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Field of Study: Urban Studies


Urban studies programs teach people about the history and growth of large cities. These programs are sometimes called urban planning.



Students learn how to make policies and design programs for urban areas. They also learn how culture, ethnic diversity, and the environment affect cities.

Urban studies programs include topics such as:

  • Urban theory
  • Urban sociology
  • Statistics and research methodology
  • History of cities
  • History
  • Architecture
  • Geography
  • Political Science
  • Economics

Students also take courses about their specific interests, such as transportation, public safety, or overcrowding.

Community colleges and other 2-year schools offer associate degree programs. An associate degree usually takes two years to complete. After earning an associate degree students can transfer to a college or university for further study.

Many colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees in urban studies. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

Several universities offer graduate degrees in urban studies. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.