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.

Curious City: In, Out, Above, Beyond Saint Paul
A Cultural Atlas of Saint Paul, Minnesota created by the Macalester College Geography Department’s Cultural Atlas Production course in Spring 2019.

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.

Our Department In the News

Local Farm Attracts International Educators | DrydenWire | June 25, 2019
As a part of Macalester College's 27th Colloquium of the IGU (International Geographical Union) Commission on the Sustainability of Rural Systems, 50 college geography professors including Geography's Holly Barcus, representing six continents, traveled to Chickadee Hills Homestead, a farm located just east of Spooner, Wis.

The map is not the territory: A brief tour of Minnesota’s paper towns | MinnPost | August 12, 2019
Geography Prof. Emeritus David Lanegran was quoted.

A Crippling Drought in Africa Shows the Importance of Climate Change Adaptation | World Politics Review | July 22, 2019
Geography Prof. William G. Moseley explains how national governments and aid groups are responding to the current drought and how the affected countries are adjusting to the new reality of extreme, climate change-induced weather patterns.


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