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Department of Geography

About Geography

Geographers study the world from a spatial perspective, emphasizing the importance of space, place, landscape and environment to relations and processes both within and between human and natural worlds. As an academic field, geography ranges across the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. With geography, you can pursue questions about culture, politics, society, economics and the physical environment. Geography is also an applied discipline. Studying geography is a foundation for doing practical work in mapping, cartography and Geographic Information Systems. Geography can also be preparation for other field-oriented careers and vocations, including urban and regional planning and natural resource management. Above all, studying geography provides a basis for life-long learning and a rich life, not just economically and academically, but culturally and socially.

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Requirements for the geography major, minor and minor in planning have been revised for 2016-2017. You can review the requirements from Degrees & Programs. See your advisor or one of the geography faculty for additional guidance.

Internships with the AAG: the Association of American Geographers is looking for interns. Go to the AAG for details.

Jobs for geographers: the US Census Bureau is hiring. Minimum qualifications include a degree in geography or related field or a combination of education and relevant experience. Get more information from the Association of American Geographers and at USAJOBS. This announcement is scheduled to close on August 16.

Looking for a course? See our updated Class Schedule.


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