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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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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.

May 2015
Geography Department students Eleanor Davis and Kendra Speak and student organization, HMS GW, highlighted in GW Today article Students Digitally Map the Devastation after Nepal Earthquake. 

Prof. Nuala Cowan interviewed for National Geographic article How 'Crisis Mapping' Is Shaping Disaster Relief in Nepal.

March 2015
Announcing the Inaugural Dorn C. McGrath, Jr. Lecture in Urban Planning.  Join us in welcoming Dr. Amy Glasmeier from the Dept. of Urban Studies and Planning, MIT for her talk "Energy Policy = Urban Policy: Are We Prepared?".  Friday, April 17th, 2015 @ 6:00pm. Funger Hall, Room 108, 2201 G St, NW.

SPEAKER SERIES: The Department of Geography presents Dr. William Wyckoff, Professor of Geography at Montana State University: “Producing Public Geographies: The Creation of How to Read the American West: A Field Guide”Friday, March 20, 2015, 4:00 PM, Rm 219, Old Main (1922 F St., NW).

February 2015
Research Professor Timothy Heleniak publishes chapter on "Arctic Populations and Migration" in Arctic Human Development Report: Regional Processes and Global Linkages.