What is Geography and Why Study It?

Geography is a unique discipline in that it rests on all three pillars of intellectual life: physical sciences, social sciences and humanities.

Consequently, it offers students opportunities to understand and explore different dimensions of the world in which we live and offers a synthetic approach to understanding landscapes, people, places and environments.

Geography asks questions about how environmental, social, political and cultural processes shape how the world functions (and often fails to function!).

In particular, Geography is concerned with the spatial variations of human and physical phenomena, the processes that produce these variations and the interrelationships between people and their environments.

As global economic, political and environmental processes change, so do the places we live and our relationship to both immediate and distant environments.

Geography and geographic thinking is increasingly important as we face the challenges of the 21 st century.