Welcome to the Geography Department

Macalester’s nationally and internationally recognized Geography Department, founded in 1947 by Hildegard Binder Johnson, is unusually broad in scope for an undergraduate liberal arts college. The department leads students through an exploration of urban and regional planning, environmental geography, cartography, geographic information science and socioeconomic development in various regions of the world. Students may major or minor in geography. Students may also take a specialized minor focused on Geographic Information Systems or major in geography with an additional concentration in Urban Studies.

The Geography Department looks forward to hosting Sustaining Rural Systems: Rural Vitality in an Era of Globalization and Economic Nationalism, the 27th Annual Colloquium of the IGU-CSRS. The conference and field study will be held in July 2019.

Congratulations to the 2017-2018 Crystal Globe Award for Distinguished Service to the Macalester Geography Department —  Greta Alquist ’07 and Fay Simer ’06

2018 – The Association of American Geographers
Honorable Mention for Bachelors Program of Excellence
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Our Department In the News

The ethics of computer science: this researcher has a controversial proposal | Nature | July 26, 2018
Nature spoke to Brent Hecht '05, who said peer reviewers must ensure that researchers consider negative societal consequences of their work.

Seeing Homelessness Differently | Univ. of Minn. News | May 4, 2018
When thinking about homeless people, the first image that comes to many people’s minds is someone on the street with ragged clothing, a shopping cart, and a cardboard sign. However, this perception of the homeless is inaccurate. “Images tend to show people as individual subjects who need some sort of help,” says Eric Goldfischer '13, a geography PhD candidate at the University of Minnesota. “People have [this] perception, because that’s who’s most visible.”

Why it’s important to recognize multiple food systems in Africa | The Conversation | July 18, 2018
There are more than 815 million malnourished people in the world today. Almost 243 million of these are in Africa, where the problem is highest. Unfortunately, development organizations may be making food insecurity worse as they push the most advanced forms of agriculture to the detriment of other food systems. Geography professor William Moseley co-wrote this with Julia D. Morgan '18 whose honors thesis was titled, “Correcting for the Inconveniences of Cultivation: Foraging as a Food Source in Southwestern Burkina Faso.”


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