Department of Geography

Geographers study the relationships between people, places, societies, and environments.

Beginning in 1837, Mount Holyoke founder Mary Lyon listed geography among the prerequisites for the entering class. The discipline serves as a bridge between the physical and the cultural worlds. Human geography (a social science) is concerned especially with the political, economic, social, and cultural processes and resource practices that give definition to particular places and spaces. Physical geography (a natural science) focuses on the physical processes that shape the patterns of the earth’s surface, including landforms, climate, and ecosystems. Our GeoProcessing Laboratory provides students with cutting-edge technical knowledge and geospatial tools so they can pursue a wide variety of learning opportunities in both the physical and social science realms of the discipline.