Urban Studies

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Undergraduate Programs

Beginning Fall 2021

Students can concentrate in Urban Studies as part of the Environmental Studies major. The Urban Studies major will end as of Summer 2021. Current students in the Urban Studies major will be taught out.

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The Urban Studies concentration explores 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.

Students take courses centered around urban sociology and political economy, urban histories, theories and methods, urban planning and the built environment, or urban culture and representation, and complete a capstone seminar and internship.