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Geography and Regional Planning Department

Why Geography and Regional Planning?

Westfield State University offers the only undergraduate degree in Regional Planning among public colleges and universities in the Northeast. We offer extensive internship opportunities to gain practical field experience in community planning, environmental management, housing, transportation, economic development, sustainable energy, water resources and more.

The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment growth of 16 percent. As the population continues to grow, it becomes more imperative for communities to operate in an economically and environmentally sustainable manner. GIS skills are extremely important.

Explore the links and resources below to learn more about our department and our Regional Planning major. Or, start by watching our brief slideshow!

Department Announcements

Poster Presentation Workshops: 11/12 April 2017, 5 pm, Wilson 202.

Guest Lecture:  Dr. Janet Rankin, 20 April 2017, 7 pm.

2nd Annual CURCA, 3 May 2017, Ely Campus Center.

GARP Resources

Mission Statement

Interested in Regional Planning and what we have to offer? Start here!

Information & Resources

Everything you need to know about our department and our major.


See what's been happening lately in our department.

Geography K-12 Teacher Education & Outreach

We are committed to strengthening geography education in Western Massachusetts and the Commonwealth.


GIS Program

Interested in Geographic Information Systems (GIS)? Start here!

GIS Minor

Everything you need to know about our GIS Minor.

GIS Certificate

Everything you need to know about our GIS Certificate.

Clubs & Organizations