Geography is the original interdisciplinary science.
The study of geography dates to the ancient Greeks, who recognized and studied how environment impacted cultural development and how it influenced the way people met resource needs.
The geography major is intended to provide students with an understanding of the world around them in its physical, spatial, and human dimensions. Topics emphasized in the curriculum include the physical environment, political geography, socioeconomic development, and techniques in geographic data analysis, including computer mapping, satellite image analysis, and geographic information systems.
The geography program at Mount Holyoke involves the integrated study of landscape in its human dimensions and as a physical science to provide a broad and nuanced understanding of the world around us.
The human geography curriculum provides students with the opportunity to study cultural, economic, and regional dimensions of landscape settlement, resource extraction and development. This program focuses on processes such as Third World development, mega-city urbanization, and globalization, with particular emphasis on Africa and Asia.
The physical geography curriculum is focused upon human impacts on landscape and atmosphere and the ecological consequences of these impacts. Processes such as land cover change, carbon sequestration, environmental monitoring and planning are concentrations of the program, which has a particular emphasis on the use of analytical tools such as Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing to analyze and characterize environmental processes.