Why pursue the ESSP with Geography as a focal department?
Geography has been the focal department of choice for a number of ESSP students. It is not a very surprising choice for students with an interdisciplinary bent. Geography is in itself a dynamic and diverse discipline with a wide range of theoretical and methodological tools and sub-disciplinary specializations. “Geography is what geographers do” is a saying often heard in the Geography community. A common thread that runs through most geographers is a fascination for studies focused around place, space, scale and/or human-environment interactions.
Prospective students of Environmental Science, Studies and Policy are likely to find Geography to be a very relevant discipline, whether their academic focus constitutes advancing the science of climate change or rivers, or understanding the social, political and/or cultural landscapes upon which resource conflicts are played out and negotiated.
Faculty members in the Department of Geography here at the University of Oregon specialize in political ecology, cultural geography, political geography, climatology, biogeography, hydrology, geomorphology and GIS, among other subfields and have a wide array of specific research interests. Students interested in Geography as a focal department should browse the Geography faculty webpages and correspond with those faculty members whose work is closest to their own interests.
Supplementary Application Information
The doctoral program in Geography requires “completion of a master’s degree in geography or equivalent study that includes courses required for the M.A. or M.S. degree in geography at the University of Oregon.”
Questions about the application process in Geography should be directed to the Geography Department, Phone: 541-346-4555 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
See also the standard application procedures for the Environmental Studies Doctoral Program.
Admission Information for the Geography Department
Pat McDowell and Peter Walker, ENVS Core Faculty
Geography Faculty Affiliated with the Environmental Studies Program
Brief summary of doctoral degree requirements for Geography
Graduate Program Handbook for Geography
Professional Organizations in Geography