Discipline Description

Geography is the discipline that explores our world. It has been called the "mother of science," as all other disciplines have evolved from people's earliest attempts to understand their geographic space or place.

Today geographers combine two approaches—spatial perspective and regional concepts. The premise is that no event, situation or challenge in human society can be fully understood without knowledge of the distinctive qualities of the place in which it occurs.

Some geographers specialize in population studies, others take a mathematical perspective, while others focus on some economic, political, social or cultural aspect of geography. But all geographers take a multidisciplinary approach to the study of how geography influences people and how people, in turn, affect their geographic location.