Departmental Research Themes

The faculty of the Department of Geography are engaged in research that spans disciplinary boundaries as well as the world.

Course Info

Course Descriptions



The Tod Spieker Colloquium Series

Fall 2008 Colloqium

Fridays at 3:00pm in the Green Room, 1261 Bunche Hall

Refreshments served.


Fall Quarter 2013

7 October 2013
Trevor J. Barnes, Department of Geography, University of British Columbia
No comedy, only tragedy: The Haushofers, father and son, and the spaces of Nazi geopolitics

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Graduate Student Funding

Having sufficient funding to pay for university fees, books, living expenses and research is an important concern for graduate students. In Geography at UCLA there are several avenues for acquiring such financial support, all of which are highly competitive. In order to be considered for any department funding, new applicants must submit completed applications by the appropriate deadline.



Application Procedures

The Department admits applicants for the degrees of M.A. and Ph.D. However, the M.A. exists here as a foundation for the Ph.D., and the Department admits only those applicants whose ultimate objective is the Ph.D.

All applicants must submit an online application. Information may be found at UCLA Graduate Division(online application steps). All supplemental materials must be uploaded online.

Geography Graduate Program


Designed primarily for students pursuing the Ph.D., the principal goal of the graduate program is to produce scholars and scientists able to produce geographical work of the highest quality. The M.A. exists here as a foundation for the Ph.D., and we admit to the M.A. program only those students who have the Ph.D. as their ultimate goal. Graduate students are a core part of the scholarly and scientific community that constitutes the Department. Their research and teaching contributions are regarded as central to its mission.

FoG Scholarship

$1000 FoG Scholarship

2013-2014 Geography Scholarship from UCLA Friends of Geography

The FOG scholarship is open to all undergraduate students in Geography or Geography/Environmental Studies and is based on academic merit, involvement in Geography-related activities, and greatest need. The award recipient will be invited to attend the Friends of Geography annual luncheon held in Spring Quarter.

Application Procedure:

Blackman Award

Blackman Family Award is given to our top graduating seniors with the highest GPA in Geography or Geography/Environmental Studies Major. These students receive a monetary award and will be recognized at our Geography Commencement Ceremony in June.

Blackman Award 2013

These 6 students had an average GPA of 3.98.

  • Jasmine Chang
  • John Hayes
  • Timothy Kirkpatrick
  • Mason Sayer
  • Alexandra Vatchkova
  • Aneta Wasilewska


Blackman Award 2012

These 9 students had an average GPA of 3.86.

Departmental Honors

  • Departmental Honors

    The Geography Honors Program is designed for our major students who are interested in completing a two-quarter research project with a final thesis paper.

    To enter the Honors Program, a student must have at least a 3.5 GPA in the Major and a 3.0 overall GPA. Students must enroll in Geography 198A and 198B in two consecutive quarters and earn grades of A- or better. Students may choose to work with one or two faculty sponsors, and will be awarded honors or highest honors based on the evaluation of the faculty sponsor(s).