About Us


You want to understand the world.

Why not start with a river, a city, a mountain, a road, and follow it to the ends of the earth? Geography & Planning ask big questions and enable you to answer them with advanced technology and knowledge about the world you live in.

The Department of Geography and Planning promotes the understanding of the spatial dimensions of human behavior within the physical and cultural systems of the earth, and the role of planning in achieving improvement in those systems. It offers degrees in Geography and Planning, including both Undergraduate and Graduate programs.

Why Major in Geography and Planning?

Alumni Spotlight: Kai Kelley Jr. ('19)

kelley_0.pngHello! My name is Kai Kelley Jr., and I successfully graduated in May 2019, earning a B.S. degree in Geography, a B.S. degree in Community & Regional Planning, and a Certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

During undergrad, my involvement on campus explored the necessity of community outreach and engagement. Upon graduation from Appalachian, I was appointed to serve as Commissioner on the Durham City-County Appearance Commission and worked as an ENGAGEDurham Outreach Team Member for my hometown’s Comprehensive Plan. I continue to serve in local government while pursuing my graduate degree at NC State. Currently, I work in Student Affairs at Duke University, where I received the Duke Presidential Award and work to support career development programming. I look forward to what the future holds and am excited to keep my fellow peers, alumni, and mentors in the department up to date! Go 'Neers!