Ohio University

About Geography

Geography is the study of the Earth's landscapes, peoples, places and environments. It is, quite simply, about the world in which we live.

Each semester, the Geography Department offers dozens of courses on critical topics such as environmental sustainability, equity and social justice, climate change, globalization, and gender and development.

As a medium-sized department, Geography is able to offer the benefits of a larger program while retaining a communal atmosphere.

Students interact closely with their faculty adviser, and a strong sense of community is fostered through our student organizations.

Departmental activities throughout the year bring together Geography faculty, graduate students, and majors.

Geographers are interested in the spatial patterns observed on Earth. Bridging the natural and social sciences, Geography is the interdisciplinary study of environments, and how people interact with the environment. As such, Geography is an integral part of a university education, and the Geography Department at Ohio University offers a wide range of both introductory and advanced courses.

Geography faculty are productive scholars and excellent teachers committed to their students. Teaching and research interests include environment and society, globalization and development, landforms, ecological and atmospheric systems, and geospatial techniques such as GIS and remote sensing.

The department offers a number of undergraduate major tracks, minors, and certificate programs, as well as the opportunity to join several student groups. Master's students benefit from attentive advising and mentorship. Graduates are prepared to meet the challenges of a professional career or the pursuit of an advanced degree.

Geography Student Learning Outcomes

Student learning assessment at the program level is intended to promote and maintain program excellence and improve student learning. Each department in the College of Arts & Sciences has developed a set of learning outcomes for their programs and engages in faculty-led assessment activities to help inform curricular and program review and development. Student learning is assessed in different ways across A&S departments, informed by disciplinary standards and the specific learning outcomes of the program.