Geography is an exciting discipline because it engages theories about the world with grounded empirical research. At the University of Washington we are committed to the difficult but rewarding task of always articulating our ideas and concepts of how the world works with real world data gathering.The methods that we use and the types of data that we collect vary considerably among faculty and students. We are a heterogeneous crew with disparate interests and passions. But our commitment to grounded work, social justice, and to a persistent questioning of what exactly these things mean is a hallmark of our community.
We are one of North America's leading centers for graduate education in urban geography, migration studies, and in GIS (geographic information science and systems) research. We also offer advanced training in several core areas of geographical knowledge, including economic geography, social and cultural geography, critical development geography, legal geography, and political geography. We have formed strong liaisons with other units on campus and actively encourage our students to form committees and make substantive connections with other departments and programs. Our medical geography emphasis, for example, has important ties with UW units such as epidemiology, anthropology and women’s studies.
Source: Department Website June 2010