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Geographers explore our world. We do this by synthesizing our knowledge of the natural environment with an understanding of how people create the places in which we live. Geography includes the study of natural hazards, urban environments, sustainable development, and the political, cultural, and economic geographies of globalization.

To gather and analyze information on such topics, geographers use geographic information systems (GIS), satellite imagery, field measurement and observation, and in-depth interviewing techniques.

The knowledge and skills gained by majoring in geography position graduates for careers as geospatial analysts, planners, researchers, and teachers. Mary Washington alumni with degrees in geography work for federal agencies, local and state governments, industry leaders in geospatial technologies, and service organizations. In addition, many alumni have excelled in graduate programs.