Bachelor of Arts in Geography and Urban Studies

Explore the complex relationship between environments and societies with the Bachelor of Arts in Geography and Urban Studies in the College of Liberal Arts at Temple University. Develop the expertise to identify, understand and address real-world urban problems and global challenges. Gain comprehension around urban politics, planning and policy making. 

Through this 123-credit major, you will build knowledge of geographic theory and methods, and increase skills around several technical areas, including 

  • cartographic production and design; 
  • geospatial technologies, including Geographic Information Systems; 
  • spatial statistics; and
  • qualitative and quantitative social science research methods.

Design your career path by developing a personalized curriculum that focuses on one or more of the following themes.

  • Geographic methods
  • Globalization
  • Social justice
  • Urban sustainability

The Geography and Urban Studies BA prepares students for careers in several fields, including careers in consulting firms, government agencies and nonprofit organizations. Students also advance to graduate studies in environmental studies, geography, law or urban planning. Graduates are equipped to enter a number of growing fields. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) forecasts a 13-percent growth in employment for urban and regional planners by 2026. The BLS also forecasts a 7-percent growth in employment for geographers, which is the average growth rate for all occupations.

You can also learn more about the Geographic Information Systems Undergraduate Certificate

Students engaged in a classroom.

Classes & Curriculum

The Geography and Urban Studies BA is a 123-credit program that can be completed over four years of full-time study. Courses offered in this program include the following.

  •  African Americans in Philadelphia
  • Cities
  • Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems
  • Research Design in Geography and Urban Studies
  • Space and Place
  • Spatial Statistics
  • Sustainable Cities
  • Urban Systems in a Global Economy

Students are required to complete an individualized research project in the Senior Research Seminar course. Learn more about required courses for the Geography and Urban Studies BA.

Related Graduate Degrees

4+1 Accelerated Degree Program

The Geography and Urban Studies MA is open to Geography and Urban Studies and Environmental Studies majors. Students can apply as early as second semester sophomore year for entry in their junior year, or they can apply as late as the second semester of their junior year for entry in their senior year.

Learn more about accelerated degree programs in the College of Liberal Arts.

Double Major

If you plan to become a teacher, you may double major through Temple’s College of Education. The double major combines the Geography and Urban Studies Major with a major in social studies education. Learn more about the double major.

Certificate Programs

The College of Liberal Arts has 22 undergraduate certificate programs for you to expand your knowledge and diversify your Temple education. Certificates can complement degree programs, allowing you to specialize in an area and highlight your exposure to disciplines outside of your major.

Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, the Bachelor of Arts offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. Learn more about our tuition and fees.

These tuition costs apply to the 2019–2020 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident:  $16,080.00 per year
Out-of-state: $28,992.00 per year