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Human Geography & City Studies

Welcome to the Department of Human Geography at the University of Toronto Scarborough.

Human Geography is one of the most exciting and innovative fields in the social sciences today. It is crucial to understanding the massive changes happening in the world today, including urbanization, human-induced environmental changes, growing inequality, and intensifying migration and displacement. It is an integrative discipline which examines the spatial differentiation and unevenness produced by political, economic, socio-cultural, and environmental factors and processes, at the full range of spatial scales from the body to the family, neighbourhood, community, city region, country, and globe.

Our department is an award-winning group of faculty who combine active and productive research programs with teaching innovation and excellence.

All our programs focus on teaching the core skills of critical thinking, qualitative and quantitative research methods and analysis, and excellence in writing.

Degrees in Human Geography and City Studies prepare students to be thoughtful and knowledgeable local and global citizens at the same time as developing important career skills in research, writing, and evidence-based examination of many of the pressing issues facing communities and the world today. Human Geography and City Studies graduates are well prepared for a wide range of careers, and our alumni have found successful careers in government, business, publishing, urban planning and development, community development, teaching, and policy analysis, among many others.

Our programs include the Major and Minor Programs in Human Geography, Major Program in Human and Physical Geography, Major and Co-op Major Programs in City Studies. Our new Minor Program in GIS can be combined with these and other programs, and provides a thorough introduction to the use and analysis of digital spatial data, spatial analysis, and mapping.

We welcome students with a diverse range of backgrounds and interests. Please don't hesitate to contact me, any of our faculty, or Ben Pottruff our Undergraduate Program Advisor, if you have any questions.

André Sorensen
Professor and Chair
Department of Human Geography
University of Toronto Scarborough