Bachelor of Arts in Geography and Urban Studies

The objective of the Bachelor of Arts program in Geography and Urban Studies is to provide students with an understanding of:

  • How space, place, and scale shape the interaction between environment and society;
  • Critical thinking skills developed through examining a range of analytical approaches to investigate geographic, urban, and environmental processes;
  • Contemporary explanatory frameworks in Geography and Urban Studies such as political ecology, feminist and poststructuralist theory, and development theory;
  • The application of information technology skills to analyze spatial and temporal information, processes, and patterns through integrative research experiences;
  • Practical considerations of community and environmental organizational settings at the local and regional scales.

Summary of Degree Requirements

University Requirements:

  • MATH 0701 (4 s.h.) and/or ENG 0701 (4 s.h.), if required by placement testing.
  • All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses as part of the major. The specific courses required for this major are GUS 2197 and GUS 4198.
  • Students must complete requirements of the General Education (GenEd) Program. See the General Education section of the Undergraduate Bulletin for more details.

College of Liberal Arts Requirements:

  • Completion of a minimum of 123 credits, including:
    • 90 credits in CLA/CST courses;
    • 45 credits of which must be at the upper level (numbered 2000-4999).
      • For Social Science majors, 6 upper level credits (numbered 2000-4999) must be taken in Humanities Subject Areas: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Greek (Ancient), Greek and Roman Classics, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Philosophy, Religion, Russian, and Spanish in the College of Liberal Arts, Art History in the Tyler School of Art, or any department in the College of Science and Technology.
    • A minimum GPA of 2.0, cumulatively, in CLA/CST coursework, and in the major.
    • Only courses in which a student receives a grade of at least C- can satisfy GenEd, major, minor, or CLA Foreign Language and Global Studies requirements.
    • Professional Development Requirement
      • All students in the College of Liberal Arts are required to take a 1 credit seminar in professional development. CLA 1002 Professional Development for Liberal Arts Majors is the appropriate course option for this major. Other courses that fulfill this requirement may be found on the CLA College Requirements page. Only one course in this category may count towards graduation.
    • Foreign Language/Global Studies Requirements:
      • All students must complete or test out of the first and second levels of a foreign language - these courses are numbered 1001 and 1002;
      • All students must complete at least one course from the GenEd Global/World Society category; and
      • All Bachelor of Arts students must complete one of the following options:
        • Third semester of a foreign language;
        • Demonstrated proficiency beyond the third semester in a foreign language (placement exam or certification from the language department);
        • Take one Global Studies course from the list on the CLA College Requirements page;
        • Study Abroad at an approved program; or
        • Take a second General Education Global/World Society course.
      • Notes on Foreign Language Study
        • The third level of language is numbered 1003 in French, German, Spanish, and Portuguese and numbered 2001 in all other foreign language subjects.
        • Students are strongly encouraged to take the third level of a foreign language as it is the minimum required for election to the prestigious honor society Phi Beta Kappa. (Taking the course does not guarantee admission but not taking it guarantees exclusion.)
        • See the College of Liberal Arts Policies section of this Bulletin for more information on the Foreign Language Placement, Regression in Coursework, and guidelines for students' other experiences with language.

General Electives are typically one-third of a student's program of study and can be focused on a second major, a minor, or towards some other personal enrichment or professional goals. See an academic advisor for assistance in developing an academic plan for these courses.

Major Requirements (39 credits):

Gateway Courses
GUS 2001Cities3
GUS 2002Space and Place3
Research Methods courses
GUS 2197Research Design in Geography and Urban Studies3
GUS 3062Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems3
GUS 3161Spatial Statistics3
Research Methods elective
Select one of the following:3
Images of the City in Popular Culture
Fundamentals of Cartography
Environmental Remote Sensing
Qualitative Methods
Urban Geographic Information Systems
International Course
Select one of the following:3
Urban Systems in a Global Economy
African Development
East and South Asia
Russian Cities
International Urbanization
Environmental Problems in Asia
Geography of Travel and Tourism
Sicily: The Land, People and Identity
Comparative Regional Development
Metropolitan Tokyo
Honors Metropolitan Tokyo
Special Topics in Geography and Urban Studies
Geography and Urban Studies electives 1
Select 1 GUS course numbered 0800-49993
Select 4 GUS courses numbered 2000-499912
Capstone Course
GUS 4198Senior Seminar in Geography and Urban Studies3
Total Credit Hours39
1

No electives may double-count between the Geography & Urban Studies major and either the Environmental Studies major or minor.

Distinction in the Major

Geography and Urban Studies students can graduate with distinction if they have, at the time of graduation, a 3.5 GPA in the major and a 3.0 cumulative GPA. 

Suggested Academic Plan

Bachelor of Arts in Geography and Urban Studies

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2017-2018 Academic Year

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
ENG 0802, 0812, or 0902Analytical Reading and Writing [GW]4
GenEd Quantitative Literacy Course [GQ]4
Foreign Language 1001 - first level4
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
IH 0851 or 0951Intellectual Heritage I: The Good Life [GY]3
Foreign Language 1002 - second level4
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall
GUS 2001Cities3
IH 0852 or 0952Intellectual Heritage II: The Common Good [GZ]3
GenEd Breadth Course3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective 2
CLA 1002Professional Development for Liberal Arts Majors1
Select one of the following:3
Foreign Language - third level
 
GenEd Global/World Society Course
 
Internationally Focused Course From Approved List
 
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
GUS 2002Space and Place3
GUS 0800-4999 Elective3
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective3
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 3
Fall
GUS 2197Research Design in Geography and Urban Studies [WI]3
GUS 3062Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems3
One International Geography & Urban Studies Course From Approved List3
CLA/CST 2000+ Humanities/CST Course3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective3
One 0800-4999 Elective in Any School or College2
 Term Credit Hours17
Spring
GUS 3161Spatial Statistics3
GUS Research Methods Elective Course From Approved List3
GUS 2000+ Elective3
CLA/CST 2000+ Humanities/CST Course3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective3
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 4
Fall
GUS 2000+ Elective3
GUS 2000+ Elective3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective3
CLA/CST 2000+ Elective3
One 0800-4999 Elective in Any School or College3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
GUS 4198Senior Seminar in Geography and Urban Studies [WI]3
GUS 2000+ Elective3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective9
 Term Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours: 123