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Geography. There’s a map for that.

Geography at Carolina brings a unique perspective to the study of some of our world’s most pressing issues. Geographers bring together physical science, social science, and the humanities to study patterns and processes across the earth’s surface. From analyzing regional dynamics of climate change to investigating new global structures of work and labor, Carolina faculty and students conduct cutting-edge research at one of the top geography departments in the country.

Explore our programs, see where our alumni are now, and find out how geography can help you get where you’re going.

 

Careers

 

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James Ellsmoor

BA, Class of ’16

Founder, Island Innovation

“UNC Geography was my entry point into understanding the world and trying to make it a greener place. Now I am using these skills to implement sustainable development projects in island communities around the world.”

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Tony Liu

BA, Class of ’17

Producer, On Being Studios

“The Geography Department at UNC fostered my curiosity while imparting in me the intellectual toolkit I still use in my career as a podcast producer. The faculty supported me each step of the way in both my academic and career journeys, and I think of them often when reflecting about my time as an undergraduate.”

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Cameron Taylor

BA, Class of ’10

Malaria Technical Coordinator, The Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) Program

“The UNC geography department exposed me to undergraduate research experiences and opportunities that laid the foundation for my career. I started working with malaria data during the summer of my junior year (2009) in Malawi and ten years later I am still doing it today.”

What can I do with a Geography degree?

 

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All Are Welcome

The Geography Department at UNC Chapel Hill is committed to promoting diversity and a climate of inclusiveness in our student body, faculty, and staff. We have a particular focus on historically underrepresented groups, but also are attentive to the broader questions of diversity that include attention to economic status, gender, sexuality and ability.

Read our full faculty statement on diversity and our diversity committee’s mission statement. See also our June 2020 statement on anti-racism, our December 2018 and November 2019 statements on the confederate monument known as Silent Sam, and our March 2021 statement regarding violence against Asian and Asian-Americans across the U.S.

 

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News

Graduate Students Deanna Carter-Corin and Montana Eck Publish Article in Carolina Mountain Life Magazine with Duke Bass Connections Team

Article Titled: Mountain Living and the Importance of Local Information Outlets for Severe Weather. This article was the culmination of a Duke Bass Connections research project that aimed to investigate how people living in the mountains of western North Carolina … Continued

Ph.D. student Kriddie Whitmore publishes paper in Ecosphere

Graduate student Kriddie Whitmore published a paper in the journal Ecosphere, examining the effects of geomorphology on aquatic carbon transformation in the Ecuadorian Andes. Her study provides the first estimates of gas transfer velocity in a high-elevation tropical catchment across … Continued

Javier got an IAH Fellowship!

Javier Arce-Nazario has been selected for an Institute for the Arts and Humanities Faculty Fellowship for the Fall to advance his work on cartography and visualization of the Global South.

#AsiaNow Speaks with Christian C. Lentz

In an interview on the #AsiaNow blog, Prof. Lentz discusses his prize-winning book “Contested Territory” and the research that went into its writing.