Analyze the relationship of people and place to inform issues of environmental and social justice
Geography teaches you to think critically, spatially, and analytically -- all skills that employers want. Our students find positions in non-profit organizations, business, data visualization, geographic information systems, and community engagement. Want a career as unique as you are? Our students really shine when they apply their unique skillsets to novel forms of employment. Geography doesn’t just prepare you for a life of maps and apps, but for any number of exciting careers.
A geography degree can lead to a career in:
- Planning (urban, social, economic, environmental, transportation)
- Regional & economic development
- Real estate location analysis
- Geodemographics; market research analysis
- Spatial statisticians and data analysis
- Logistics and supply chain analysis
- Geographic Information Systems
- Social Services & education
- Public health
- Global & environmental justice
- Non-governmental organizations or social mobilization & community-building
Present your research to the public
The department hosts an annual undergraduate research symposium in which our students present research to a public audience. Presentations and projects vary in topic and style, and can be completed individually or as a group. Presenters receive feedback from a team of judges.
Find Yourself in Geography
Deepen your understanding of humans' relationship to the earth. Respond to environmental and social justice challenges.
Department of Geography Stories
Three graduate students who earned doctoral degrees in spring 2023 received the Graduate Medal from the College of Arts & Sciences.
Through the Bridges Center for Labor Studies, UW students work on labor-related issues as interns for local labor organizations.