USF’s Urban Studies program explores these and other questions by studying the city as an idea, process and living organism – with San Francisco as its guide. The interdisciplinary curriculum examines how a city’s planning, politics, economy, social classes and diverse populations impact the successes and failures of modern urban environments.
Graduates leave campus equipped with the knowledge, hands-on experience and communication skills necessary to kick-start their careers.
To major in Urban Studies, students must complete 44 units, including diverse and exciting courses centered around urban sociology and political economy, urban histories, theories and methods, urban planning and the built environment, or urban culture and representation. Students will also complete a capstone seminar and internship.
The SF Advantage
San Francisco is itself an ideal city to immerse oneself in the study of urbanism. There are several institutional resources to help students discover more about San Francisco and conduct research related to cities.
- San Francisco Planning Department
- San Francisco Planning and Urban Research (SPUR)
- Urban Ecology San Francisco
- San Francisco Public Library
- California Historical Society
- American Institute of Architects San Francisco
- San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
- Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
- William Stout Architectural Books