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

Understanding Rights in Transit | WNYC - FM | November 23, 2018
Kafui Attoh '06, professor of urban studies at the CUNY Graduate Center, spoke about the deep political connotations of "transit rights."

A referendum on Trump’s policies and leadership | História, Ciências, Saúde– Manguinhos | November 2018
Eric Carter, Edens Associate Professor of Geography and Global Health, was interviewed by the Brazilian journal, "História, Ciências, Saúde– Manguinhos" (History, Science, Health -- Manguinhos) for their "news" section to explain the results of the 2018 U.S. Midterm elections, especially the role of issues such as immigration and health care, and the impacts of the elections internationally.

Transactional foreign aid doesn’t work | MinnPost | November 2, 2018
This opinion was penned by Geography Professor William Moseley.


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