‌Geography is concerned with the spatial or locational dimensions of environmental phenomena and organizational patterns of human activity on the earth's surface. In practice, geography deals with the analysis of topics ranging from environmental problems, political boundary disputes, and ethnic conflict to applied and more localized issues such as establishing new voting districts to provide better representation for ethnic minorities, determining where the next freeway link should be built, assessing the location of oil pipelines, or various matters regarding urban planning and governance.

Traditionally, geographers have regional expertise combining topical and geographic fields of knowledge: for example, population issues in the Caribbean, sustainable development in the Amazon Basin, economic and political integration in Europe, territorial conflict in the Middle East, or the growth of megacities in South Asia.

‌Geographers are prepared for positions in teaching, government, private business, urban and regional planning, geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing (RS), resource management, and environmental analysis. The University of Miami's Department of Geography and Regional Studies offers a wide range of specializations that relate to the social and natural sciences. Processes of globalization and environmental change have increased the importance of the geographical analysis of human society and nature-society interactions particularly the linkages between global processes and local outcomes as well as the growing interconnections of places across the globe.

We offer specializations in areas such as:

  • Global urban geography
  • Land-use and land-cover analysis
  • Applied climatology
  • International and regional development
  • Environmental change

In addition, there is a range of courses on world regions such as Europe, the Middle East, Middle America, South America, etc. Finally, the department offers a set of courses that provide training in the skills that are required to enter the present-day labor market:

  • Geographic information systems
  • Computer cartography
  • Satellite remote sensing
  • Spatial statistics


Prof. Sen Roy (ssr@miami.edu)