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.

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"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 in the News 

Geography Major Aims to Map Gentrification in D.C.

Geography Researcher Aims to Map Gentrification in D.C.

Senior Gavin Derleth plans to quantify and analyze the impact of gentrification on neighborhoods and members of the local community.

Prof Dima Streletskiy

Radical warming in Siberia leaves millions on unstable ground

Geography Professor Dmitry (Dima) Streletskiy quoted in Washington Post article on climate change in Siberia.
Michael Mann sitting in front of a computer screen showing mapping software

Researchers Follow Social Distancing’s Path

Associate Professor of Geography Michael Mann is using GPS data to create a block-by-block map of the Washington, D.C., region, pinpointing social distancing behavior. Once completed, the model will be able to detect patterns by comparing real-time information to social distancing metrics.