Mona Atia and three students in Morocco standing in front of a view of hills and buildings



George Washington University's Department of Geography is dedicated to achieving excellence in research and learning through the study of relationships between the physical world and its occupation and modification by humans. Students and faculty investigate questions of sustainability and resource distribution, urbanization, mapping and migration.

Students have interned at management firms, nonprofits, national parks and environmental associations. They have presented at the American Association of Geographers and visited the United Nations as part of the GW UN 360 program. And they have participated in fieldwork projects in Argentina, Germany, Morocco and Colombia.

The Department of Geography has earned honorable mention for the American Association of Geographers Program Excellence Award in recognition of our creative application of sustainability and GIS, student job placement rates and faculty growth. We are also proud to hold a level three certification from the GW Green Office Network.

Logo: Certified Green Office, with an image of three leaves





"The small student-faculty ratio led me to receive more faculty time and interaction, helping me to hone my research skills and interests. I believe this was a major factor into my acceptance into a highly regarded PhD program after graduation."

Susan Wolfinbarger

MA ’06

Geography Abroad


A team of GW students and scientists in the Siberian tundra

A Climate Change Mission in the Arctic

A cohort of GW undergraduate and graduate students traveled to the Siberian tundra to see first hand how climate change has ravaged a polar environment and changed people’s lives. Through measuring permafrost characteristics and meeting with local officials — museum managers, city planners, geologists, architects — the students learned about the challenges of managing urban sustainability in severe climates. The expedition was led by geography professors Dmitry Streletskiy and Nikolay Shiklomanov.