Although geography courses had long been offered at Queen’s through other departments, the Department of Geography was founded in 1960, by Dr. Richard Ruggles who served as its first Head. Since those pioneer beginnings, and thanks to skilled leadership over the years, it has developed into a vibrant and flourishing community of scholars who collectively are recognized as one of the best geography departments in North America. There are currently 18 full time tenure track faculty and eight post-doctoral or adjunct faculty who combine to offer programs leading to both B.A and B.Sc degrees at the undergraduate level and M.A., M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees at the graduate level. Approximately 70-80 undergraduate students graduate every year with honours bachelors’ degrees in Geography and there are currently 57 graduate students in the Department. All the programs are taught by faculty who are experts in their respective fields and who maintain active research programs. Consequently, the material taught reflects current research and engages with the problems of the modern world, yet is sensitive to the historical depth and resonance of the issues.
The faculty are superbly supported in their research and teaching activities and the students are kindly assisted by a dedicated staff who are known across campus for their generosity and good humour.
Graduate students form an essential part of our intellectual community, playing a significant part in departmental decision making, challenging faculty to open explore new questions in new ways, and assisting in the training of undergraduate students both formally and informally. A substantial proportion of our students are funded by SSHRC, NSERC, Ontario Graduate Scholarships, and Queen’s University scholarships. The rest receive support from the Graduate School and the Department.
There are many career opportunities for students of Geography in teaching (at all levels from primary education to university-level teaching and from technical training to highly theoretical instruction), in research (theoretical and applied and in science, social science and humanities research), in business (from real estate, to GIS, to international banking) and in government (again at all levels from planning and municipal government to policy research and applications at the Provincial and Federal level, to participation in International governance bodies and non-governmental organizations, to work in the military and intelligence). Geographers are to be found in a wide variety of fields. They are recognized there for the breadth and depth of their education, for their curiosity and observational skills and for their joy in each other’s company.
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