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Chair's Message

alberto giordano
Dr. Alberto Giordano

Thank you for your interest in the Department of Geography at Texas State University and welcome to our community of students, alumni, faculty and staff.

Our department has one primary objective: our students’ success. We are committed to providing a rich educational experience, a solid foundation in geographic thought and knowledge, state-of-the-art training in geographic techniques, and extensive career support services. We offer undergraduate, masters, and PhD degrees with a wide-array of courses taught by over 30 full-time faculty members, numerous specialized adjunct instructors, and a team of dedicated graduate assistants. Altogether, our department provides:

Undergraduate degrees designed to prepare students to apply their knowledge and skills in productive careers or graduate study and to instill critical and creative thinking skills to understand and appreciate the challenges of our changing world,

Graduate degrees at the master’s and doctoral levels that will prepare students for outstanding professional careers in academia, government, scientific research and the private sector;

An educational environment designed to produce and promote original geographic scholarship aimed at providing insight and solutions to the problems facing our society and the environment.

With approximately 700 undergraduate majors, a minor in Geology, and over 150 graduate students, and thousands of alumni, our department offers students unique access to a broad network of instructors, researchers, private and public industry employers, and a dynamic peer group of fellow geographers. We offer financial support in the form of scholarships, fellowships, teaching and research assistantships, and student employment at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The department is home to eight, active student-led organizations, a variety of summer study abroad and US-based fieldwork experiences, and a highly successful internship program designed to maximize our students’ professional development and career opportunities. Every year in the Spring semester we host a student research conference and an alumni reunion and student celebration event.

As chair of this unique, dynamic department, I am pleased to encourage you to learn more about our programs and activities by contacting me (, our Undergraduate Coordinator (Dr. Brian Cooper at, our Graduate Coordinator (Dr. Benjamin Zhan at, and our undergraduate and graduate staff administrators (Stella LoPachin at and Allison Glass-Smith at Or, if you are able to visit us in person, here is a map to our building.

I look forward to welcoming you in person to our community of geographers!