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Urban Studies

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Urban Studies

Engaging the Century of the City

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.  Life in cities brings with it a number of compelling problems and challenges that require informed and active citizens.  These problems and challenges have been dramatically highlighted by the global migration of people to cities, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the spread of anti-racism insurgencies.

DU's Urban Studies minor offers a broad, interdisciplinary 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
  • social justice

Students working toward a minor in Urban Studies take courses in anthropology, history, geography, communication studies, political science, business, sociology, and other disciplines.  They think and learn about cities in an informed, disciplined and integrated way.


A minor in urban studies can help prepare you for a career in fields like:

  • urban planning and design
  • architecture
  • public policy research
  • community development work
  • social work
  • anti-racism work
  • housing and human services
  • real estate and construction 

For coursework details go here.