The field of urban studies investigates cities and urban life in their physical, environmental, social, economic, and political manifestations. It explores the causes, prevalence, and consequences of urban challenges, and considers the theory and practice of addressing such challenges. Its subjects range in scale from global social inequalities, to the local and personal ramifications of neighborhood design.
Students from any major can benefit from minoring in urban studies. Social scientists will learn public management and community organizing. Engineers will learn about urban infrastructure systems, including water supply and transportation. Humanities majors will discover that planning thought draws heavily on critical analyses of race, class, and ethnicity. Science majors will find that planners apply knowledge of statistics, engineering, and environmental systems to solve complex problems.