Each program in the GHSAA department serves the State of Illinois and the south and
southeast sides of Chicago through accessible, quality instruction employing pertinent
scholarly and technological methods; and through scholarship and practice in the interacting
arenas, of environment, economy, and community.
The GHSAA Department has an unusual niche within the University, the Chicago region,
and within its constituent disciplines, for being a place to study community issues,
especially as they touch on development, planning and environmental concerns. At the
same time, the Department is uniquely poised to view these issues in global, environmental,
cultural, and economic context. A major focus of CSU's outreach in the area of contributions
to the economic development and social welfare of the Chicago area is through the
Department's Fredrick Blum Neighborhood Assistance Center (NAC). Working with faculty and staff, the NAC provides students many opportunities to
analyze, develop solutions for, and reflect upon a variety of urban problems. The
NAC also operates the Calumet Environmental Resource Center (CERC), which is a unique information clearinghouse of environmental and economic development
resources for the Calumet region of southeast Chicago and northwest Indiana. A third
major department initiative is the CSU Geographic Information Systems (GIS) laboratory,
which serves as a major center for GIS instruction in the Chicago area and which plays
a strong part in the work of NAC/CERC, as well as in support to other scholarly efforts
The Department of Geography, Sociology, History, African American Studies, and Anthropology
(GSHAA) at Chicago State University is a multi-disciplinary academic unit which is
committed to providing a rigorous, positive, and transformative educational experience
for both undergraduate and graduate students. The department fosters an inclusive,
collegial environment which promotes scholarly achievement, research productivity,
and service to its diverse student, faculty, and staff population. GSHAA is focused
on extending the educational experience outside the walls of the university through
teacher training, the promotion of social justice, and community involvement in Chicago
and the region.
B.A.: Secondary Teaching Option in History
B.A.: African American Studies
M.A.: Geography with GIS concentration
Geographic Information Systems
Environmental Studies (with Chemistry and Biological Sciences)
Women and Gender Studies
The GHSAA Department maintains four key facilities for student use in the Williams
The GHSAA Department office is located in Williams Science Center - Room 321. It
houses the Department Chair (Dr. Arthur Redman) and Office Support Staff (Ms. Jetawn
Eckles and WorkStudy Students). Information for incoming and current majors and other
services are offered.
The department's GIS Laboratory is located in the Williams Science Center - Room 207.
The GIS Lab is equipped with 18 Internet accessible Windows Vista workstations, ready
for GIS and image processing applications, networked to a secure server. Specialized
software includes ERDAS IMAGINE for image processing and raster GIS, Multispec for
image processing, ArcGIS 10.0 for vector/raster GIS, Corel Draw for computer aided
drafting/drawing, and SPSS for social science tabulation and analysis. The lab is
also equipped with a large format plotter, color laser printer, two digitizing tablets,
and scanner. The department owns a number of Global Positioning Systems receivers
for teaching purposes (Trimble and Garmin Geko and eTrex H receivers)..
The Fredrick Blum Neighborhood Assistance Center (NAC) provides technical and research
assistance to neighborhood based, community, and economic development organizations.
Drawing heavily on the resources and skills of the department, the NAC endeavors to
involve faculty and students from across the university. The NAC applies discipline
specific skills to the solution of neighborhood problems and acts to increase the
level of service to the community by the university.
The Calumet Environmental Resource Center (CERC) is a unique research and resource
tool operated by the Fredrick Blum Neighborhood Assistance Center. CERC maintains
a collection of over 5,000 techinal reports, studies, documents, articles, aerial
photos, maps, and community-generated Freedom of Information Act reports pertaining
to numerous environmental issues in the Calumet region of Illinois and Indiana.
As a comprehensive storehouse of government documents, industry profiles, and scientific
research papers on past environmental pollution and current toxic hazards in the Calumet
region, CERC enables community groups and individuals to formulate effective strategies
for addressing local and regional environmental concerns.
Dr. Arthur Redman, Chair
321 Williams Science Center
Phone: 773 995 2186
Department of Geography, Sociology, History, African American Studies and Anthropology
Chicago State University
321 Williams Science Center
Chicago, IL 60628-1598
Phone: 773 995 2186
Fax: 773 995 2030