Urban Studies gives students who want to make a difference in their community the experience and skills that they will need to transform and revitalize older neighborhoods, to design and plan new suburban communities; and to better the lives and well-being of persons across metropolitan and rural regions.  Our students will learn skills that are required for their lifetime success in important and challenging careers beyond the university. The opportunities are boundless -- our graduates have worked as community organizers, city and regional planners, architects, economic development specialists, lawyers, teachers, journalists, social workers, city managers, and many have entered careers in business.

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 -- including economics, geography, political science, psychology, and sociology -- as well as professional fields such as urban design and urban and regional planning. All students engage in theoretical and applied studies with a special problem focus on people, groups, and institutions within the urban community.  While the major serves as an important gateway to the many urban-related careers in the public, private, and non-profit sector, it also serves as a broad-based, interdisciplinary social science major or minor.

Internships, special topics, and/or applied research projects are available for every major. Internships are especially encouraged-- and are open to students who have completed at least three upper-division courses in the major and have a cumulative grade point average of 2.75. Internships are short-term positions with local governments or agencies or nonprofit organizations where students carry out projects related to their academic interests and skills. In addition to obtaining valuable experience, students enhance their prospects for future employment and graduate school. The internship coordinator for the department can prepare you for an internship experience. 

Urban Studies Advisor

If you would like to major (or minor) in Urban Studies, please contact the program advisor, Ray Hutchison, at hutchr@uwgb.edu.