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

Muddying the waters: A political ecology of mosquito-borne disease in coastal Ecuador | ScienceDirect | May 10, 2019
Edens Professor of Geography and Global Health Eric Carter and Miranda Harris '18 published this article from a collaborative research project based on field work re attitudes towards mosquito-borne disease that Harris conducted in Ecuador.

St. Paul's Historic Hill: Salvaging a Gilded Past | tpt | June 2, 2019
One of the oldest neighborhoods in the Twin Cities is the focus of this documentary that explores its birth, growth, decline and reclamation over the course of more than 150 years. Those interviewed included: Geography Professors Emeriti David Lanegran and George Latimer, and Paul Maccabee '77, crime historian.

Empty storefronts fuel concern about future of St. Paul's Grand Avenue | Star Tribune | May 20, 2019
“People love Grand Avenue, so they’re constantly worried about its health,” said Macalester Geography Professor Emeritus David Lanegran.


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