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The Department of Geography seeks to create and maintain a challenging and intellectually vital learning community that engages students and faculty in continuing discourse, with focus on active, informed, productive, and creative, open-minded, and ethically responsible professional training and citizenship in a complex, multicultural world in which change and spatial variation are natural phenomena.

The mission of the Department of Geography is to provide students with an overview of the discipline, specific skills that will help them in their future careers, and knowledge that will help them organize and maintain an effective philosophy of life that reflects an understanding of their natural and cultural surroundings