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?

  • The membership looks good on your resume.
  • You will receive a membership certificate that you can include in your portfolio.
  • Members only pay membership dues once.
  • Members qualify for scholarships, including support to attend the AAG Annual Meeting.
  • Members may submit essays for publication in GTU's Geographical Bulletin.
  • You can meet other members at universities across the country.
  • You can continue membership following graduation.

GTU students meet with the Appalachian Geographical Society. For more information about ASU GTU, contact Dr. Mike Mayfield at