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

St. Paul’s Landmark Center celebrates 40 years since restoration | Pioneer Press | September 28, 2018
Forty years ago this month, the Old Federal Courts Building reopened as St. Paul’s Landmark Center after significant community effort for its preservation. To mark the occasion, an anniversary event at the iconic 1902 building featured the re-creation of a historic photograph from the 1978 ribbon-cutting ceremony. Macalester was well represented: Professor Emeriti in Geography David Lanegran '63 and George Latimer, as well as family and representatives of former Vice President Walter Mondale '50 were present at the anniversary.

Trump Is Giving Protectionism a Bad Name | Dollars & Sense | September 12, 2018
Tariffs and subsidies to support infant industries can be key for economic development in the Global South. This opinion was penned by Geography professor William Moseley.

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.


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