Gamma Theta Upsilon

The Geography Honor Society

Gustavus Adolphus College is home to the Lambda Iota chapter of Gamma Theta Upsilon (GTU), an international geography honor society. Gamma Theta Upsilon was founded in 1928 and became a national organization in 1931.

Benefits of Membership

Gamma Theta Upsilon membership is earned through superior scholarship and is an honor and a professional distinction. Members receive a certificate, suitable for framing, and can wear a GTU honor cord at graduation. During your first year of membership you will receive two copies of the Geographical Bulletin, containing articles of geographical interest. No further membership dues are paid to the national organization after the initiation fee. Members are eligible to apply for Gamma Theta Upsilon scholarships and some employers give hiring preference to honor society members.


Members of GTU have met academic requirements and share a background and interest in geography. Initiates must have completed a minimum of 3 geography courses, have a B average in geography, must rank in the upper 35% of their class (gpa of approximately 3.5) and shall have completed at least 3 semesters of college course work.