One of the social and behavioral sciences disciplines in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, GW’s geography program investigates how people in different places interact with the environment and how the environment influences their lives. Geography majors understand society and environmental dynamics, the significance of scale, the uneven distribution of resources and levels of development and the uses of geospatial techniques, including GIS and remote sensing. Faculty members are committed to excellence in teaching, scholarship and the application of geographic analysis through research opportunities, field courses and internships.

Related Majors, Minors, and Concentrations

In addition to a Bachelor of Arts in geography, students can minor in geography or geographic information systems or earn a B.A. in environmental studies.

What can I expect to learn in the Geography program at GW?

After taking introductory human and physical geography courses, students select from offerings in human geography, physical/environmental geography, techniques and regional courses. All seniors take a capstone course in which they complete a group field project and develop a portfolio.

What is the Geography community like at GW?

The Department of Geography ensures that all geography majors work with faculty on a senior capstone project. Many upper division classes are small and provide students a chance to collaborate with faculty in their areas of interests. Students are also encouraged to take advantage of internships, including a special program with the National Geographic Society.

What can I do in the Geography field?

Geographers are found in a wide variety of professions such as location expert, market researcher, transportation planner, environmental manager, forestry technician, park ranger, educator, GIS specialist, remote sensing analyst, cartographer, urban planner, map librarian, weather forecaster, outdoor guide and health services planner.