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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

Master’s and Certificate in GIS

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

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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:

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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.

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Focus on the processes that constitute globalization.

Department News and Events

Robert Mason

Professor Rob Mason, 1955-2017

Robert J. Mason, PhD October 27, 1955 – November 15, 2017 The Department of Geography and Urban Studies at Temple University is greatly saddened by the death of our friend and colleague, Professor Robert Mason on November 15, 2017 after a brief illness. Rob was well known for his scholarly contributions to geography particularly in…
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Events Water Justice in Mexico City

Dr. Katie Meehan Discusses Water Justice in Mexico City at the Department of Geography and Urban Studies annual Benjamin H. Kohl Social Justice Lecture

On November 3rd, the Department of Geography and Urban Studies welcomed Dr. Katie Meehan from the University of Oregon to present this year’s Benjamin H/ Kohl Social Justice Lecture, titled “Water Justice in Mexico City: Grassroots Innovation and Paradoxical Promise.” The event, which celebrates the life and academic commitments of beloved GUS faculty member Ben…
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Our Undergrads Take on Middle States

On October 20 and 21, five students representing the Department of Geography and Urban Studies at Temple University attended the Middle States Division of the Association of American Geographers annual meeting at SUNY Geneseo. They presented five-minute talks on a range of topics: Jillian Eller: “Liquor Store Locations in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Their Relation to…
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