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Geography and GIS

Geography and GIS
Geography students viewing map in Richardson Library

DePaul's nationally-recognized Department of Geography and GIS is Chicago's premier program in geography and geotechnology. Our mission is to prepare students for a broad range of academic, public, and private sector careers that build on geographic/spatial analysis and technologies: From nonprofit organizations and NGOs to state, local, and federal government agencies, from urban planning to environmental management and public diplomacy, and from marketing to real estate development, geographers provide critical analytical and visualization know-how that support decision-making.                        ​​

Geography: A Closer Look​     

Are you passionate about environmental and social justice? Are you curious about what sustainability looks like or how it can be achieved in different places? Do you find the organization, structure, and social fabric of cities fascinating? Are you interested in globalization and the environmental, social, economic, political, or cultural patterns it produces? Do questions of why things happen where they do interest you? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then Geography may be a great fit for you. 

All human activity takes place on a geographic stage of great diversity and constant transformation. Geography is an interdisciplinary field of study that seeks to understand humans’ relationships with the built, biophysical, and social environment. It is an historic, rich, and vibrant discipline that provides important insights into the spatial transformations associated with some of the world's most urgent challenges, including globalization, environmental change, economic inequality, migration, health, development, gender inequality, and many other contemporary processes. Geography thus offers a unique lens through which to illuminate and interpret the intertwined places, societies, and ecologies that comprise our diverse world.  ​


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