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GTU Honor Society


Gamma Theta Upsilon (GTU) is an international honor society in geography. Gamma Theta Upsilon 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.

GTU Goals

  • 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.


Gamma Theta Upsilon membership is earned through superior scholarship; it is an honor, and a professional distinction. Persons seeking membership must have completed a minimum of 3 geography (or Env. Studies) courses, have a B average in geography (or Env. Studies) courses, must rank in the upper 35% of their class and shall have completed at least 3 semesters or 5 quarters of college course work. Apply for membership by contacting Dr. DeWeese via email ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

Members receive a handsome certificate, suitable for framing. No further membership dues are paid to the national organization after the initiation fee. Many members choose to remain active in GTU after graduation, by joining Omega Omega, the Alumni Chapter of GTU.

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. Membership provides a network where you can become better acquainted with other geography students and can meet and talk with geography faculty informally. Members can improve their expertise in the field of geography by learning things not normally dealt with in the classroom. Members are eligible to apply for Gamma Theta Upsilon scholarships. Membership in an academic honor society is evidence of your dedication and competency in your career field. Some employers give hiring preference to honor society members. For Membership Information: Ask your local chapter officers or GTU faculty advisor (Dr. DeWeese -- This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) for information on membership procedures, and the many benefits of joining Gamma Theta Upsilon.


University of West Georgia became a GTU Chapter organization on May 11, 1973. The chapter name is Epsilon Beta. During the summer 2007, new members were recruited under the advisement of Dr. Seong, and Mr. Charles Miller and Mr. Clinton Richmond who took the role of interim president. In 2008 fall, Dr. DeWeese took the leadership of advising GTU from Dr. Seong.