The Department of Geography offers master’s programs of study across a range of systematic, regional, and technical fields, and an innovative PhD program focused on the urban environment. The department’s strengths lie in three areas of expertise that are incorporated into the programs at both master’s and PhD levels. The areas are:

  • Urban Development: This area primarily emphasizes the role of economic systems as well as cultural and social forces that shape the landscape and dynamics of urban areas.
  • Physical Geography and Environmental Studies: This area addresses the interactions among natural forms and processes on the earth’s surface, the impact and implications of global climate change, and human connections with those natural phenomena.
  • International Interests: Department faculty members have varied international interests and experience, for example, in Africa, Canada, the Caribbean, China, Latin America, South Asia, and Western Europe.

In addition to these departmental strengths, individual faculty members apply their expertise in topics such as remote sensing, GIS, and cartography to problems of the city. Geography faculty also participate in the graduate certificate program in Geographic Information Systems, which is jointly offered by the College of Letters and Science and the School of Architecture and Urban Planning.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Woonsup Choi
Graduate Program Chair
Bolton Hall, Room 496
(414) 229-2671