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The processes that shape cities

Urban Studies is a broad interdisciplinary program designed to provide an integrated understanding of the social, political, economic, environmental and cultural processes that shape urban life, with particular attention paid to how these processes operate in space and time.

Cities are sites of great cultural and ethnic diversity, economic innovation and inequality, cultural expression, resource consumption, wealth generation, and political conflict and cooperation. Today most developed societies are predominantly urban. They are also increasingly shaped by global processes, which play a critical role in shaping the sustainability of societies. It is impossible to understand sustainability issues without understanding the organization of cities.

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Learn more about a minor, double Major, or Combined Degree

You can combine your Urban Studies degree with a Major or Minor in:

  • Archaeology; Development Studies; International Indigenous Studies

Programs in Geography cannot be taken in conjunction with programs in: Earth Science; Environmental Science or Urban Studies. This restriction applies to Major-plus-Minor combinations, Double Majors, Combined Degrees and Second Baccalaureate Degrees because each of these programs integrates a substantial geography component.

What can you do with an Urban Studies Degree?

With an advanced degree or further specialized training, urban studies  graduates can work as a(n): architect, assistant city manager, community organizer, urban planner, policy administrator, environmental planner, recreation program designer. The Urban Studies program will prepare you for work in public and private sector fields including urban and regional planning, urban socio-economic analysis, environmental design, architecture, social and cultural development, economic development, urban politics, urban policy, city administration and education.

With an advanced degree or further specialized training, urban studies  graduates can work as a(n): assistant city manager, community organizer, urban planner, policy administrator, environmental planner, recreation program designer.

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Note: Minors are offered in Geography, Earth Science and Urban Studies.

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Phone: 403.220.5588

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