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AAG Departments Data


Department Data

The data presented in this section are derived from two sources: 1) The AAG’s annual Guide to Geography Programs in the Americas, which reports data on geography degrees offered, numbers of geography majors, numbers of geography degrees granted, and numbers of full-time and part-time faculty for geography departments within the U.S., and 2) The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), which reports annual data on the number of geography majors and degrees granted by degree type.

AAG Departmental raw data

Annual data from 2007 to 2017 showing geography majors by degree type, degrees conferred, and number of faculty as reported in the Guide to Geography Programs.

AAG 2016-2017 Departmental Data Report

The 2016-2017 Departmental Data Report provides a one-year snapshot of U.S. geography department data as reported in the 2016-2017 Guide to Geography Programs.

AAG Report on Long-Term Trends in Degrees Conferred in Geography

The Long-Term Trends in Degrees Conferred in Geography Report is based off of NCES data and includes information and figures  illustrating long-term trends in geography degrees conferred in the U.S. from 1948 to 2015.


Department Surveys

The following reports analyze the results of recent AAG surveys of U.S. geography departments. The surveys reflect the AAG's effort to provide frequently-requested aggregate statistics, to support initiatives for diversity and professional development, to develop and distribute resources that effectively help departments and programs successfully implement diversity and professional development activities, and to encourage institutional research in the discipline.

AAG Geography Departments Survey raw data

In 2010, the AAG conducted a survey of geography departments within the U.S. in order to gain a better understanding of overall student and faculty diversity, student enrollment and degree completion rates by ethnicity and gender, and faculty salary rates by rank. The survey has been conducted annually since 2015 in order to gauge longitudinal diversity and salary trends.

AAG Diversity Task Force Report - COMING SOON! 

The Diversity Task Force Report provides a brief summary of the data on student and faculty diversity and student enrollment and degree completion rates by ethnicity and gender collected in the annual geography departments survey.

AAG Faculty Salary Survey - COMING SOON!

The AAG Faculty Salary Survey includes data on starting salaries for tenure-track and non-tenure track faculty, and average salaries by faculty rank. 

Guide to Geography Programs in the Americas

Updated every academic year, the AAG's Guide to Geography Programs in the Americas contains detailed information on undergraduate and graduate geography programs in the United States, Canada, and Latin America, including degree requirements, curricula, faculty and program specialties, financial assistance, and degrees completed.

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Each thematic section features different datasets and analytical reports, as well as links to external sources of data and research.