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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 dynamic organization 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.  


The Department of Geography at DePaul has a strong commitment to social justice and community-centered, public scholarship, and provides a rich undergraduate experience for those who are passionate about exploring our world and understanding the social and spatial processes that shape it. With curricular and faculty strengths in the areas of urban development and planning, Geographic Information Systems and geotechnologies, globalization and environmental change, the Department of Geography offers fields of study especially ideal for students whose interests span the natural sciences, humanities, and social sciences. ​​Recent graduates have joined MA or PhD programs in geography, urban planning, urban studies, natural resource management, and international relations at universities such as the University of Michigan, Syracuse University, the University of Toronto, Rutgers University, University of Illinois at Chicago, the University of Chicago, the Ohio State University, and NYU to name a few. Most of our alums, however, have taken the skills honed and the concepts learned in Geography to successful careers as planners, cartographers and GIS technicians, geospatial engineers, ​policy analysts, activists, and advisors in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. ​​​