Gamma Theta Upsilon


The Gamma Theta Upsilon (GTU) Honor Society is an international honorary academic society for geographers that was founded in 1928. The Epsilon Zeta chapter at Appalachian State was founded on March 8, 1974.

GTU logoGTU’s Goals

  1. To further professional interest in Geography by affording a common organization for those interested in the field.
  2. To strengthen student and professional training through academic experiences in addition to those of the classroom and laboratory.
  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.
  6. To encourage members to apply geographic knowledge and skills in service to humankind.

Membership Requirements

GTU is open to all Geography majors with either:

  • an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher, or
  • a departmental GPA of 3.0 or higher with at least 12 hours of credits in Geography.

Why become a member?

  • Membership looks good on your resume
  • Receive a certificate of membership
  • Pay membership dues only once
  • Qualify for scholarships
  • Submit your essays for publication in GTU's Geographical Bulletin
  • Meet new people in GTU
  • You can continue membership after you graduate

GTU students meet with the Appalachian Geographical Society. Contact Dr. Mike Mayfield at for more information about ASU GTU.