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Department of Geography

Study in the Arctic
Together they will travel more than 500 miles, through forests, mountains, and desolate tundra. The entire forest, growing in a shallow layer of soil, sits on ice and frozen dirt that is tens of thousands of years old.  Read More: Study in the Arctic
Examining the Arctic
Professor Michael Loranty was involved in new research that predicts a massive "greening" in the Arctic. Read more : Examining the arctic
Off-Campus Study in Geography
What better way to learn about the world, than to travel it? Check out off-campus study opportunities. Read More: Off-campus study
Myths about City Living
Professor William Meyer discusses myths in clean city living. Urban Legends
Academic Program in Geography
Our academic offerings will challenge and engage your knowledge, assumptions, skills, and desire to learn.  Read more: Academic program
Geography Faculty
Compelling instruction and field-leading research. Meet our geography faculty.
Collaborative Research
A recently published academic paper by Colgate researchers raises questions about the theories surrounding forest change. Read more: Collaborative research
Geography bridges perspectives in the social and natural sciences to study people and the environment.

About Geography

If you are interested in geography, Colgate offers the following two majors:
The department also offers a minor in geography.

By studying geography, you will be exposed to the full spectrum of disciplinary subfields ─ physical, human, and nature-society geography as well as basic and advanced geographical techniques.

We will also challenge you to explore critical areas of inquiry: the geopolitics of conflict, climate science, biogeographies of endangered species, public health, urban planning, hazard and disaster mitigation, international development, environmental and social justice, and natural resource management, among others.

In addition to deepening your knowledge of these biophysical and social phenomena, we will help you develop integrative explanatory and methodological approaches for uncovering the relationships between humans and our natural and social environments.

By exploring these themes, you will move beyond passive knowledge consumption and towards the production of knowledge. You will apply your skills and perspectives through collaborative work with faculty, fellow students, and members of the wider community.

Department Contacts

Chair: Dan Monk
Administrative assistant: Tracy Piatti (
Office: 216 Ho Science Center
Phone: 315-228-7534
Dept. Fax: 315-228-7038

Success after Colgate

Colgate alumni who majored in the geography department are pursuing careers in a variety of fields. Check out just a few of the possibilities out there for our majors:

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