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About the Department of Geography and Urban Studies

The Department of Geography and Urban Studies focuses on the four themes of globalization, sustainability, social justice, and geographic methods, combining social science skills with technical training. Our graduates get competitive and meaningful jobs in non-profit, government, and business sectors.


Programs of Study

Master’s and Certificate in GIS

We are now accepting applications for the Professional Science Master’s in Geographic Information Systems.

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Learn more about how our students seek to make a difference in the world.


Major and Minor in Environmental Studies

Major and Minor in Geography and Urban Studies

Graduate and Undergraduate Certificates in GIS

Department of Geography and Urban Studies Research

The four research themes associated with the department include:

gusSustainability

Focus on local quality-of-life and justice issues

gusSocial Justice

Focus on the intersection of place and inequality.

gusGeographic Methods

Focus on new methods in geographical analysis.

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Focus on the processes that constitute globalization.

Department News and Events

Dr. Pearsall presents in Barcelona

Dr. Hamil Pearsall presents in Barcelona: Green Inequalities: An Inquiry into Urban Environmental Gentrification

On February 17th, Geography and Urban Studies faculty Dr. Hamil Pearsall recently participated in Green Inequalities: An Inquiry into Urban Environmental Gentrification, an event hosted by the Barcelona Laboratory for Urban Environmental Justice and Sustainability, along with several other well-known gentrification scholars.  She participated on a panel on “Measuring Gentrification” with more than 150 people…
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Ritwika

Ritwika Biswas Awarded two Student Travel Awards

Geography and Urban Studies PhD student Ritwika Biswas has received two travel awards from the American Association of Geographers’. She was awarded the Asian Geography Specialty Group’s South Asia Student Travel Award 2017 as well as a Urban Geography Specialty Group travel award. These awards recognize her dedication to research on South Asia and engagement…
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