Department of Geographical and Historical Studies

The Department of Geographical and Historical Studies is one of the departments of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Business Studies. The department is located in the City of Joensuu.

According to our mission: “We conduct research into the use of natural resources, local relations to the environment, welfare and the encounters of cultures in border areas, fringe regions and peripheries, and their social, geographical and historical development dynamics. Based on this, we organise high quality, university-level teaching. Our mission is to create, develop and seek new knowledge, information and understanding and, thus, to improve the intellectual resources and abilities of our students and enable their critical analysis of information. Through our research work we shall actively participate in our society's social and political discussions.”

The department is comprised of approximately 560 students and 100 postgraduate students, with a staff of about 50.