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​Located in the Lincoln Park neighborhood on Chicago's north side, DePaul's Department of Geography was founded in 1948. Over the last seventy years, the Department has grown and developed to reflect changes in the geographic discipline, in technology, and the labor market. Today, the Department includes eight full-time faculty members and additional contingent faculty instructors, teaching a wide variety of courses within several sub-disciplinary and topical areas. The American Association of Geographers recognized the achievements of DePaul's Department of Geography with its 2016 Award for Bachelors Program Excellence.

As the largest geography department in the Chicago metropolitan region, we are positioned extremely well to be the major provider of undergraduate  Geography degrees and professional certificates. With our commitment to critical human geography and to strong specializations in Urban Geography, Geotechnologies (Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing), Cultural, and Environmental Geography, we offer high quality programs that lead to careers in government, GIS, community and international development, urban planning, environmental management, and intelligence, to name a few. 

At DePaul, Geography courses can be found in every Liberal Studies Program Learning Domain, making it an ideal program of study for students interested in double majoring, or adding a five-course minor. Many Department of Geography alumni continue their studies at the graduate level in geography, urban planning, and other natural and social sciences. Recent graduates have joined MA or PhD programs in geography, GIS, urban planning, urban studies, and international relations at universities such as Rutgers University, University of Illinois at Chicago, the University of Maryland, UCLA, University of Kentucky, Pennsylvania State University and the University of Colorado at Boulder.