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Geography isn’t just about knowing your way around a map. 

It’s about knowing your way around our ever-changing world. 

The Department of Geography at the University of Oregon is one of the top ten geography programs in the country. We feature faculty and students researching and teaching about the cutting edge of important societal issues, such as racism, climate change, water resources, economic development, land use, conflict, migration, spatial data science, cartography, and more. We offer two major programs of study, Geography and Spatial Data Science and Technology and a minor in Geography.

The Department of Geography knows that a safe environment free of hate, violence, and discrimination is the right of every student and essential for learning to happen. Along with the rest of campus, our department recognizes and values our responsibility to protect our environment from hate and discrimination in any form. Resources are available to anyone on campus experiencing or witnessing hate or discrimination at respect.uoregon.edu/


Geography hosts its first Summer Academy to Inspire Learning (SAIL)

The SAIL Program offers a fantastic experience for local-area high school students from under-represented backgrounds to come to campus and participate in a week-long programs that are fun interactive, and engaging. This year Geography will host its first SAIL program July 23rd – 28th, which will include activities that ask students to reflect on how we understand places, a mapathon, a GPS scavenger hunt, an urban geography scavenger hunt, lessons on using online platforms to make maps, a field trip to the Willamette River to study fluvial processes, and more!

27 students have chosen to

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Geography’s first SAIL program is a success!

In the last week of July, Geography hosted its first Summer Academy to Inspire Learning (SAIL) program. The SAIL program serves middle and high school students from the southern Willamette Valley who come from under-represented backgrounds such as lower-income and/or first generation students. The program encourages students to enroll and succeed in college by exposing them to fun and innovative programming through different units on campus.

Our Undergraduate Coordinator, Leslie McLees, organized a week-long series of interactive activities for students entering their junior and senior years

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