Cities have played a key role in our lives throughout history as the center of power, culture, economic wealth, migration, social interactions, and as home of our greatest artistic works, buildings, and infrastructure projects.

Incredibly complex and multidimensional, the city has been called humanity’s “greatest invention.” At the same time, the city has also been the locus of our greatest social problems and inequities, including racial discrimination, poverty, homelessness, environmental degradation and unsustainable forms of urban expansion.

Students in the Urban Studies minor will explore the physical, conceptual, spatial, social, cultural, historical, economic, environmental, and political dimensions of the urban realm as they complete the minor, drawing from the principles and methods of the humanities and social sciences.