The Urban Studies minor at DU offers a multidisciplinary introduction to a range of issues that are affecting cities today. Our courses examine the history and nature of urban life in the United States and other parts of the world. They explore topics such as inequality and poverty, gentrification, transportation and landscape planning, housing policy, sustainability, building design and development and more.

The majority of the world's population lives in cities. A minor in Urban Studies can prepare you to make informed decisions about urban policy, planning and development questions that face today's citizens and their communities. Careers in fields like urban planning and development, social work, public policy work and human services benefit from the kind of skills you'll develop with the minor in Urban Studies.

DU's Urban Studies Minor Offers:

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    A multidisciplinary education with options to design your own course of study depending on your particular academic interests.

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    The ability to work with distinguished faculty across multiple disciplines who are engaged in the critical analysis of urban issues. 

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    Access to community and academic resources and partnerships that connect the classroom to the real world. 

Degree Requirements

  • To minor in urban studies you will need to complete 24 credit hours.
  • You may take no more than two courses in any one of the disciplines that participate in the minor: Anthropology, Communication Studies, Economics, Geography, History, Languages and Literatures, Political Science, Real Estate and Sociology and Criminology.
  • Courses in other disciplines may be substituted with the approval of the program director.

See the DU Undergraduate Bulletin for full course requirements.


DU's Urban Studies program connects social and physical city environments across a range of disciplines.

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