When you study geography, you study the very environment you live in and that we all depend upon for our survival. Geographers study how the environment and cultures work and interact, nearby and around the world. To study geography is to study yourself and your place in the world. There are limitless ways to apply this knowledge, making geographers well equipped with the cultural awareness and technical skills needed and desired by modern employers, including private corporations, government agencies, non-profit groups, education and research institutions, and private consultants.


Jay Boshara

Jay Boshara was educated at Ohio University and the University of Iowa.  As primarily a cultural geographer (though he’s also interested in meteorology), his main interest is in the political economy of natural resource development, especially water and petroleum/natural gas.  Before coming to RCC in the Fall of 2016, Jay taught at Eastern Mediterrean University, The University of Akron, The University of Iowa, Coe College, Mount Mercy University, and at CSUSB. Before he undertook graduate studies, Jay worked in legislative politics in Washington, D.C.

Office:  Music Annex 110
Telephone:  951-222-8245


Dr. James Hayes

James Hayes (PhD, Indiana University Bloomington, 2008). Dr. Hayes’ teaching interests and focus are in physical geography, environmental sustainability, and geospatial technology. His areas of specialization are 1) how society interacts with and modifies the natural environment, and 2) how that interaction can be studied using field techniques, geospatial technology, and quantitative analysis. Dr. Hayes has published articles on human-environment interaction in the Midwest, Rock Mountains, California, and the Caribbean.

Office:  Quad 21A
Telephone:  951-222-8728