classroom to support asynchronous discussion and focus on timely, real-world examples. Follow along with our courses on the #uwcart hashtag!