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.

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

2015 – Presidents’ 2015 Civic Engagement Steward Award

Our Department In the News

What Makes a City Green? | Green Building Advisor | April 9, 2018
Geography professor Dan Trudeau is referenced in this article.

On becoming a farmer: How it's changing my world | Stone Pier Press | April 5, 2018
Swallowtail Farm is in Florida, and it’s where Emily Sylvestre’16 has spent two seasons learning what it means to be a farmer. She wrote this article.

Mapping child growth failure in Africa between 2000 and 2015 | Nature | February 28, 2018
Anouska Millear '15 majored in Geography and co-authored this article.


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