Geography is the science of place, space, and environment
Each place on earth is distinguished by a unique mix of natural resources, cultural practices, and economic and political systems. Geographers study what makes each place unique, and the connections and interactions between places.
With its highly ranked graduate and undergraduate programs, Clark University is one of the best places in the world to study Geography. As an undergraduate or graduate student, you will have an opportunity to work with nationally and internationally known faculty to examine why places are different, how those differences shape how we live, and how we in turn shape our environment. Learn more about why Clark is a great place to study geography.
GSG Response to Executive Order Impacting Immigration—January 27, 2017
The Graduate School of Geography at Clark University unequivocally condemns the January 27th, 2017 executive orders and associated statements denying admission to the US on the basis of national origin and religious conviction. The Graduate School of Geography at Clark owes its greatness to a continued intermixing of faculty and students born in different countries, or whose forebears were born outside the United States and came to the country seeking refuge and opportunity. Our very DNA as an institution of excellence cannot, therefore, do anything other than lead us to view these orders as a tremendous error that will in no way strengthen our institutions or society. The orders embody prejudice, heartlessness, religious and racial discrimination, and a clear misreading of the modern history of violence on US soil. We deem the orders un-American and antithetical to everything for which the institution of the University and the discipline of Geography stand. It is not simply that we stand in solidarity with all those affected by this order, including current and former students; it is that we are an academic institution whose success, identity and principles are based on immigration, internationalism and learning across our many differences. The Graduate School of Geography calls on President Trump to reconsider these ignoble orders immediately.
Earth System Science in the Graduate School of Geography at Clark University
Want to know more about Earth System Science at Clark University? Watch this short film to hear faculty and students discuss why studying Earth System Science at Clark provides opportunities to conduct research that positively impacts both the field and the world. The Graduate School of Geography typically has enrollments of over 50 Ph.D., 60 M.S., and 120 B.A. students; has awarded more doctoral degrees than any other Geography program in the country; and is consistently rated by the US National Research Council as a top 10 Geography program.
Geographic Information Science in the Graduate School of Geography at Clark University
Want to know more about Geographic Information Science at Clark University? Watch this short film to hear faculty and students discuss why studying Geographic Information Science at Clark provides opportunities to conduct research that positively impacts both the field and the world. The Graduate School of Geography typically has enrollments of over 50 Ph.D., 60 M.S., and 120 B.A. students; has awarded more doctoral degrees than any other Geography program in the country; and is consistently rated by the US National Research Council as a top 10 Geography program.
NRC ranked top 10
Clark's Graduate School of Geography was ranked first in one overall
category in the revised NRC rankings and placed in the top-10
for the other three overall categories, thus confirming Clark's
position as one of the nation's top geography programs.
Latest Departmental News
Susan Hanson, Distinguished University Professor Emerita of Clark University’s School of Geography, has been elected to serve on the Council of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). The governing body of the NAS, the Council is made up of the Academy’s officers and 12 elected members, two from each of the NAS’s six Classes, or broad, related areas of science. Council members from each Class are elected by the NAS membership at large. Hanson is the first geographer to be elected from Applied Biological, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, the Class to which almost all geographers belong within the Academy; this Class was created when the NAS reorganized membership structures some 15 years ago.
The National Academy of Sciences was established in 1863 at the behest of President Abraham Lincoln to provide independent advice to government. Now, much of that advice comes from studies conducted by the National Research Council (NRC), the research arm of the NAS, which was established in 1916. Geographers have long been involved in the work of the NRC and are frequently called upon to serve on NRC committees on a wide range of topics.
Director of the Graduate School of Geography, Anthony Bebbington, was awarded the 2015 AAG Distinguished Scholarship Honors for his "exceptional record of scholarly achievement and policy relevance in the fields of development studies, natural resource management, and sustainable livelihoods."
Associate Professor Karen Frey was awarded NASA grant to study the impacts of sea-ice thinning and retreat in the Pacific Arctic.
Clark Labs at Clark University is pleased to announce the release of TerrSet – an integrated constellation of software applications for monitoring and modeling the Earth system. Developed in close cooperation with leading institutions focused on sustainable development and environmental conservation, TerrSet provides groundbreaking tools for addressing major challenges to smart growth – climate change: trends, projections and adaptation; land cover conversion: trajectories and impacts; ecosystem services: present and future value.
Dr. Susan Hanson, Distinguished University Professor Emerita, former Director of the GSG, and member of the National Academy of Sciences has been awarded the Assocation of American Geographers 2015 AAG Stanley Brunn Award for Creativity in Geography for her intellectual breakthroughs in geography.
Director of the Graduate School of Geography, Anthony Bebbington, Milton P. and Alice C. Higgins Professor of Environment and Society, has received a prestigeous 2014 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship for his work: Natural resource extraction in Latin America: transforming the human-environment, challenging social science. The announcement of the Guggenheim Fellows was posted in a full page ad in the New York Times on April 10, 2014.
Clark University's Geography program has earned prestigious Sussman Foundation support for Ph.D. student researchers. The Graduate School of Geography has been selected to join a prestigious group of institutions that receive funding from the Edna Bailey Sussman Foundation for U.S.-based environmental science Ph.D. student research. Full Story
Ruth Fincher, PhD '80, Professor of Geography at the University of Melbourne was awarded Member of the Order of Australia during the 2014 Australia Days Honours for her dedication to teaching and promotion of geography. A rare honor for geographers. Read more
The Graduate School of Geography and Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies have joined together to launch a joint pilot PhD track in Geography and Genocide made possible by a generous gift. Students on the program will combine core courses in Geography and Genocide as well as electives, and will work on topics including, though not limited to: the visualization of space and place, population displacements and threats to collective identity, natural resource conflicts and loss of territory, and the geographies of mass and organized violence.
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