Arial view of the Winona area where WSU Geography Department students study.

Winona State University Geography

Geography is the study of where things are and why they are there. It studies the distribution of both physical features (e.g. climate, water, and landforms) and cultural aspects (e.g. languages, religions, and ethnicities). 

In order to compete in the complex inter-connected world we live in, students need the spatial perspective gained from geographic studies to help understand globalization, cultural diversity, international conflicts, climate change, natural and technological hazards, business location, transportation, energy production and dependence, and the many uses for geo-technology (Global Positioning Systems, Geographic Information Systems, and Remote Sensing) (Why Geography is Important 2012). 

Geographers are employed in a broad spectrum of fields including education, urban and regional planning, conservation, business location analysis, international business, international relations, and geographic information science to name a few.

Program Features

  • Examine the differences and similarities of the various physical and cultural environments
  • Highly engaged faculty help students explore economic, physical, and cultural geography