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About Geography

Prof. Karen Frey on an icebreaker

What is geography? And why study geography at Clark University?

What is geography? Geography is the science of place, space, and environment. Each place on earth is distinguished by a unique mix of natural resources, cultural practices, and economic and political systems. Geographers study what makes each place unique, and the connections and interactions between places.

And why study geography at Clark University? The oldest sustained program of geography in the United States, Clark University’s Graduate School of Geography fosters a culture of innovation that has made it a key site for the development of new topical fields and geographic technologies. Our faculty and students pioneered fields as diverse as human-environment, risk-hazards, critical geography, animal geographies, and feminist geography. We stand as the only program of geography to have five of its members elected to the National Academy of Sciences and four to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The School has awarded more Ph.D.s in geography than any other program in the United States.

The program’s culture of innovation drives our groundbreaking research into the evolving relationships between people and their environments. Both graduate and undergraduate students have the opportunity to collaborate with faculty and each other on substantive research projects, publications, and public presentations.

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Our Expertise

Areas of Study

The Graduate School of Geography has special strengths in four areas of study: human-environment geography, geographic information science and remote sensing, urban-economic geography, and earth system science.

Contact Information

Graduate School of Geography

Office Location
  • Jefferson Academic Center, Room 220
    950 Main Street
    Worcester, MA 01610
  • 1-508-793-7336
  • 1-508-793-8881 fax
  • geography@clarku.edu