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

Why it’s important to recognize multiple food systems in Africa | The Conversation | July 18, 2018
There are more than 815 million malnourished people in the world today. Almost 243 million of these are in Africa, where the problem is highest. Unfortunately, development organizations may be making food insecurity worse as they push the most advanced forms of agriculture to the detriment of other food systems. Geography professor William Moseley co-wrote this with Julia D. Morgan '18 whose honors thesis was titled, “Correcting for the Inconveniences of Cultivation: Foraging as a Food Source in Southwestern Burkina Faso.”

Dinosaurs after "Jurassic Park:" Paleontologists on what’s changed, 25 years later | Newsweek | June 17, 2018
Twenty-five years ago, on June 11, 1993, "Jurassic Park" premiered in theaters across the United States. A whole generation of paleontologists can describe just where they were when they first saw the film and just what it meant to them, including Biology and Geography professor Kristi Curry Rogers who was quoted and pictured in this article.

Is food self-sufficiency making a comeback? | African Arguments | June 15, 2018
Qatar and Burundi have been forced to innovate due to political crises. But the rest of the world could learn a lot from their experiments. Geography professor William Moseley wrote this commentary.


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