The Committee on Geographical Studies offers instruction and advising within both the College curriculum and the graduate divisions. For undergraduates, the Committee offers a Major in Geography; for graduate students in all divisions with an interest in geographical issues it offers courses, seminars, thesis advice, and faculty participation on doctoral committees in other fields. The Committee offers direction in geographical research at the graduate level through the Master of Arts Program in the Social Sciences. Geographical work at the University is carried on in modern quarters housed in Albert Pick Hall for International Studies, which includes faculty and Committee offices, lecture and seminar rooms, cartographic and computer facilities, and common rooms. Area research centers at the University devoted to the Middle East, East Asia, South Asia, Slavic Regions, and Latin America provide further specialist interdisciplinary research opportunities.
The Committee on Geographical Studies is the lineal descendant of the oldest graduate program in geography in the United States. Established in 1903, the graduate program in geography at the University of Chicago has awarded hundreds of doctorates and masters degrees, developing a singular intellectual influence and employment record internationally within the academic discipline.
Source: Department Website July 2010