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).


The Geography department offers a Geography minor.

This minor will allow you to examine the differences and similarities of the various physical and cultural environments of the world.

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

Our faculty are highly engaged and ready to help you explore economic, physical and cultural geography.