MAJOR: URBAN STUDIES
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Urban studies is an interdisciplinary undergraduate program that combines classroom studies with real-world experience in the Austin metropolitan area. If you are curious about how cities are physically put together, the history of urbanization, the conflict and creativity that pervades urban life, the economic factors that affect urban growth and development, or the political dynamics shaping urban governance, you will find a home for your interests in urban studies. The urban studies major is also a great way to launch a socially and environmentally relevant career. You will be introduced to methods and theories that support constructive solutions to pressing problems such as poverty and homelessness, racial segregation, pollution, and inefficient transportation.

Declare This Major

Current students who want to change their major to Urban Studies are required to attend an information session, meet with an urban studies advisor, and submit an urban studies application. For information session dates and advisor contact information, please visit the Declaring Urban Studies as an Undergraduate Major website.

Prior to being admitted to the degree, you must have an overall GPA of at least 2.0 and have completed the urban studies' math requirements. Students on the 2012-2014 catalog must either have credit or complete each math course with a B- or better. Students on earlier catalogs must either have credit or complete each course with a C- or better.

  • M 316 or SSC 305*
  • M 408C or 408K**

* Other comparable statistics course may be approved by petition. Please consult the urban studies academic advisor if you have a statistics course you would like to petition.

**M 403K and 403L may not be counted toward this requirement.

Prospective University of Texas at Austin students should visit to learn about the application process and how to declare a major.

Required Courses

Visit the Urban Studies degree plan to view all required courses for the Urban Studies major in the College of Liberal Arts. View course descriptions of current Urban Studies courses.

Personality

Urban studies students are passionate, driven, and self-directed. To successfully complete the internship experience and the research project required, urban studies students need to be comfortable taking initiative.

Skills

  • Research and analysis
  • Excellent written skills
  • Self-inquiry and motivation
  • Ability to work in collaborative environments
  • Real world experience in an urban studies-related field
  • Ability to to articulate ideas and concepts to a wide range of audiences

Contact

Urban Studies
Undergraduate Academic Advisor: Valeri Nichols-Keller
BUR 436F
(512) 471.7286
v.nicholskeller@austin.utexas.edu

Director: Paul Adams, Associate Professor
GRG 414
(512) 232.1599
paul.adams@mail.utexas.edu