Human Geography

Department of Geosciences


Human geography is concerned with the spatial aspects of human existence.  A human geographer might investigate the local, regional, and global impacts of rising economic powers like China. Or a human geographer may look at tourist sites to understand what messages are being used to understand a place. Areas of human geography include urban geography, economic geography, cultural geography, political geography, sports geography, regional geographies, and population geography. Human geography uses both quantitative and qualitative methods from across the social sciences and humanities, using them to provide a thorough geographic analysis. Human geography also places emphasis on fieldwork and mapping, and has made a number of contributions to developing new methods and techniques, notably in the areas of spatial analysis, spatial statistics, and GIScience. 


  • If you’ve ever wondered how rurality influences what a “good job” is than you should check out Dr. Bonnie Bounds’ work on wage difference across the rural-urban continuum.
  • Or perhaps you wonder how places sell themselves to potential tourists. Then you should check out this article by Dr. Adam Payne that focuses on the changing narratives in Oklahoma City’s tourist industry.