The study of geography focuses on the location of things in both the physical and human environments. The discipline seeks to understand the characteristics of places, the processes that produced those characteristics, and the interactions among places. Geography concentrates on the questions: "Where are things?" and "Why are those things where they are?" Geographers take this spatial perspective and combine it with knowledge from both the natural and social sciences. Location (spatial) analysis requires map interpretation skills, the ability to collect, evaluate, synthesize, and communicate information from a variety of sources and disciplines, and the capability to detect and explain spatial patterns and processes.

The geography major is a well-rounded, flexible, liberal arts degree and is good preparation for graduate work in geography or related disciplines. Students may select courses within the geography major to design a more applied program focusing on geographic techniques (such as Geographic Information Systems) and career-oriented courses; such an applied focus prepares students for careers in both the public and private sector of the economy. The department also offers a minor in geography.

Recent Student Awards:

Jacob Pruiett: Tahlequah Rock and Mineral Society ($1000 awarded spring 2015)

Janie Goddard: South Central Arc User Group (SCAUG) Regional Scholarship ($1500 awarded fall 2014)


****Geography Awareness Week is November 16-22, 2014 with GIS Day on November 19th.  As part of the celebration, we are collaborating with Cherokee Nation GeoData Center and Tahlequah Public Works Authority to offer a series of talks on November 19th.  Details are below.****

All talks will be in Webb 614 and open to the public.

  • 11am-noon  Keynote Speaker: Kurt Bickle from Indian Nations Council of Governments (INCOG) will discuss how GIS is utilized to aid in solving homicide cases.

 Afternoon talks will begin at 1pm. Presenters are listed below.  Specific times for each to follow.

  • Janie Goddard from Cherokee Nation GeoData Center:  Cherokee Nation Emergency Management Web Applications
  • Rhonda Baber from Tahlequah Public Works Authority:  TPWA GIS
  • Shea Hammond from Fish & Wildlife:  GIS for bat studies
  • Jerry Latty from Lake Region Electric Cooperative:  LREC GIS

Geography Awareness Week Map Contest

Winners areJacob Pruiett, Katy Hosokawa, and Tiffany Copeland



For more information about the Geography program contact:

Dr. Christine Hallman
Geography program coordinator
Department of Geography Political Science and Sociology
Northeastern State University
Tahlequah, OK 74464-2302
Phone: 918-444-3528 or 918-444-3500