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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

Commencement 2020

Due to COVID-19, this year’s ceremonies will be held virtually. This page will be updated as information becomes available.

We are truly sorry to miss the opportunity of celebrating with you and your families. Commencement is undoubtedly one of the best days of the year. Unfortunately, we are unable to have gatherings to celebrate, but we hope that you will participate in the alternative ceremonies and celebrations that the University has worked hard to provide. For those graduating, please keep an eye on your emails from the university.

The main campus ceremony will be released at 9am


Advising during UO coronavirus closure

A message from Leslie McLees, the undergraduate advisor, about the impacts of coronavirus on advising

Due to the actions listed by UO President Schill, classes will be delivered remotely through the Spring 2020 term. Advising will also be conducted remotely as the university is essentially closed. If you have some basic questions about courses and requirements that you think can be answered via email, please email and I will get back to you as soon as possible. If you would like to have a conversation with me, we can set up a time over email to use Zoom to have a