We offer two interdisciplinary majors, Geography and Urban Studies and Environmental Studies, that provide students with an understanding of how members of society interact with the world around them.
The Geography and Urban Studies major provides students with an understanding of the science of place, space and the environment with an emphasis on urban dynamics both in the United States and internationally.
The Environmental Studies major provides students with an understanding of environmental processes and issues and how nature and society interact.
Both majors provide students with strong critical thinking and technological skills that make them competitive in today’s job market and give them the tools to help change the world.
Meet Our Students
Pan Karalis, GUS Major
“I transferred from Linguistics to GUS after reading Jane Jacobs in one of my Mosaics Gen Ed classes. I realized that the GUS department offered the type of social theory I wanted to be learning along with practical applications of what we learn. During my time at Temple, I have joined in the Geography and Urban Studies and Environmental Studies Undergraduate Association and currently am serving as the club treasurer. I work with renewable energy sales with an energy company in the area and I am considering a career in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) after graduating this spring.”
Korin Tangtrakul, ES Alum
Upon graduating from Temple University in 2011, I spent two years teaching English in Thailand on a Fulbright to gain a fresh perspective before continuing my education to further pursue my career. I am currently working on a Master of Science in Urban Environmental Systems Management at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, while furthering the skills and work I started in Philadelphia with GIS and urban planning through a fellowship with the Pratt Center for Community Development. This spring I will be launching a website as a freelance cartographer. The scope of my work will involve map making and geographical analysis for social and environmental justice.