WHAT IS Urban Studies ABOUT?
We are living in an Urban Age. In fact, most people on the planet today live in cities. Chances are you will live the rest of your life in a city. DU's Urban Studies minor offers a broad, multidisciplinary introduction to the urban social and natural environment. Students learn about the history of urban society in the United States and other parts of the world, various approaches to understanding the contemporary city and its problems, and the impact of urban politics and economics on a variety of topics. These include:
- city planning
- architecture and placemaking
- policing and security
- transportation alternatives
- availability of affordable housing
- access to public space
- access to parks and green space
- educational opportunities
- access to cultural amenities
- design and construction of the built environment
- sustainable development
Students working toward a minor in Urban Studies take courses in anthropology, history, geography, communication studies, political science, real estate, sociology, and other disciplines. They think and learn about cities in an informed, disciplined and integrated way.
WHAT DO URBAN studies GRADUATES DO?
A minor in urban studies can prepare you for a job in fields like:
- urban planning and development
- criminal justice
- environmental planning
- human services
- law and government
- real estate and construction
- international development
- foundations and public policy research
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