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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

November 17, 2017

1st Annual Fall
Friday, December 1st, 2017
1:30 -4:00 p.m.
Nettie M. Stevens Science and Innovation Center

October 31, 2017

GIS Day is on 15 November 2017.

November 6, 2017

Geography Awareness Week is 12-18 November 2017 and GIS Day is 15 November 2017.

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