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Geography & Urban Studies

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Michele Masucci, Chair
309 Gladfelter Hall
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masucci@temple.edu

Rickie Sanders, Undergraduate Chair

rsanders@temple.edu

Belinda Wilson, Administrator

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Tycina Cousin, Coordinator
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Advising
guses@temple.edu

The Department of Geography and Urban Studies combines the discipline of geography and the field of urban studies to offer a major that emphasizes geographic theory and methods to the study of urban and regional processes and problems in U.S. and international settings. Students majoring in Geography and Urban Studies are equipped with the intellectual and methodological tools necessary to understand and address a wide range of environmental, economic, social, and political challenges that are central to the well-being of billions of people around the globe in an urbanizing world. The major focuses on the three themes of globalization, sustainability, and social justice that are increasingly central to understanding such challenges and opportunities. Our fourth theme is geographic methods. There is a resurgence of interest in geographic theory and methods that examine the complexity of human-environmental interactions; the increasing interconnectedness of the global economy, environment, culture and politics; and the importance of place/context in people's daily lives.  Students have the opportunity to gain skills in spatial statistics, geographic information systems (GIS), cartographic production and design, and qualitative methods that are highly valued by employers. We encourage our students to incorporate a semester abroad and/or an internship into their plan of study. Each student's program is developed with a departmental advisor to suit individual interests and is designed to maximize educational and career opportunities. Our graduates find employment with nonprofits (domestic and international), planning or government agencies, consulting firms, and citizens' organizations. Many also go on to graduate programs in geography, planning, environmental studies, law and other fields.

We offer the B.A. as well as a minor in Geography and Urban Studies. Many of our students choose to complete a double major or a minor in a complementary discipline.

 

Summary of Degree Requirements

1. University Requirements:

  • Mathematics 0701 (4 s.h.) and/or English 0701 (4 s.h.), if required by placement testing.
  • All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses as part of the major. See below for a list of the specific courses required for your major.
  • Students must complete requirements of the General Education (GenEd) Program. See the General Education section of the Undergraduate Bulletin for more details.

2. College of Liberal Arts Requirements:

  • Completion of a minimum of 123 credits, including: 90 credits in CLA/CST courses, 45 credits of which must be at the upper level (numbered 2000-4999). For Social Science majors, 6 upper level credits must be taken in the Humanities Departments (English, French, German, Greek and Roman Classics, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese (only available at our Japan campus), Philosophy, Religion, Russian, and Spanish), Art History, or any department in the College of Science and Technology.
  • A minimum GPA of 2.0, cumulatively, in CLA/CST coursework, and in the major.
  • Only courses in which a student receives a grade of at least C- can satisfy GenEd, major, minor, or CLA Foreign Language and Global Studies requirements.

3.  Foreign Language/Global Studies Requirements:

1) All students must complete the second level of a foreign language;

2) All students must complete at least one course from the GenEd Global/World Society category; and

3) All students must complete one of the following options:

  • Third level of a foreign language;
  • Demonstrated proficiency in a foreign language;
  • A second General Education Global/World Society course;
  • Study Abroad at an approved program; or
  • Take one Global Studies course from the list on the CLA College Graduation Requirements page.

4. Major Requirements (36 s.h.)

Specifically Required courses:

  • Select one geography course from: Geography & Urban Studies 1051, 1031, 0866.
  • Select one urban studies course from: Geography & Urban Studies 1021, 1025, 0861.
  • Geography & Urban Studies 3161.
  • Select two Intermediate courses from: Geography & Urban Studies 2014, 2031, 2032, 2051, 3061, 3062, 3097.
  • Select one Research Methods course from: Geography & Urban Studies 4197 and Geography & Urban Studies/Environmental Studies 4078. 
  • Geography & Urban Studies 4198 - Capstone.
  • Four Geography & Urban Studies Electives numbered 2000 - 4999
  • One Geography & Urban Studies elective at any level, numbered 0800-4999.
    • Note, no more than two Geography & Urban Studies courses numbered 0800-0999 may count towards the major requirements.

5. General electives vary according to a student's individual program of study. Consult your academic advisor for more information.

