University of Calgary

Urban Studies Program

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What is Urban Studies?

Urban Studies is a broad interdisciplinary program designed to provide an integrated understanding of the social, political, economic, cultural, and geographic processes that shape urban life. Cities are sites of great cultural and ethnic diversity, economic diversity, economic innovation, artistic expression, resource consumption, wealth generation, and political conflict and cooperation. Today most societies are predominantly urban, even as global processes increasingly shape them. Understanding the processes that shape cities, as well as the ways in which cities shape processes that operate at other scales, lies at the heart of Urban Studies. The Urban Studies Program provides a strong background for students interested in working 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.  

Minors, double majors, and combined degree programs are also possible. An Urban Studies degree can be combined with a major or minor in fields such as:

  • African Studies
  • Architectural Studies
  • Canadian Studies
  • Central and East European Studies
  • Communications Studies
  • Development Studies
  • East Asian Studies
  • Enviornmental Science
  • Film Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • South Asian Studies
  • Women's Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Economics
  • History
  • Political Science
  • Sociology

Please note: you may not combine an Urban Studies degree with programs in Geography.

What Degree Programs are available in Urban Studies?

  • BA in Urban Studies
  • Minor in Urban Studies