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Geography and Sustainability


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.

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The Department of Geography is now the Department of Geography and Sustainability. Our new major in Sustainability should be formally available starting later in 2018. See Degrees & Programs for details.

Job opportunity for geography students: Assistant Planner with the Linn County Planning & Building Department. Get details. Feel free to contact your advisor about these positions or other jobs available in geography and related fields.

Internships with the AAG: the Association of American Geographers is looking for interns. Go to the AAG for details. In addition to this opportunity, see your advisor or any member of the faculty regarding additional internships, study abroad programs, and field schools. These kinds of opportunities can be arranged for course credit, or used for the Capstone in geography.

Looking for a course? See our updated Class Schedule. Want to know how these courses can fit into your major in geography? See our current four-year degree plan. We also have sample four-year plan for the new Sustainability major.


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503-838-8288 | or e-mail: ryalss@wou.edu | Location: HSS 231

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