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Department of Geography

The Department of Geography at The George Washington University is dedicated to achieving excellence in research and education through the diffusion of geographic knowledge that focuses on the relationships between the physical world and its occupation and modification by humans.

Geography is an integral part of the basic education of university students, occupying a central role in the pursuit of knowledge among complementary disciplines. Offering introductory and a wide range of advanced courses, the Geography Department faculty are committed to excellence in teaching, scholarship, research, and the incorporation of innovative methods of geographic analysis and communication.

The department believes in fostering an educational environment that introduces young scholars to the theoretical and applied aspects of contemporary and historical geography. Students in our undergraduate and graduate programs are prepared to meet the challenges of further study and professional careers in several fields.

Announcing the Dorn C McGrath, Jr. Lecture Fund.  The fund will support an annual lecture from a prominent urban planner or geographer.  The intent of this lecture fund is to honor the contributions of Professor Dorn C. McGrath, Jr. and to insure a high-level discussion about planning innovations and best practices in the United States and abroad.  To donate click here.

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Spatial Analysis Lab calendar available here.

January 2016
Congratulations to Hannah Hassani on winning  2015 Middle Atlantic Division of the Association of American Geographers' 2015 Undergraduate Paper Award for her paper, "Gendered Migration as a Suprastate Issue: Case Studies from Two Provinces in the Philippines." 

November 2015
GW Geography Team Wins MAD Geography Bowl Competition

September 2015
Graduate student Gloriana Sojo sparking community activism among Latino youth in Langley Park, MD with PhotoVoice project.

Graduate student Gloriana Sojo speaks at the International Young Leaders Assembly (IYLA), hosted by the United Nations.

August 2015

Article on the changing world of Geospatial Jobs: The New Cartographers

Editorial on the importance of Geography: The Guardian view on geography: it’s the must-have A-level.

Geography Department's former Chair, Elizabeth Chacko, is profiled by Columbian College as she becomes the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies.  Read the post, Elizabeth Chacko: The Thrill of Discovery, here.

July 2015
Geography Department Master's Student, Gloriana Sojo, has her essay, Stuck: Time is Running Out for Non-Refugee Spouses of Bhutanese Refugees, published on The Migrationist.