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About the Department of Geography and Urban Studies

The Department of Geography and Urban Studies focuses on the four themes of globalization, sustainability, social justice, and geographic methods, combining social science skills with technical training. Our graduates get competitive and meaningful jobs in non-profit, government, and business sectors.

Programs of Study





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

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Learn more about how our students seek to make a difference in the world.

Major and Minor in Environmental Studies


Major and Minor in Geography and Urban Studies


Graduate and Undergraduate Certificates in GIS

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

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Focus on the intersection of place and inequality.

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Focus on new methods in geographical analysis.


Focus on the processes that constitute globalization.

Department News and Events


Meet an ES Grad: Alyssa Geoghan

Meet Alyssa Geoghan, a recent Environmental Studies graduate. Alyssa: “My childhood is filled with vivid memories of my mother and grandmother, who were avid gardeners, teaching me the names of flowers they planted in the window boxes of our row home in Northeast Philadelphia. I credit the women in my family for instilling in me…
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Dr. Allison Hayes-Conroy named among “Rising Research Stars”

After Dr. Allison Hayes-Conroy received an NSF Career grant, Dr. Michele Masucci, Vice President for Research Administration, sought out Hayes-Conroy from Geography and Urban Studies and Dr. Tonia Hsieh from Biology to apply for a National Research Foundation trainee grant. Hayes-Conroy and Hsieh put together a  grant to explore a novel model for graduate education that centers…
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Dr. Kevin Henry Publishes New Research on HPV Vaccination among Adolescents

Geography and Urban Studies Faculty Dr. Kevin Henry recently published an article titled “Geographic Factors and Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccination Initiation Among Adolescent Girls in the United States.” The study, published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research, found that adolescent girls living in high-poverty communities and majority…
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