 

Requirements for the Major

 

Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Select one of the following courses with a Geography focus: 3  
Geography & Urban Studies

Geography & Urban Studies

Geography & Urban Studies
1051

1031

0866*
Environment and Society
    or
Geography of World Affairs
    or
World Affairs
 



GG
         
Select one of the following courses with an Urban Studies focus: 3  
Geography & Urban Studies

Geography & Urban Studies

Geography & Urban Studies
1021

1025

0861*
Urban Society: Race, Class & Community
    or
World Urban Patterns
    or
Urban Dynamics: Global, Regional, & Local Connections
 



GU
         
Geography & Urban Studies 3161 Statistics for Urban and Spatial Analysis 3  
         
Select two of the following seven Intermediate courses: 6  
Geography & Urban Studies
Geography & Urban Studies
Geography & Urban Studies
Geography & Urban Studies
Geography & Urban Studies
Geography & Urban Studies
Geography & Urban Studies
2014
2031
2032
2051
3061
3062
3097
Urban Geography
Economic Geography
Urban Systems in a Global Economy
Urban Environment
Fundamentals of Cartography
Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems
Environment & Development
 





WI
         
Select one Research Methods course from: 3  
Geography & Urban Studies
Geography & Urban Studies/Environmental Studies
4197
4078
Research Methods in Geography & Urban Studies
Research Methods in Environmental Studies **

WI
**
         
Capstone Writing-intensive: 3  
Geography & Urban Studies 4198 Senior Seminar in Geography & Urban Studies (Capstone)   WI
         
Geography & Urban Studies Electives Select five Geography & Urban Studies electives,
at least four of which must be 2000+ level.

Note: No electives may double-count between the
Geography & Urban Studies major and either the
Environmental Studies major or minor.
15  
Total     36  
*For students who are completing the General Education Program, no more than two courses at the 0800 and 0900 levels may
be used to complete major requirements.

**Note: Geography & Urban Studies/Environmental Studies 4078 is not a writing-intensive course; students who elect this
option must take another writing-intensive course in the Geography and Urban Studies department (in addition to
Geography & Urban Studies 4198-Capstone).

 

All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses. The specific writing-intensive courses required for this major are listed above and are identified by "WI" in the Attribute column.

 

Double-Counting Across Curricula

Many students elect to take a combination of the Geography and Urban Studies major or minor and the Environmental Studies major or minor and/or the Environmental Science major or minor as they are complementary programs, but there are limits in terms of which courses may count for the two curricula: 

The ONLY courses that can double-count between the Geography and Urban Studies and Environmental Studies majors are: Geography & Urban Studies 3161, Geography & Urban Studies 4197, Environmental Studies/Geography & Urban Studies 4078.  When used for the major in either program, these courses may not be used to fulfill the minor elective requirements of the other program.  Note Geography & Urban Studies 4198 and Environmental Studies 4198 are NOT cross-listed seminars. Anyone pursuing a double major in Geography & Urban Studies and ES must take both capstone courses.

 

Distinction in the Major

Geography and Urban Studies students can graduate with distinction if they have, at the time of graduation, a 3.5 GPA in the major and a 3.0 cumulative GPA.

 

Requirements for the Minor

 

Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Select one Introductory course from: 3  
Geography & Urban Studies

Geography & Urban Studies

Geography & Urban Studies

Geography & Urban Studies

Geography & Urban Studies

Geography & Urban Studies
1051

1031

1021

1025

0861

0866
Environment & Society
     or
Geography of World Affairs
     or
Urban Society: Race, Class & Community
     or
World Urban Patterns
     or
Urban Dynamics: Global, Regional, and Local Connections
     o
r
World Affairs
 







GU

GG
Geography & Urban Studies Electives Select five Geography & Urban Studies electives, at least four of which must be 2000+ level.*

Note: No electives may double-count between the Geography & Urban Studies minor and the Environmental Studies major or minor.
15  
*One cognate course can substitute for an elective with written permission from the faculty advisor.
Total     18  

 

 

Tracks

The department has identified several informal areas of concentration to assist students in making course selections. These do not constitute formal requirements but rather provide guidelines for developing a personalized curriculum. Students can focus on the following themes:
    1. Urban Issues
    2. Environmental Problems
    3. International Development
    4. Geographical Techniques

 

Gamma Theta Upsilon

We nominate students for membership in the National Honorary Society in Geography on the basis of GPA. Students, who are initiated annually, can submit articles to the GTU journal and apply for national scholarships.

 

Internships

We encourage students to apply their skills and knowledge in a credit-bearing internship that utilizes their academic training.  Assignments at planning, social service, environmental and other agencies, as well as at firms that specialize in mapping and geographic data analysis, have helped in securing employment opportunities.  The internship is complemented by a seminar in which students discuss their experiences. Contact guses@temple.edu for more information on this opportunity.

