Geography Program Overview

 The Earth is our home: what do we make of it? Geographers approach this question both from the physical environment side (through studies of landforms, weather and climate, and vegetation) and from the human environment side (through studies of of how we adapt to, depend on, and modify our environment).Geography is a discipline that brings together a number of fields of study to probe how people interact with their environment. Students at Chicago State University who select Geography as their major field are interested in these questions and how they apply to possible careers in planning, teaching, environmental studies, public policy, geographic information systems, remote sensing, and international affairs. They develop close working relationships with the advisors, faculty, and chairperson of the Department, who are always ready for advice on course selection and career planning.

The Geography program offers a Master of Arts degree in Geography, a Master ofArts Degree in Geography with GIS Concentration, a Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems,  and a graduate Certificate in  Community Development. The geography/GIS programs also provide very valuable service to the University by offering General Education courses that undergraduate students need to take to meet General Education requirements.

Students graduating from Geography programs may prepare for careers in diverse geographical fields including economic, recreational, and urban geography; geographic information systems; remote sensing; cartography; climatology; government service; international affairs; industry; planning agencies; ecology and resource management; publishing companies; real estate; transportation corporations; neighborhood and community development; and tourism and travel agencies.  The GIS and Community Development certificates and the Master of Art in Geography with Geographic Information Systems Concentration specifically prepare students for employment in these fields.  Master of Arts graduates may also pursue a Ph.D. in Geography, Geographic Information Science, and Remote Sensing at Ph.D. granting institutions.
For more information concerning undergraduate and graduate programs in Geography, please contact one of the following individuals:



Dr. Gebeyehu Mulugeta, GSHAA Chairperson
Office: SCI-321A
Phone: (773) 995-2362



Dr. Daniel Block, Graduate Advisor
Office: SCI-254
Phone: (773) 995-2310 

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