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the Department of Geography


Geography is an integrative discipline that explores the earth as a whole system. We study the Earth’s human and physical landscapes. We focus on places and spaces to understand the interrelated elements associated with environmental, economic, political, and cultural change, and to propose solutions to problems in these areas. During the course of your studies, you will develop skills in research, geospatial methods, logical and abstract reasoning, as well as in-depth knowledge of the different regions and cultures that make up our global community.

You will have the opportunity to focus in on one of five streams:

  • Earth system science
  • Environmental governance and management
  • Geospatial science
  • Urban, regional and global political economy
  • Development, power and justice

These streams focus on human geography, physical geography or geospatial methods. As a Geography graduate you will have an excellent background in communication, research methods, analytical skills, statistics, GIS and remote sensing; preparing you for a career in natural resource industries, education or government agencies.

Urban Studies

Urban Studies is a broad interdisciplinary program designed to provide an integrated understanding of the social, political, economic, environmental and cultural processes that shape urban life, with particular attention paid to how these processes operate in space and time. Cities are sites of great cultural and ethnic diversity, economic innovation and inequality, cultural expression, resource consumption, wealth generation, and political conflict and cooperation.

Today most developed societies are predominantly urban, even as global processes increasingly shape them. The processes that shape urban life play a critical role in shaping the sustainability of societies. Indeed, it is impossible to understand sustainability issues without understanding the organization of cities. The Urban Studies program provides a strong background for students interested in working in both public and private sector fields including urban and regional planning, public policy, architecture, environmental design, economic development, city administration, social services, cultural programming, urban politics, law, and education.

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