 

Double Major with the College of Education

Students may elect to earn certification in secondary school social studies by combining a major in Geography and Urban Studies with a major in Social Studies Education. Students may also earn certification through a Geography and Urban Studies major by following the 5-year B.A./M.A. program. For more information on this opportunity, please contact the CLA Academic Advising Center.

 

Certificates of Specialization in Travel & Tourism

Students may take a series of courses that examine the rapidly growing fields of tourism and recreation from an urban/geographical perspective. For more information please see the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management.

 

Certificate of Specialization in the Geography of Tourism

The courses in this certification program examine all the world's culture regions and the linkages among them. Students can elect courses relevant to either domestic or international tourism. Additional courses would then be chosen to help the student acquire a sense of place as well as strategies for learning about new locations.

 

Certificate in the Geography of Sports, Recreation & Tourism Planning

Students in this program who are interested in urban recreation and sports can take courses related to urban social and policy issues, while those interested in outdoor/rural recreation can take courses on environmental issues. The course on geographical information systems (GIS) is particularly relevant to tourism planning.

 


 

Suggested Semester-by-Semester Plan

 

Freshman Year – 1st Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
English 0802, 0812, or 0902 Analytical Reading & Writing 4 GW
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Quantitative Literacy 4 GQ
Foreign Language
1001 Foreign Language (first level) 4  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Human Behavior 3 GB
Subtotal      15  
   
Freshman Year – 2nd Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Intellectual Heritage 0851 or 0951 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I 3 GY
Foreign Language
1002 Foreign Language (second level) 4  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Science & Technology I 3 GS
GenEd 08xx or 9xx Diversity and Race 3 GD
Select one Geography-Focused Course from: 3  
Geography & Urban Studies

Geography & Urban Studies

Geography & Urban Studies
1051

1031

0866
Environment and Society
    or
Geography of World Affairs
    or
World Affairs
 



GG
Subtotal      16  
 
Sophomore Year – 1st Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Foreign Language/
GenEd
0800+ Foreign Language (third level) or
GenEd Global/World Society course or
Internationally Focused Course From Approved List
3
GG
Intellectual Heritage 0852 or 0952 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II 3 GZ
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Science & Technology II 3 GS
GenEd 08xx or 09xx U.S. Society 3 GU
Select one Urban-Studies-Focused Course from: 3  
Geography & Urban Studies

Geography & Urban Studies

Geography & Urban Studies
1021

1025

0861
Urban Society: Race, Class & Community
    or
World Urban Patterns
    or
Urban Dynamics: Global, Regional, & Local Connections
 



GU
Subtotal      15  
 
Sophomore Year – 2nd Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Arts 3-4 GA
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Global/World Society 3 GG
Geography & Urban Studies 3161 Statistics for Urban and Spatial Analysis 3  
Geography & Urban Studies 1000+ One Geography & Urban Studies Elective - Any Level 3  
Geography & Urban Studies see list above One Intermediate Geography & Urban Studies
Course From Approved List
3  
Subtotal      15-16  
 
Junior Year – 1st Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ Humanities/CST Course 3  
Geography & Urban Studies see list above One Intermediate Geography & Urban Studies
Course From Approved List
3  
Geography & Urban Studies 2000+ One 2000+ Geography & Urban Studies Course 3  
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ CLA/CST Course 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
Any 0800-4999 One Elective in Any School or College 2  
Subtotal     17  
 
Junior Year – 2nd Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ Humanities/CST Course 3  
Geography & Urban Studies 2000+ One 2000+ Geography & Urban Studies Course 3  
Geography & Urban Studies 2000+ One 2000+ Geography & Urban Studies Course 3  
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ CLA/CST Course 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
Subtotal      15  
 
Senior Year – 1st Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Geography & Urban Studies

Environmental Studies/
Geography & Urban Studies
4197*

4078
Research Methods in Geography & Urban Studies
      or
Research Methods in Environmental Studies**

**Note:
Students who elect to take Environmental
Studies 4078 or Geography & Urban Studies 4078
must take a writing-intensive elective in
Geography & Urban Studies
3 WI*
Geography & Urban Studies 2000+ One 2000+ Geography & Urban Studies Course 3  
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ CLA/CST Course 3  
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ CLA/CST Course 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
Subtotal      15  
 
Senior Year – 2nd Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Geography & Urban Studies 4198 Senior Seminar in Geography & Urban Studies (Capstone) 3 WI
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ CLA/CST Course 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
Any 0800-4999 One Elective in Any School or College 3  
Subtotal      15  
         
Degree Total   123  
*Geography & Urban Studies 4197 is typically offered only in the fall semester.
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