geographic education draws on both natural and social sciences to understand the Earth’s places and how humans respond to and transform the world around them.

Geographers address some of the biggest, most pressing questions of our time by investigating sustainability, land use, globalization, environmental change, migration, human transformation of the environment, urbanization, natural hazards, international development, agriculture, and geopolitics.

You may already be a geographer if . . .

  • You want to travel and explore the world.
  • You are fascinated by global change: environmental, cultural, and political-economic.
  • You use maps and think spatially.
  • You want to solve problems for sustainable, equitable use of the world’s resources.
  • You learn from “real” world field study.
  • You like discovering how particular places are connected by global processes.
  • You marvel at the world’s diversity of landscapes, people, and cultures.
  • You are concerned about how humans transform the world around us.
  • You are committed to identifying and changing world inequalities.
  • You like the airplane window seat.

Gustavus Geography majors continue to careers in. . .

  • Natural resource conservation
  • Geospatial analysis
  • International and community development
  • Urban planning
  • Environmental law and policy
  • Teaching and research
Name Title Phone Web
Anna Versluis Associate Professor 507-933-6058 web
Jeff La Frenierre Assistant Professor 507-933-6332
Joaquin Villanueva Assistant Professor 507-933-6283
Lencho Bati Adjunct Instructor 507-933-6084
Tyler Grupa Visiting Instructor 507-933-7320
Judith Helmeke Administrative Assistant 507-933-7320
Robert Douglas Professor Emeritus
Bob Moline Professor Emeritus 507-933-7320