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Geography & Urban Studies

Sanjoy Chakravorty, Chair
309 Gladfelter Hall
215-204-1434
sanjoy.chakravorty@temple.edu

Benjamin Kohl, Undergraduate Advisor
321 Gladfelter Hall
215-204-1430
bkohl@temple.edu

309 Gladfelter Hall
215-204–1248
www.temple.edu/gus

The Department of Geography and Urban Studies combines the discipline of geography and the field of urban studies to offer a major that allows students to examine a range of approaches to key topics in the social sciences.  Students choose from introductory courses and supplement them with a variety of intermediate and upper-level electives.

Students may choose courses that focus either on geography or urban studies or combine the two.  Students examine the growth and development of cities and regions, environment and society, spatial analysis and industrial location, and the major distributions of physical and natural phenomena across the globe.  Students may also choose to explore the social, political, economic, and historic aspects of urban life, including international comparisons of urban society and the policies that governments have devised to address urban problems. We encourage students to combine spatial and urban courses as well as take advantage of offerings in cartography and geographic information systems (GIS).  We encourage students to study abroad for one semester as a critical part of their undergraduate education.  Each student's program is developed with the departmental advisor to suit individual interests and is designed to maximize educational and career opportunities.  Upon graduation, alumni successfully pursue graduate studies in a range of fields, or find work in nonprofit (domestic and international), planning or government agencies. 

 

Requirements for the Major

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Select one of the following courses with a Geography focus: 3  
GUS

GUS

GUS
1051

1031

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

IS

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

GUS

GUS
1021

1025

0861*
Urban Society: Race, Class & Community
    or
World Urban Patterns
    or
Urban Dynamics
  RN

IS

GU
         
GUS 3161 Statistics for Urban and Spatial Analysis
    or
Another appropriate statistics course with written approval of the faculty advisor
3  
         
Select two of the following seven Intermediate courses: 6  
GUS
GUS
GUS
GUS
GUS
GUS
GUS
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
         
Complete the two-course Advanced Sequence: 6  
GUS
GUS
4197
4198
Research Methods in Geography & Urban Studies
Senior Seminar/Capstone

WI
WI
         
GUS Electives Select five GUS electives, at least four of which must be 2000+ level. 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. 

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 RCI column.

 

Distinction in the Major

Geography and Urban Studies students can graduate with distinction if they fulfill the following requirements: a GPA of 3.5 in the major and overall 3.5 GPA, enrollment in at least one graduate (or undergraduate course cross-listed with a graduate course), the completion of an honors paper under the supervision of a faculty member, and the presentation of a paper in a public forum. Students who think that they may qualify for distinction should contact the undergraduate advisor by their junior year.

Requirements for the Minor

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Select one Introductory course from: 3  
GUS

GUS

GUS

GUS

GUS

GUS
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
     o
r
World Affairs
  IN

IS

RN

IS

GU

GG
GUS Electives Select five GUS electives, at least four of which must be 2000+ level.* 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, 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 Marilyn Silberfein (pawling@temple.edu) for more details and for information on possible internship sites.

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 plans

 

Requirements for New Freshman Students starting in the 2009-2010 Academic Year

Freshman Year – 1st Semester  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
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  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
IH 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
GUS 1051/1031/0866 One Geography-Focused Course 3 IN/IS/GG
Subtotal      16  
 
Sophomore Year – 1st Semester  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Foreign Language/
GenEd
0800+ Foreign Language (third level) or
GenEd World Society course or
Internationally Focused Course From Approved List
3
GG
IH 0852 or 0952 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II 3 GZ
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Science & Technology II 3 GS
GUS 1021/1025/0861 One Urban-Studies-Focused Course 3 RN/IS/GU
GUS 3161 Statistics for Urban and Spatial Analysis
    or
Another appropriate statistics course with written approval of the faculty advisor
3  
Subtotal      15  
 
Sophomore Year – 2nd Semester  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Arts 3-4 GA
GenEd 08xx or 09xx U.S. Society 3 GU
GenEd 08xx or 09xx World Society 3 GG
GUS 0800+ One Lower-Level GUS Course 3  
GUS 2000+ One Intermediate GUS Course From Approved List
3  
Subtotal      15-16  
 
Junior Year – 1st Semester  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ Humanities/CST Course 3  
GUS 2000+ One Intermediate GUS Course From Approved List
3  
GUS 2000+ One 2000+ GUS 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  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ Humanities/CST Course 3  
GUS 2000+ One 2000+ GUS Course 3  
GUS 2000+ One 2000+ GUS 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  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
GUS 4197* Research Methods in Geography & Urban Studies 3 WI
GUS 2000+ One 2000+ GUS 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  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
GUS 4198 Senior Seminar/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  
*GUS 4197 is typically offered only in the fall semester.

 

Requirements for New Transfer Students Starting in the 2009-2010 Academic Year

Freshman Year – 1st Semester  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
English 0802, 0812, or 0902 Analytical Reading & Writing 4 CO/GW
Foreign Language 1001 Foreign Language (first level) 4  
Core 0800+ One Quantitative Reasoning A Course 3-4 QA/GQ
Core 0800+ One Arts Course 3-4 AR/GA
Subtotal      14-16  
   
Freshman Year – 2nd Semester  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
IH 0851 or 0951 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I 3 IA/GY
Foreign Language 1002 Foreign Language (second level) 4  
GUS 1021/1025/0861 One Urban-Studies-Focused Course 3 RN/IS/GU
GUS 1051/1031/0866 One Geography-Focused Course 3 IN/IS/GG
Core 1000+ One Science & Technology A Course 3-4 SA
Subtotal      16-17  
 
Sophomore Year – 1st Semester  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Foreign Language/
Core
0800+ Foreign Language (third level) or
International Studies course
3
IS/GG
IH 0852 or 0952 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II 3 IB/GZ
Core 0800+ One Science & Technology B Course 3-4 SB/GS
Core 0800+ One International Studies Course 3 IS/GG
Core 0800+ One Quantitative Reasoning B Course 3-4 QB/GQ
Subtotal      15-17  
 
Sophomore Year – 2nd Semester  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Core 0800+ One Individual and Society Course 3 IN/GB
Core 0800+ One Studies in Race Course 3 RS/GD
Core 0800+ One American Culture Course 3 AC/GU
GUS 0800+ One Lower-Level GUS Course 3  
GUS 2000+ One Intermediate GUS Course From Approved List 3  
Subtotal      15  
 
Junior Year – 1st Semester  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ Humanities/CST Course 3  
GUS 2000+ One Intermediate GUS Course From Approved List 3  
GUS 2000+ One 2000+ GUS Course 3  
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ CLA/CST Course 3  
GUS 3161 Statistics for Urban and Spatial Analysis
    or
Another appropriate statistics course with written approval of the faculty advisor
3  
Any 0800-4999 One Elective in Any School or College 2-3  
Subtotal     17-18  
 
Junior Year – 2nd Semester  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ Humanities/CST Course 3  
GUS 2000+ One 2000+ GUS Course 3  
GUS 2000+ One 2000+ GUS Course 3  
GUS 2000+ One 2000+ GUS Course 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
Subtotal      15  
 
Senior Year – 1st Semester  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
GUS 4197* Research Methods in Geography & Urban Studies 3 WI
Core 1000-4999 One Writing-Intensive Course 3 WI
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  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
GUS 4198 Senior Seminar/Capstone 3 WI
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 Course 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
Any 0800-4999 One Elective in Any School or College 1-3  
Subtotal      16-18  
         
Degree Total   123  
*GUS 4197 is typically offered only in the fall semester.    
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