Impact Society

Urban Studies develops individuals who want to make a difference in their community: a difference in what happens to older neighborhoods in transition; a difference in what happens as new suburban communities are planned and built; and a difference in the lives and well-being of persons across urban and suburban areas.


Neighborhood organizers, program directors, advocacy managers
Government (Federal, state, local)
Community developers, urban policy analysts, program managers
Managers, coordinators and staff

What Will I Learn?

You will learn skills to enhance the quality of life in cities and surrounding areas. Coursework in the major includes introductory and advanced courses in many of the social science disciplines that contribute to the broader field of urban studies — economics, geography, political science, psychology and sociology. All students engage in theoretical and applied studies with a special problem focus on people, groups and institutions within the urban community.

Study Abroad
Dr. Marcelo Cruz often leads an international internship experience in Ecuador, which provides opportunities for students to hone technical skills and interact with professionals in the field.

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Endless Career Options
A major or minor Urban Studies offers you the skills and knowledge base for a wide range of challenging and rewarding careers in the public, private, and non-profit sectors.

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Internship Opportunities
Students in Urban Studies have held internship positions with numerous organizations in northeast Wisconsin, acquiring invaluable field experience and "hands-on" training.

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Scholarships Available
Students in the Urban Studies program may be eligible for a number of scholarships, which can greatly reduce the cost of school, making it affordable and achievable.

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Meet the Urban Studies faculty members

UW-Green Bay's Marcelo Cruz

Meet Marcelo Cruz

Marcelo Cruz is an Associate Prof. of Public & Environmental Affairs at UW-Green Bay. His research focuses on ethnic identity and land use, as well as urban and regional development in the United States and abroad. Prof. Cruz brings his work experience on community development and regional planning theory in Andean South America and Western Europe into the classroom. Recently his students worked on a redevelopment project for the Green Bay community and a waterfront district.

Prof. Cruz loves to impact his students in real and practical ways. If you have any questions about the Urban Studies program, please contact us!

Meet all of the Urban Studies faculty members.

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