Mission and Outcomes

Geography, Urban, Environment & Sustainability Studies


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The mission of the Department of Geography is the preparation of future professional geographers and academics, as well as the generation of locally, regionally and nationally relevant geographical and interdisciplinary spatial research.  The department strives to provide high-quality teaching, ambitious research, and dedicated service.  In order to assist students with professional training in our discipline, the department offers both a major and a minor in Geography, Environmental Studies, and Urban and Regional Studies.  As an academic field built on the integration of interdisciplinary thought, the geography department also makes significant contributions to liberal arts education.  In particular our program provides a vital international perspective on many cultural, environmental, political and social issues of the day, and trains students in the reflective evaluation of globalization processes.