Association of College Honor Societies


Gamma Theta Upsilon


Admitted to ACHS: 1976

Founded at Illinois State Normal University, 1931 (founded as a local in 1928; became national in 1931)

No of Active Chapters: 162

Total Membership: 70558

Annual/current Membership: 1065

Number of Regions: 8

Publications: The Geographical Bulletin

PURPOSE: To further professional interest, to strengthen student and professional training, to advance the status of geography as a cultural and practical discipline, to encourage student research, and to create and administer funds for furthering graduate study and/or research.

ELIGIBILITY: In keeping with the Society's Specialized Scholarship classification, initiates must have a GPA of at least 3.3 (on a 4.0 scale) in geography courses, rank in the top 35% of their class, have completed a minimum of 3 geography courses, and have completed at least 3 semesters or 5 quarters of full-time college course work.

MAJOR ACTIVITIES: Each chapter plans its own activities. An annual society business meeting is held in conjunction with either the Association of American Geographers conference or the National Council for Geographic Education conference. Award certificates may be presented to outstanding students in each chapter. Five scholarships of $1,000 each are given annually to undergraduates and graduates. In addition 10 travel scholarships of $200 each are awarded to members participating in the American Association of Geographers annual conference.

OFFICIAL CONTACT: Dr. Burrell Montz, Interim Executive Secretary, Geography, Planning, and Environment, Brewster A-238, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858-4353

Tel: 252-328-6086  Fax: 252-328-6054

Email: [email protected]  

Updated: 4/21/2020