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Gamma Theta Upsilon (GTU) is an international honor society in geography. GTU was founded in 1928 and became a national organization in 1931. Members of GTU have met academic requirements and share a background and interest in geography. GTU chapter activities support geography knowledge and awareness.

The Purposes of GTU are:

  1. to further professional interest by affording a common organization for those interested in the field of Geography;
  2. to strengthen student and professional training via academic experiences in addition to those of the classroom and lab;
  3. to advance the status of Geography as a cultural and practical discipline for study and investigation;
  4. to encourage student research of high quality and to promote an outlet for publication;
  5. to create and administer funds for furthering graduate study and/or research in the field of Geography.

Benefits of GTU Membership

Most chapters sponsor speakers, campus-wide programs, field trips and social events, and participate in service functions.  Members can

  • participate in numerous extra-curricular activities
  • build and establish networks with other students and faculty
  • explore things not normally covered in classroom activities
  • are eligible to apply for Gama Theta Upsilon scholarships
  • demonstrate dedication in their career fields

Why should you join GTU?

  • GTU membership is earned through superior scholarship, it is and honor, and a professional distinction.
  • No further membership dues are paid to the national organization after the initiation fee
  • Members may remain active in GTU after graduation by joining Omega Omega, the Alumni chapter of GTU.

There are two classes of membership in GTU:

Regular member:

  • Initiates must have completed a minimum of three geography courses; have a 3.3 GPA in geography and overall; and have completed at least three semesters of college coursework.

Honorary Member:

  • A chapter may extend honorary membership to anyone whom it feels has, by exploration, research, lecturing, publishing, teaching, or any other way contributed to marked advancement in any phase of Geography. The fees for Honorary membership are paid by the local chapter.

Visiting Geographical Scientist Program (VGSP)

The Visiting Geographical Scientist Program, funded by GTU and administered by the Association of American Geographers (AAG), provides an opportunity for chapters to host a distinguished geographer on their campus. The visiting geographer will give a lecture on a topic in geography and meet with faculty, students, and administrators.  Chapters should contact the AAG for information about the Visiting Geographical Scientist Program.

For more Information talk to your advisor or the department chair