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Department of Geography

Housed in the Columbian College of Arts & Sciences, the Department of Geography is home to thirteen faculty who are committed to excellence in teaching, scholarship, research, and the incorporation of innovative methods of geographic analysis and communication. The Department offers B.A. degrees in Geography and Environmental Science, a M.S. in Geography, and a graduate certificate in GIS.

The Department has research expertise in four areas: human migration and mobility, sustainable development and environmental change, urban environments and applied geospatial techniques. GW Geography faculty are highly research active and have an excellent record of collaborative, interdisciplinary research. Since 2010 geography faculty have been awarded $5.7 Mil in external grants.  GW Geography has also been a pioneer in teaching Open Source software, is a founding member of Youthmappers and established the student-led GW Humanitarian Mapping Society, which seeks to render aid and better the world through humanitarian GIS projects. In 2017, the AAG awarded Geography an Honorable Mention as a Department of Excellence.

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.

The Department of Geography SPEAKER SERIES
Each semester the Department hosts a number of different speakers on a variety of topics relating to the field of Geography.  All are welcome to attend these exciting and intriguing talks.  Talks will be hosted at Gelman Library (2130 H Street NW) @ 4:00pm. Please check RSVP page or  announcement e-mail for exact location.

Spring 2018 
Jan 26  Dr. Lily House-Peters | California State, Long Beach | Desert Forests and Riparian Flows: Shifting Topographies of Water Security in the US-Mexico Borderlands
Feb 9  Dr. Ryan Orgera | LSU
March 2  Annual Dorn C McGrath Jr. Lecture | Eugenie Birch | University of Pennsylvania
March 23 **CANCELLED** Dr. Jonathan Leib | Old Dominion University | Confederate Monuments **CANCELLED**

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.

 The Office of Sustainability has certified that the Department of Geography has met the requirements for Green Office Certification at the George Washington University and pledges to promote sustainable office behavior and practices. 

Geography News & Resources



FALL 2018 Spatial Analysis Lab Calendar

Geography alumna Kaitlin Yarnal thrives at National Geographic

Research Prof. Tim Heleniak published a new article on Migration in Iceland titled Once Homogenous, Tiny Iceland Opens Its Doors to Immigrants

Dr. Marie Price, HMS GW and other GW Students and Alum highlighted in International Women's Day Mapping Event!

Geography Faculty and Students work in arctic featured by Columbian College: Into the Arctic.

GW Professors Nuala Cowan and Joe Dymond and Richard Hinton, GWU Spatial Analysis Lab Manager and Instructor, visit YouthMappers Leadership Workshop in Kathmandu, Nepal in Summer 2017.

Graduate students Andrii Berdnyk, MS ’17, and Sudie Brown, MS ’17, and Professors Nuala Cowan and Marie Price teamed up with the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) to bring digital mapping tools to vulnerable communities in Guatemala. Their work was featured in a YouthMappers blog in April 2017.