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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 a new Master’s in GIS and Graduate Certificate in GIS. For more information about the programs, please contact us.

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


Winterstein and Briggs, GUS ’08, are Finalists in the 2015 Knight Cities Challenge

Geography and Urban Studies 2008 alumni poet/performance artist Jacob Winterstein and journalist Ryan Briggs are finalists in the 2015 Knight Cities Challenge. Jacob and Ryan are among 126 finalist that emerged from 7,000 proposal. If they win they will ride their bicycles down all 2,575 miles of city streets in Philadelphia, engaging residents in a multimedia…
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Example of Geographic Methods

New Master’s in GIS Beginning Fall 2015

The Department of Geography and Urban Studies is excited to announce a new Master’s in GIS and Graduate Certificate in GIS, beginning Fall 2015 pending approval from the Board of Trustees.  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…
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