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Department of Geography and Urban Studies



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





For more information about our GIS programs, please contact us.


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

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

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


GUS Major Studies Abroad

This summer, Geography and Urban Studies major Zhenya Nalywayko had the opportunity to spend four weeks studying abroad in India.  During that time, students stayed in an old palace, ate only vegetarian food, participated in sunrise yoga, and experienced monsoon season – a weather pattern unlike anything in the States. More information about study abroad…
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Grad Student Speaker Series

On Friday September 18th, Dr. Robert Lake kicked off the Geography and Urban Studies Graduate Student Association (GUS GSA) fall speaker series with his talk “Lovers and Knowers, Athens and Jerusalem: On Not Degenerating Into a Research Inquiry.” Dr. Lake is member of the faculty at the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at…
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The Rad Dish Student-Run Co-op Featured on Philadelphia Inquirer

The Rad Dish, a student-run co-operative cafe,   was featured  on the Philadelphia Inquirer Thursday September 24th.  Read the full story here: “Weary of dining halls, students start their own co-ops.”   The Rad Dish provides healthy, local, ethical vegetarian food at a reasonable cost for students. Housed in Ritter Annex, the café provides a space that is…
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