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Department of Geography and Urban Studies



About the Department of Geography and Urban Studies

GUS currently has over 200 undergraduate majors in Environmental Studies and Geography & Urban Studies, 14 Masters students, 21 doctoral students, and 21 faculty members.

The Department of Geography and Urban Studies (GUS) at Temple University aims to provide undergraduate and graduate instruction and research related to urban systems, nature and society, international development, and spatial analysis, with a special emphasis on the geographic analysis of urban dynamics.

The Department currently offers undergraduate majors and minors in  Geography and Urban Studies and Environmental Studies and an MA in Geography and Urban Studies and PhD in Geography and Urban Studies at the graduate level.

The GUS Department is excited to announce our new Undergraduate Certificate in GISProfessional Science Master’s in GIS and Graduate Certificate in GIS. For more information about the programs, please contact us.

We are now accepting applications for the Professional Science Master’s in Geographic Information Systems. Apply now!

Department of Geography and Urban Studies Research

The four research themes associated with the department include:


Focus on local quality-of-life and justice issues

gusSocial Justice

Focus on the intersection of place and inequality.

gusGeographic Methods

Focus on new methods in geographical analysis.


Focus on the processes that constitute globalization.

Department News and Events


Dr. Chakravorty in BBC, New York Times

Dr. Sanjoy Chakravorty’s book The Price of Land: Acquisition, Conflict, Consequence, has, since publication in 2013, become influential in India’s national debate on land policy. The BBC recently published an article in which Dr. Chakravorty outlines the historical significance of land acquisition in India, the currently proposed bill, and the controversy it has sparked. The…
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New Undergraduate Certificate in GIS

The Department of Geography and Urban Studies is excited to announce a new undergraduate certificate in GIS. This is a four-course certificate open to undergraduate students in all majors. Geospatial technology is considered a high-growth industry by the U.S. Department of Labor and strong GIS skills are in high demand by employers. Its uses are so pervasive...
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New Professional Science Master’s in GIS Beginning Fall 2015

The Department of Geography and Urban Studies is excited to announce a new Professional Science Master’s (PSM) in GIS and Graduate Certificate in GIS, beginning Fall 2015.  For more information, please submit your contact information through the link here or email Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a rapidly growing field and non-profit, governmental and private employers are…
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