Urban Studies

Programs Offered
  • Urban Studies (major and minor)

Note: Urban studies will not be accepting new applicants during the 2018-2019 academic year, and the major will be discontinued beginning in 2019-20.

The Urban Studies Program (USP) explores the city as a living organism by examining urban development, urban planning and growth, urban livability, and diverse urban communities.

Urban Studies (BA)


The interdisciplinary curriculum examines how a city’s planning, politics, demography, and social inequality impact modern urban environments. The historical and contemporary forces that impact cities are explored to gain an understanding of the dynamic nature of urban centers. With a degree in Urban Studies, you graduate with the knowledge and skills that equip you to develop new strategies for producing better urban communities.

  • A minimum 63 credits are required for this major, including 28 upper-division credits.
  • Acceptance into this major requires at minimum 2.5 GPA in the urban studies curriculum at SPU, as well as a minimum 15 completed credits in urban studies courses at SPU.
  • A maximum 10 credits of URB 4940 Internship in Sociology can apply to this major.

Urban Studies minor


  • A minimum 30 credits are required, including 15 upper-division credits for Urban Studies minor.
  • This minor requires a 2.5 GPA at SPU.
  • Up to 5 credits of URB 4940 Internship in Sociology can apply toward the Urban Studies minor. 

Apply for the major or minor

  • Apply to the major or minor using the online Major or Minor application
  • You are strongly encouraged to take the core sociology and urban studies courses in sequence: Introduction, Statistics, Methods, Theory, and then Capstone.
  • With the help of your major advisor, create a plan including the combination of elective courses that will best prepare you to achieve your career and life goals.
  • You must complete the major or minor requirements in effect when you are admitted to the major or minor.
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Course planning

Suggested course sequences help you complete your degree in a timely manner.