Our urban studies minor offers you a broad, interdisciplinary introduction to the urban social and natural environment. You will learn about the history of urban society in the United States and other parts of the world, different approaches to understanding the contemporary city and its problems, and the role of urban politics, economics and culture in shaping city life. With this minor you can prepare for advanced study and careers that require thoughtful urban analysis and advocacy.


Why Take Urban Studies?

We are living in an urban age. City life brings a number of compelling problems and challenges that require informed and active citizens.  These concerns have been dramatically highlighted by the global migration of people to cities, the COVID-19 pandemic and the spread of anti-racism movements.

A minor in urban studies prepares you to address these and other challenges facing urban communities. Our commitment to an interdisciplinary approach allows you to explore issues from different perspectives and encourages a comprehensive understanding of urban problems and potential solutions.

Careers for Urban Studies Graduates

A minor in urban studies can help prepare you for a wide range of careers, including:

  • Urban planning and design
  • Architecture
  • Public policy research
  • Community development work
  • Social work
  • Anti-racism work
  • Housing and human services
  • Real estate and construction


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