The Epsilon Epsilon chapter of Gamma Theta Upsilon, the international geographical honor society, was founded in 1974 and serves as our undergraduate geography club. GTU generally meets monthly during the semesters and sponsors mapathons, Geoguesser competitions, career conversations, and other activities related to geography and the UIUC geographic community.

While membership is limited to students who have completed three semesters of college coursework and taken a minimum of three courses in geography with a 3.3 GPA in those courses, students from all majors are welcome to participate in our activities.

Information about upcoming GTU activities is published on the GGIS department website and in GGIS department e-mail newsletters.

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Goals of the International Geographical Honor Society

The goals of Gamma Theta Upsilon are directed towards furthering the discipline of Geography, geographic excellence, and service. They are as follows:

  • To further professional interest in Geography by affording a common organization for those interested in the field.
  • To strengthen student and professional training through academic experiences in addition to those of the classroom and laboratory.
  • To advance the status of Geography as a cultural and practical discipline for study and investigation.
  • To encourage student research of high quality, and to promote an outlet for publication.
  • To create and administer funds for furthering graduate study and/or research in the field of Geography.
  • To encourage members to apply geographic knowledge and skills in service to humankind.