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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, 17 Masters students, 19 doctoral students, and 23 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.

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

We are now hiring  a full-time tenure track Assistant Professor in Sustainability and Geographic Information Science. More information about this position.

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

Jacob Shell Book

Transportation and Revolt (MIT Press) by Dr. Jacob Shell

GUS Faculty Dr. Jacob Shell has recently published a new book titled Transportation and Revolt: Pigeons, Mules, Canals, and the Vanishing Geographies of Subversive Mobility (MIT Press, 2015).  In this book, he argues that political regimes have historically associated certain modes of transportation with revolt or subversive activities and have responded by acting to destroy or curtail those modes of…
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Careers that make a difference

Careers that Make a Difference

This fall, the Geography & Urban Studies and Environmental Studies Undergraduate Student Association, the Department of Geography and  Urban Studies and the Center for Academic Advising & Professional Development will be sponsoring a career development series for undergraduate GUS and ES students.   Learn more about the GUS/ES Undergraduate Student Association.


Fall Speaker Series

Join us for our Fall 2015 Speaker Series, hosted by the Department of Geography and Urban Studies and the Geography and Urban Studies Graduate Student Association. Sept 18 @ 4: Center for Humanities at Temple (CHAT) Lounge, 10th Floor Gladfelter Dr. Robert Lake, Bloustein School for Planning & Public Policy, Rutgers University “Lovers and Knowers, Athens…
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