Text: Department of Geography. Geography graduates student surrounding a map in Dr. Mann's GIS class


conservationists, Explorers and scientists
Researching the relationships between people and their environment


Who We Are

Professor of Geography and an undergraduate student mapping with a laptop in Ghana


Far beyond identifying places on maps, geography asks questions about how climate change creates new trade routes and conflicts, how people migrate and create urban change and how the internet brings people closer together.

Using the latest methods in geographic analysis and communication, GW geography students learn the theoretical and applied aspects of contemporary and historical geography. And our faculty challenge students to move beyond knowledge consumption and toward the contribution of new discoveries to the field.

With a flexible, interdisciplinary academic program, undergraduate and graduate students can hone their coursework to their interests and pursue fieldwork around the globe.


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Geospatial Data Science


Human Migration & Mobility


Sustainable Development & Environmental Change


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Kaitlyn Yarnell

(Photo: Mark Thiessen/National Geographic)

Kaitlin Yarnall

MA '08
National Geographic Society

“My life is busier than I ever thought it could be, but if I had more hours in the day, I would spend them in the GW Geography Department. It still feels like home.”

Geography at a Glance

$9 million awarded to faculty in external research funding since 2011.


Graphic: 150+ publications authored by geography faculty