College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences > Academics > Geography > Undergraduate


Imagine a world where the spatial relationships within and between people, cities, environments and economies are made clear through exciting new conceptual and technological approaches. This is the promise of geography, rediscovered over the past two decades after exciting changes in geospatial technologies (computer mapping, satellite image processing, global positioning systems) and ways of conceptualizing the spatiality these technologies reveal.

DePaul geographers share a commitment to teaching and research that makes a world of difference for the people, places, environments and processes that we study, whether our approach is scientific, materialist, humanist or realist. Geographers apply methods such as observation, visualization, analysis, and modeling to explain the spatial organization of human and physical environments.

Geographical perspectives foster skills that have broad applications in public policy, research and the private sector. The Department of Geography teaches students to reason spatially by applying geographic techniques and information technologies, including new technologies such as GIS. This helps students produce sophisticated understandings of the world, its people, environments, economic structures and cultures. 

The Bachelor of Arts in Geography consists of a six-course Geography Core and emphasis in one of four possible concentrations:

Three minors requiring a minimum of 20 hours of course work are currently offered through the department: Standard Geography, Urban Geography and Planning and Nature-Society Studies. Geography also offers two special programs; a Certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and the Cities interdisciplinary minor (jointly offered with History of Art and Architecture).  All students pursuing these programs should declare them online with LAS and contact the department to be assigned a faculty advisor.