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Geography literally means to "write about or describe the earth". Geographers ask "where and why" questions about the earth and human activity on the earth. This leads them to study the distribution and arrangement of people and things on the earth, including the reasons behind those distributions. Geography is generally divided between the human and physical branches of geography. At Oakton, the human aspect of geography is taught in the Geography department. The physical aspects of geography are taught in the Earth Science department.

Why Take Geography?
After you finish your A.A., you may wish to go on in your education and major in geography. With a B.A. in geography, a student can teach at the secondary level, pursue a graduate degree, or can work in a variety of occupations such as research assistant, geographer, tourism developer, and urban planner.

The popularity of geography among Oakton students is due to its usefulness as preparation for geography majors, and reflects the intrinsic interest of the discipline. We regularly offer a wide variety of transferable introductory and advanced courses.

We invite you to visit with the chair of the Historical and Policy Studies program, Dr. Erick Mann, who would be happy to discuss the geography program. He can be reached at 847.376.7031, or


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September 7
Labor Day holiday. College closed.

September 20
Last day to withdraw from 16-week courses and have course dropped from record.

September 21
Last day to change to audit for 16-week courses.

October 4
Incomplete (I) grades from summer 2015 semester for which faculty have not submitted final grades will become an "F" after this date.

October 9
Last day for filing Graduation Petitions.

October 25
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Veterans Day holiday. College closed.

November 18
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November 26, 27
Thanksgiving Recess. College closed.

November 28, 29
Thanksgiving Recess. No classes, College open. (Most offices closed.)

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