For Prospective Students

Thank you for your interest in Geography at UMW

The geography department at the University of Mary Washington offers a wide range of courses for both majors and non-majors. These are organized into three areas of emphasis:

  • Community, Development, and Culture: How do people living in specific places and regions experience and affect social, cultural, economic, and environmental processes?  This includes courses in planning and urban geography, local development, race and place, human-environment relationships, and regional geographies.
  • Globalization:  How do geographies of globalization affect their political, cultural, and economic dimensions.  This includes courses in geopolitics, economic and cultural globalization, international development, migration, and regional geographies.
  • Nature and Society:  How do physical and social processes shape the natural environment and affect human life?  This includes courses in landforms, climatology, human-environment relationships and regional geographies.

Students in GEOG 111 Landform Processes measure stream flow on campus.


UMW Geography Programs

The Geography department is proud to honor a vast array of programs for students who wish to learn about many different aspects of the field. These include:

A complete list of courses can be found in the UMW course catalog.

The University of Mary Washington

The University of Mary Washington was founded in 1908. Located in Fredericksburg (VA), it is just an hour away from Northern Virginia, Washington D.C., and Richmond. The University offers a liberal arts curriculum, Division III NCAA athletics, and over 150 student clubs. UMW offers a great combination of high quality academics, out of class events and clubs, and a great location. UMW has been ranked in 2016/2017:

  • Fiske Guide to College, 2017: “Best Buy School” (One of only two colleges in Virginia and D.C.)
  • US News & World Report 2-17: “America’s Best Colleges,” sixth in the “Top Public regional Universities-South” category
  • Forbes, 2016: “America’s Top Colleges,” 275th of 660 undergraduate institutions
  • The Princeton Review, 2017: “The Best 381 Colleges”
  • Money Magazine, 2016: 252nd among 705 schools listed as Best Colleges

Some other pages that may be helpful to interested students are: