Urban Studies

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. Urban studies scholars ask questions such as: Why do people live in cities? Can homelessness be eliminated? Does public art reduce crime rates?

Put your education to work

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, social and cultural development, economic development, urban politics, urban policy, city administration and education.

The processes that shape cities

Urban Studies is an interdisciplinary program designed to provide an understanding of the social, political, economic, environmental and cultural processes that shape urban life. You will learn about how all these processes operate in space and time.

Today most developed societies are urban. Cities are sites of great cultural and ethnic diversity. They are also 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.

Degrees offered

Degree requirements

BA in Urban Studies
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Minor in Urban Studies
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Enhance your degree

Learn more about a minor, double major or combined degree

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

You can combine your geography degree with a Major or Minor from the Faculty of Arts or the Faculty of Science. Here are some examples:


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