Major in Geography and Urban Studies
This is an innovative major for undergraduates that combines the analytical frameworks of the discipline of geography with a focus on urban areas and processes. Introductory courses help students develop a basic understanding of geographical principles that allow them to follow their specific interests with a series of upper level electives Within these guidelines, students can choose courses that focus chiefly on geographical studies, including the major distributions of physical and natural phenomena across the globe, environmental and man-environment relations, and the concepts underlying spatial analysis and industrial location; or they may choose a program that emphasizes urban studies, exploring 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
Many students choose GUS as a major in their second year after taking an introductory course in the field. As we are a small department we are able to offer our students accurate, timely and friendly academic advice. Majors can be assigned to a faculty mentor in their area of specialization.
Please see a current description of the Geography and Urban Studies Major and its requirements HERE.
Please see the description of the Geography and Urban Studies Major and its requirements by the year you declared your major.
We encourage students to study abroad for one semester, which can be a critical part of undergraduate education either through a Temple or other accredited university program. Study abroad is the fastest way to learn a second (or third) language and it can open the door to future international work.
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 GUS major and education minor following the 5-year BA/MA program.
Geography and Urban Studies majors are advised by Jeremy Mennis.
Major in Environmental Studies
Environmental Studies is an interdisciplinary major offered on both the Main Campus and Ambler Campus. Students in this major will be equipped with the scholarly background and intellectual skills to understand a wide range of pressing environmental issues, and they will come to appreciate the physical, economic, political, demographic, and ethical factors that define those issues. Among the many environmental problems central to this major are groundwater contamination, suburban sprawl, river basin management, environmental justice, and the greening of abandoned urban spaces.
An Environmental Studies major can be tailored to the needs of the individual student. All students receive a thorough grounding in the physical and human aspects of environmental management. The academic offerings are interdisciplinary, drawing on the resources of numerous departments in the natural and social sciences, as well as the humanities.
Please see a current description of the Environmental Studies Major and its requirements HERE
Please see the description of the Environmental Studies Major and its requirements by the year you declared your major.
Continuous advising and close contact with faculty are key features of the program.
Environmental Studies majors are advised by Christina Rosan.